PortraitPro Body now lets you change your subject’s entire body

Aug 31, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

PortraitPro Body now lets you change your subject’s entire body

Aug 31, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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This is one of those announcements that’s going to split the photography world in two. Some will be over the moon that such a tool exists. Others will be infuriated that yet another piece of software is taking the skill away from photography & retouching. A few will also not care one way or the other.

Regardless of your position, PortraitPro Body from Anthropics Technology is here. Described as “the Industry’s first dedicated full body retouching software”, it’s designed to speed up workflow. It also works for both male and female subjects.

Changing a person’s shape in a photograph is one of those things that often causes a lot of controversy. On the one hand, there’s the whole “unrealistic body image” aspect of things, which is a perfectly valid argument. On the other, there’s people who simply want to appear “better” in photographs of themselves. I would bet that few portrait photographers haven’t been asked “can you make me a little slimmer?” at some point.

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The latter is the market Anthropics are aiming at with this software. Photographers shooting individuals who make requests about how they want to look in the photographs they’re purchasing.

PortraitPro Body’s cutting-edge technology is based on academic research into human appearance and on extensive training in human body shape and beauty, which ensures fast automation and the most appropriate, fully adjustable results.

As well as adjusting a subject’s size and shape, the software also includes airbrushing and contouring tools to suggest increased muscle tone and definition. It can also correct awkwardness in posture.

With most semi-automated retouching software, of course, there is always the option of overdoing things. Turning people into caricatures with plastic skin isn’t usually desirable, but it is only an option, not mandatory. So, PortraitPro Body lets you dial in as much or as little adjustment as you like. If you just want to make a small tweak, then that’s all you need to do.

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I very rarely do any kind of body shape modifications in my work, and almost never touch Photoshop’s “Liquify” tool. I can do it, I just don’t want to. I’ve always been a big believer that if you want to look a certain way in a photograph, then look that way in front of the camera. So, I can’t see this software fitting into my workflow.

Others don’t always have that luxury, though. So, If the software looks interesting to you, then head on over to the PortraitPro Body gallery. See for yourself what it can do, and make up your own mind about how it might fit into your workflow.

Like Portrait Professional, PortraitPro Body is available in Standard and Studio editions acting either as a standalone application or as a Photoshop plugin (studio only).

You can see a full comparison between the two versions here. The regualr price for Studio version is £99.90, with the Standard edition at £59.90. You can buy now at a discounted price of £49.95 and £29.95 for the Studio and Standard versions, respectively.

Have you got PortraitPro Body yet? Are you already a user of Portrait Professional? Will you buy PortraitPro Body? Or will you endlessly rant online about how photographers who use it are awful and should just learn how to pose/light their subjects properly? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

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John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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22 responses to “PortraitPro Body now lets you change your subject’s entire body”

  1. Kay O. Sweaver Avatar
    Kay O. Sweaver

    *Grabs popcorn*

    1. udi tirosh Avatar
      udi tirosh

      Was thinking the same

  2. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  3. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  4. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  5. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  6. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  7. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  8. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  9. Kevin Auld Avatar
    Kevin Auld

    If it can actually do that reduction without hours of work, I’ll be fairly impressed. I can think of at least one well known model who it could work for!

  10. JaxVenture Avatar
    JaxVenture

    I am very much a beginner but I just looked at the site out of curiosity… The backgrounds also ended up being all misshapen around the person. The plain background stuff looks fine but the other stuff totally looks subtly warped.

  11. Sean Avatar
    Sean

    Let the bashing begin!

    1. David Hovie Avatar
      David Hovie

      Yes please.. this software is disgusting

    2. Tolot Avatar
      Tolot

      you need that software…. give me your adress i buy you a copy.

  12. Tolot Avatar
    Tolot

    so the social media folks won´t leave their homes because all their 500 facebook friend will see that they are cheats.

    LOL…. what a useless crap.
    photography becomes a lie more an more.

  13. catlett Avatar
    catlett

    Wait … can you do it in reverse? Like I want to make people have really really large bodies?

  14. moonshin Avatar
    moonshin

    i tried it. not impressed. not worth spending my money on

  15. Michelle Porter Avatar
    Michelle Porter

    DIsgusted. I spend my entire life trying to convince women and men that they are ok as they are. What message is this sending? I don’t use the product anyway, prefer photoshop, but won’t use it now on principal.

  16. András Király Avatar
    András Király

    The first image pair is definitely fake. It is pre-distorted: check the shape of the ball. And the whole body of the woman is absolutely unreal. So, can we trust in this company and their product?

    1. Bodo Brochterbeck Avatar
      Bodo Brochterbeck

      I got the same impression immediately. Pre-distorted! Unfortunately the company is cheating. Very aggressive marketing is also an indicator.

      Same with Portrait Professional: try to apply face shaping repeatedly to a face. The face will not reach optimal relations and contours, however: it will result in a monster.

  17. Abel_Wilson Avatar
    Abel_Wilson

    Mehh.
    I guess it all boils down to the ethics of the user in the end of the day.
    It’s just a tool and it seems like while some things are very convenient, they seem messy.

    When I retouch people’s photographs, I make changes that I think the brain would automatically filter if you saw that person IRL.

    For example, a really skinny girl in short shorts could be sitting on a chair. Now normally your brain would filter out details of her thighs if you saw her IRL
    However in a photograph you would have her flesh flatten out because they are pressed against the chair and make her thighs look thicker than they actually are. Using the liquify tool to sort such an imperfection is an easy fix.
    (A professional model, would always raise her knees a little higher when thee photograph is taken, to avoid this from happening)

  18. Thomas Davies Avatar
    Thomas Davies

    Must admit I’ll probably give it a look-in at some point. I generally shoot theater portraits and whilst I’m generally against heavy re-touch, I do find Portrait Pro to be a pretty useful tool in moderation and actors are a very image conscious bunch!