Tag: skin tone technology
PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Ps plug-in (for Photoshop, Elements, and PaintShop Pro) is known for it’s “Point and Click” approach to color correction and PictoColor’s proprietary Skin Tone Technology which makes color correcting people photos a breeze. What we don’t often talk about are the time saving workflow features built into iCorrect Portrait that really streamlines portrait color correction. This video tutorial shows explains these features and how any portrait, wedding, school or sports photographer can save hours color correcting photos.
For more information on iCorrect Portrait plug-in just go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.
There Must Be An Easy Way to Get Perfect Skin Color
Getting the correct Skin Color Can be difficult when editing people photos in Photoshop, Elements, or PaintShop Pro. The many tutorials and videos describing how to get the skin tone right suggests how difficult and time consuming it can be. But, there is an easy way. Here is a video tutorial that shows how PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Plug-in’s (Photoshop, Elements, or PaintShop Pro) “point and click” approach to color correction and PictoColor’s Skin Tone Technology can simplify the process.
While this video was made for PaintShop Pro users it is applicable when using iCorrect Portrait in Photoshop or Elements. For more information go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.
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+.
After posting the description about using iCorrect Portrait to color correct my new Facebook profile photo yesterday I decided to see how Photoshop Elements Auto Fix and PictoColor’s iCorrect OneClick compared with the iCorrect Portrait’s skin tone technology. “Was it really better?” Well, you be the judge. Click on the photo to get a larger view of the comparison image. The original photo (actually a cropped portion of a snapshot taken at my birthday party) is on the left. It is a bit dull and lifeless.
Photoshop Elements Auto Fix
The second image is the Photoshop elements Auto Fix (click on the Enhance and select AutoFix from the pull down menu). The result is certainly better but still is somewhat dull and has a yellowish color cast.
PictoColor’s iCorrect OneClick Plug-in
The next image is the result of using iCorrect OneClick plug-in. I selected OneClick from the Filters pull down menu and simply clicked on the white door frame. OneClick automatically analyzes brightness, contrast, and saturation and makes a best guess correction. The result is really much better, but still has a slight magenta tint and bit too much saturation. I think most people would be quite happy with the result from OneClick and it certainly is quick and, I think, more pleasing that the PSE Autofix. BTW, for a limited time you can get a free copy of the 32 bit version of iCorrect OneClick Plug-in.
PictoColor’s iCorrect Portrait Plug-in
The final photo is the result using iCorrect Portrait 2.0 plug-in. I selected iCorrect Portrait from the Filters pull down menu. Then check the Auto White and Auto Black boxes, click on the same white area on the door frame (the color balance tool is automatically activated). Finally, click on the Face icon to activate the skin tone memory color feature then click on an are of skin, such as my neck and chin. Yes, it took a couple more clicks, but the result is better skin tone, which is the real strength of iCorrect Portrait.
Our experience and the experience of our customers suggests that both iCorrect OneClick and iCorrect Portrait can improve the color of people photos much better than Photoshop’s Auto Fix and (if you know how to do it) much faster than using other PS tools. I typically use OneClick technology on most of my photos since I usually use CorrectPhoto instead of PS or PSE because it is easier and faster and includes OneClick. But, when I really want to make the skin look real (like in my Facebook profile) I use iCorrect Portrait.
Rodger Kingston is one of our loyal customers using both iCorrect Portrait and OneClick Photoshop Plug-ins to color correct his photos. When I talked to him yesterday he had just returned from a trip to Hawaii with his wife, Carolyn, and was telling me that he used iCorrect Portrait to color correct the photos he took. He graciously agreed to send me an example and here is the before and after images of Waikiki Beach Acrobatics. (It is impressive how he captured the girls in mid-air.)
iCorrect Portrait “Point and Click” Color Correction with Skin Tone Technology
Here are the simple steps to fix the color using iCorrect Portrait.
- Set Auto White Point by checking the box. This image is best with Auto Black Off.
- Increase Brightness and Contrast +5 (one click each)
- Remove Color cast by clicking on several areas of white (white shirt, bucket, girls bikini (used Zoom)
- Corrected skin tones by click on several areas of skin of people
- Set Noise Removal and Sharpening (iCorrect Portrait automatically applies these in proper order: Noise removal, color corretion, sharpen)
iCorrect Portrait’s Zoom Feature
While not absolutely necessary in this image, the zoom mode feature which is activated by holding down the Ctrl/Alt key is helpful in many photos. In this photo if you clicked on the girls bikini as a neutral area without the zoom you would most likely get a strange color shift. Click on the image for a larger view and you will see that the bikini is polka dot and not white. With the zoom you can accurately click on a white area.
I don’t know how long it took Rodger to color correct the photo with iCorrect Portrait, but I did it in less than 30 seconds. If you don’t have iCorrect Portrait and want to try the free demo version go to www.pictocolor.com/portrait.htm.
More Rodger Kingston’s Photos
You really should go to Rodger Kingston’s website http://rpkphoto.smugmug.com/) (to see his incredible photos. He says he uses iCorrect Portrait and OneClick on virtually all of his photos. Thanks to Rodger for sharing the beach photo with us.