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Beautiful Portraits with PS Elements, iCorrect Portrait, and Arcsoft Portrait+

by on Apr.09, 2013, under Color Correction, iCorrect Portrait, Photoshop Elements, Photoshop plug-ins, Tutorials

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.

Portrait Compare: Original, Portrait+, Portrait+ & iCorrect Portrait (click to enlarge)

Portrait Compare: Original, Portrait+, Portrait+ & iCorrect Portrait (click to enlarge)

 

iCorrect Portrait Plug-in with PictoColor’s Skin Tone Technology

PictoColor iCorrect Portrait Plug-in with Skin Tone Technology (Click for larger image)

PictoColor iCorrect Portrait Plug-in with Skin Tone Technology
(Click for larger image)

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.

 Arcsoft Portrait+ Auto Retoucher for Portraits

Arcsoft Portrait+ plug-in--Portrait Retoucher (click for larger image)

Arcsoft Portrait+ plug-in–Portrait Retoucher
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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).

Conclusion
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+.

Final portrait using iCorrect Portrait and Portrait+ (click for larger image)

Final portrait using iCorrect Portrait and Portrait+
(click for larger image)

Wayne www.pictocolor.com

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