Review Date : Tue, 2 Oct 2007
Author : WDC Team
You probably don't want to spend hours going through your pictures, painstakingly retouching them if there's an automated alternative.....
You probably don’t want to spend hours going through your pictures, painstakingly retouching them if there’s an automated alternative.
One such essential plug-in is Imagenomic Portaiture. This works with all versions of Photoshop CS, fitting itself neatly into the filters menu. For portrait or people photographers it’s an absolute godsend, as it smoothes skin tones to remove blemishes and gives skin a soft glow, without losing detail or affecting other areas of the image.
Imagenomic has developed algorithms that recognise just the skin – from pasty and spotty to day-glo orange spray-tan to ethnic tones – in one easy click. It places a transparency mask over those tones before applying its smoothing effects. There are a few presets for the ultimate loafer, but there’s also a variety of controls for the creative or meddling ‘Photoshopper’ to fine-tune or make their own adjustments. These can then be saved as custom presets to be called up at will.
The preview pane supports single-frame viewing, or alternatively you can split the screen to view the before and after effects. It also has the option to open supplemental preview windows so you can compare different effects and choose the best.
Often, these types of plug-ins can destroy a picture and make it look false or obvious, but this one is very accurate and natural looking, helped in part by the level of control it offers. Even better, you can batch process entire folders of images, thanks to its compatibility with Actions and Photoshop’s Image Processor script.\n
VerdictAn essential tool for the portraitist or people photographer. If you sell your pictures, a tool such as this is bound to help drive sales.
An essential tool for the portraitist or people photographer. If you sell your pictures, a tool such as this is bound to help drive sales.