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PortraitPro Body Does Automated Body Transformation | Cringeworthy Or Praiseworthy?

By Shivani Reddy on August 30th 2016

Welcome the photography industry’s first full-body portrait software, PortraitPro Body, that takes advanced retouching to an ‘unbelievable’ new level.

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Obviously Photoshop can handle liquifying, retouching, contouring, and so much more, so what exactly does Portrait Pro Body have to offer that shakes up the retouching game? It’s first claim is definitely it’s major selling point: that full-body retouching can be done in under 10 minutes with the use of their software, no retouching experience required.

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With intuitive sliders, PortraitPro has made it simple to make minor or major adjustments to images, giving full range in editing specific body parts and exemplifying or reducing body features and blemishes. No longer is there a need for complicated tools and tedious refinement when software like this revolutionizes the art of the retouching. In a way it works like Photoshop’s more recent liquify tools, though perhaps less nuanced, and that’s problematic because good retouching is all in the nuance.

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the brains behind the beauty

The company consulted Anthropics Technology to develop their state-of-the-art software to include notable features such as posture correction, acne reduction, and basic facial edits. Anthropics Technology CEO, Andrew Berend, states that “PortraitPro Body was created in response to photographers’ need for a dedicated, easy-to-use body-editing tool. Anthropics are delighted to continue introducing user-friendly, powerful software to improve photographers’ workflow and to expand their creativity”.

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Anthropics Technology & PortraitPro implemented ClearSkin technology which cuts editing time in half with the use of one simple slider and a brush tool, refraining you from spending hours on removing individual blemishes.

how far is too far?

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We’ve all seen our fair share of bad retouches on both an editorial/professional level and in the freelance world, but this software in the hands of talented retouchers could mean a whole new standard of beauty. I mean, posture correction alone had me do a double take, but manufacturing unattainable body types and flawless facial features…all within just under 10 minutes…seems like motivation for more people to find ways to fix themselves to achieve a societal norm. Furthermore, anyone who does quality retouching in post understands that the level of control you’ll get when wielding Photoshop properly makes this look like a toy.

You can take a look at their gallery to see more examples and decide for yourself.

PortraitPro offers two versions, the studio software that allows you to process RAW files with a Photoshop, Lightroom and Photoshop Elements plugin costing you $60, and a standard software, a $40 option, that allows full-body editing but doesn’t include plugins, the support for different color spaces or RAW file support. If you want to give it a test run, they offer a free trial option, see for yourself what possibilities lie ahead with the ability to retouch full-body portraits in a matter of minutes:

PortraitPro Body Overview Video from Anthropics Technology Ltd. on Vimeo.

Source: Digital Trends

Shivani wants to live in a world where laughter is the cure to pretty much everything. Since she can’t claim “Serial Bingewatcher” as an occupation, she’ll settle for wedding/portrait photographer at Lin and Jirsa & marketing coordinator here at SLR Lounge. For those rare moments when you won’t find a camera in her hand, she will be dancing, eating a donut, or most likely watching Seinfeld.

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17 Comments

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  1. Claire Jaggers

    I see no issue with using this software if it is along the lines of what your client is requesting. While many may feel it is wrong or misleading to make these sort of edits, I believe we need to leave that up to the client. I am a photographer, and I am also a middle aged overweight woman. I often have clients ask me to “see if I can do something” about their belly pooch or saggy neck, or blemishes. You see, we ALL want wonderful photos of ourselves, but we simply don’t all look like models. Many people, would not even be considered attractive by most standards and that’s just brutal honesty. Yet, no matter how we look, no one wants to display a photo of themselves looking extremely overweight or peppered in blemishes on the wall. I myself, have not had my own photo taken in years because I keep waiting to finally find the willpower to lose the weight, so year after year goes by and there are never any portraits including me. This software might give someone like me the confidence boost to feel okay about having my photo taken. I don’t expect it to be changed so much that it no longer looks like me, I just want to see a little bit better version of myself. I can definitely see myself purchasing this program.

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  2. Paul Wynn

    This seems like an important and powerful piece of software. I do understand and appreciate all the comments made, but to me having the ability to reshape in such an accessible way has to be a good thing. I don’t see this as replacing the professional retoucher, but as an aid to help the typical working pro.

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  3. William Graves

    I view this in two ways.

    1) It’ll be discouraging if this level of retouching becomes so standard that photographers who opt out of it are viewed as inferior.

    2) It is an opportunity to offer a higher level of retouching (at a higher price) while this sort of thing is, for now at least, not standard.

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    • Shivani Reddy

      Your first point was actually one of my initial thoughts, that with the way the trend is going… retouching will be apart of post-production no matter the niche, it truly is a scary thought.

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    • Vernon Szalacha

      Isn’t it already? It’s the norm of portraiture and there are a lot of videos and articles showing how this was done LONG before digital.
      What’s great about this program is it will allow the person who has little, if any, retouching experience to be able to get images of themselves or others as they would like to look.

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  4. Justin Haugen

    Okay I need to see a live demo on this instead of a promo vid. That doesn’t even seem possible lol

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  5. Pye Jirsa

    Powerful piece of software, and frankly a bit disturbing that it actually exists. More disturbing is that I am sure it will be very successful and clients will want “digital surgery.”

    I feel like if people are unhappy about the way they look, they should put in the hard work and change their lives the real way. Not rely on a piece of software to change their self-image.

    But, to each their own I guess.

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    • Justin Haugen

      You know what always gets me, is that the most “beautiful” clients have given me the most grief about how they look in their photos. I feel like a psychologist more than a photographers most days.

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    • Adam Rubinstein

      By “the hard work and change their lives the real way,” you mean redefining beauty, and recreating their own images of their own bodies? Speaking as someone who lost a lot of weight by embracing aerobic and anaerobic exercise both, it’s easy to lose track of the vast complexities of the body. I have friends who run, work out four days/week, and eat very consciously, and their bodies are determined to stay how they are.

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    • Vernon Szalacha

      Unless your friends have a medical condition, it is as simple as calories in vs out. I was on the other side. Too skinny and changed that by really measuring the amount of calories going in vs out. If you and I could do it, anyone can (unless of course, they have a medical condition).

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    • Adam Rubinstein

      I don’t think it is. Yes, at an extreme, if you use more than you replace, you’ll lose weight. But different bodies store calories differently. My mom, for instance, frequently *gains* weight by not eating enough.

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    • Pye Jirsa

      I’m mainly saying, be happy with the way you are, or do something about it in the real world. I see digital manipulation in this sense more damaging than anything for a person’s self image.

      My clients are beautiful just the way they are, I truly believe that. But, if someone has a self image issue, I think anything other than addressing it in the real world is only going to further heighten the problem.

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    • Adam Rubinstein

      If doing something about it “in the real world” can mean the heavy lifting of negotiating one’s own relationship to the Beauty Standard (or just lifting heavy things), I’m with you 100%.

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    • Steve VanSickle

      I’m not sure what you mean by “clients will want”, they already do, and have for years. I’ve photographed events in my area for close to 10 years, and for my entire career, I’ve barely gone to a single event without getting “can you make my arms more toned?” at least 3 times. Muggles think this software with a simple “weight” slider has existed for years already.

      But would I use this software? Not likely. I’ll remove temporary blemishes (a pimple, stray hair, smudged makeup), but a person’s shape isn’t nearly as important to 99% of us as we think it is. I’ve known people that carry themselves as though they were a supermodel regardless of their figure, and it shows in photos. It’s about poise, and confidence.

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    • Claire Jaggers

      This may be completely true, but if you tell a client that, when they ask you to make them look thinner, you will likely have just lost a client. I think it’s to each their own, if this is what the client wants, it’s not for us to question or judge why they have not lost weight or why they have not been able to clear up their blemishes. For all we know, they could have a health condition that causes them to be unable to do a lot of physical activity, or a thyroid issue, or they could be on a medication that causes weight gain. No one wants a bad picture of themself, even if that’s how they really look. I haven’t had my own photo taken for years for this reason. I recently did my friends photos and she was very nervous about her looks, she has a thyroid issue and is also on medicine for another issue that causes weight gain, she is also a lot taller than her husband, which embarrasses her. At her request, through a few small tricks, I was able to make her boyfriend look a little taller, and her a little thinner, and she is absolutely thrilled with the photos. This software would have helped tremendously if I had known about it then.

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