Archive for April, 2013
Celebrating 12 years as the Best Shortcut to Perfect Color
PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Photoshop Color Correction plug-in (originally Pictographics iCorrect Professional) was first introduced to the public April 27th, 2001. The latest issue of PictoScript Newsletter talks about the history of the plug-in.
David Ziser coined the phrase “Best Shortcut to Perfect Color” to describe iCorrect Portrait. The “point and click” approach to color correction and the unique skin tone technology developed by Pictographics International replaces the complex “chase your tail” Photoshop color correction process.
Joe Farace, the renown portrait photographer, said, “My favorite tool for correcting skin tones is PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Photoshop compatible plug-in….It does a great job in correction color”.
Photo compliments of Joe Farace
You can learn more about the history of iCorrect Portrait and how it can help you Make the Color Right in the PictoScript Newsletter and at www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm. iCorrect Portrait is available as a Photoshop Plug-in, Elements Plug-in, and PaintShop Pro plug-in.
At PictoColor we tend to focus on Making the Color Right, which is certainly an important ingredient in a beautiful portrait, particularly getting the skin tones right. But, color isn’t necessarily the only parameter to consider when creating a beautiful portrait for a client. Smoothing skin, removing blemishes, reducing hot spots, making teeth whiter, and other cosmetic corrections can certainly enhance a portrait. Another plug-in that is a great companion to iCorrect Portrait is Arcsoft’s Portrait+ Auto Retoucher for Portraits. The following photo compares the original (left) with Portrait+ without iCorrect Portrait correction (center) and iCorrect Portrait & Portrait+ (right). The corrections made with each plug-in are described below. I used Photoshop Elements 8 with the two plug-ins, but they work with newer versions of Photoshop and Elements.
First, I used iCorrect Portrait plug-in to correct the color. After opening the photo in Elements I selected the iCorrect Portrait from the Filter pull down menu. Next I set the tonal range by setting the Auto White and Black points and then clicked on several neutral areas (white on shirt and head band) to remove the color cast. Then I clicked on Face icon to activate the Skin Tone correction and clicked on a couple of areas of skin and I was finished. I also activated the Sharpen feature so that sharpening would be applied automatically and then clicked OK.
Next I selected Portrait+ from the Filter pull down menu. Using the Clean Up menu I soften the skin, reduced the shine on Emily’s forehead, and whitened the teeth. The process was really quick and I was satisfied with the new portrait. There is much more that can be done in Portrait+ and you can find out more at Arcsoft’s website and download the demo version (which I used for this post).
While I am impressed with what Portrait+ plug-in can do to make help make beautiful portraits, the color must be right before you use it. That is why I recommend using iCorrect Portrait plug-in first to Make the Color Right and then Portrait+.