FIRST EXPOSURE BY STAN SHOLIK
SOFT WARE REVIEW
A long-awaited update brings faster performance and an improved user interface.
The portrait work that I am called
upon to perform usually involves executive
portraits. I need to work through these
quickly in order to get proofs off to the
clients. Once the clients select the final
images, generally only light retouching and
no face contouring is needed or wanted.
Portraiture is perfect for my needs as it
strikes a nice balance between the simpler,
one-click-fix programs and more complex
applications that require you to choose or
adjust multiple points on the face before the
software can make adjustments. And it runs
beautifully as part of a Photoshop action.
However, in the years since the release
of version 2, image file sizes have grown
considerably and Portraiture has become
somewhat less responsive.
Portraiture 3 addresses this issue.
Imagenomics claims version 3 has twice the
speed and performance as the previous
version. They’ve also optimized for quality
and speed when handling large image files
taken with the latest high-resolution digital
cameras. These optimizations, along with
a revised user interface, make Portraiture 3
simpler as well as faster to use.
Where professional retouchers
will miss the complexity of retouching in
Photoshop with its heal and clone tools
and the ability to use frequency separation,
photographers who are not retouching faces
all day will enjoy the simplicity and ease of
using Portraiture 3.
I prefer duplicating my image
before opening it in Portraiture in case
I forget to click the checkbox in the
program to open the retouched image
on a new layer. As soon as you select
Filter>Imagenomics>Portraiture 3, the
image opens with a default skin mask
and minor corrections or your last saved
settings applied. You can view the original
image by clicking on the preview, or see
ABOVE: Portraiture 3 offers a revamped
interface and speed improvements so
retouching high-res files is less of a pain.
By my recollection, it has been about eight years since the introduction of
Imagenomic Portraiture 2. After this long wait, Portraiture 3 is now available.
As with the previous version, Portraiture 3 is a Photoshop-compatible plug-in,
supporting the latest 64-bit versions of Mac OS X and Windows operating systems and
Adobe Photoshop CC. The good news for users of Portraiture 2 is that the latest
version is a free upgrade. For new users, the cost is $199.95. I tested both the Mac and
Windows versions of Portraiture 3 and found them identical in every way.