The need for portrait retouching is practically a given, even if your subject is nearly flawless and your photographic talents outstanding. But making your clients—or family and friends—look their best can be time-consuming. Anthropics’ PortraitPro, recently updated to version 12, is an efficient, easy-to-use application that can make retouching quick and, when used skillfully, bring out the best in your portrait subjects. With presets or sliders (the latter offer more control), you can eliminate skin imperfections, enhance your subject’s features, adjust lighting, and even sculpt facial structure and change eye color. Moderation is key, though—in the end, you want your subject to look natural.
Several editions of PortraitPro are available, all of which provide extensive retouching tools. This tutorial shows the Studio Edition.