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softening - Sharkdigger - 07-02-2013

Hi guys,
I'm just getting started with Portrait Professional and one thing I noticed immediately is that even though I pressed "Reset to original image" there still remains an unwanted softening effect. How do I get rid of that? I want to be able to control effects independently without starting off with a photo that is already softened from the start.
Apparently when you drag a photo into the program the photo gets "enhanced and prepared for you.."
Any suggestions?
J

By the way, when I bought the program it stated that it is available both as standalone and as photoshop plugin. I now see that if I want to install it as photoshop plugin I have to pay for an upgrade of $90. This was not stated at the time of purchase. Does that seem right to you?




















RE: softening - williamting - 07-03-2013

It should cost you less than US$30 for the upgrade. It seems that if you are lucky, you may get an additional 10% off. The prices are advertised here: http://www.portraitprofessional.com/editions/#

Check the upgrade price here:

http://www.portraitprofessional.com/buy/upgrade/?p=PPUE:Std:Studio

I assumed that you have the standard version, else, photoshop plugin is already there.


RE: softening - Sharkdigger - 07-03-2013

(07-03-2013, 05:31 AM)williamting Wrote: It should cost you less than US$30 for the upgrade. It seems that if you are lucky, you may get an additional 10% off. The prices are advertised here: http://www.portraitprofessional.com/editions/#

Check the upgrade price here:

http://www.portraitprofessional.com/buy/upgrade/?p=PPUE:Std:Studio

I assumed that you have the standard version, else, photoshop plugin is already there.

Thank you for your response. The link you gave me, however, leads to this page where the upgrade is still 89.95$, and that is supposedly after a 50% discount.
http://www.portraitprofessional.com/buy/upgrade/?p=PPUE:Std:Studio64

Can you assist me on that first issue I wrote about, the initial softening effect which occurs automatically when a photo is imported into the program? This is not an ideal feature because it not only softens skin texture but unsharpens everything including hair and eyes which I would like to keep untouched.



RE: softening - williamting - 07-04-2013

(07-03-2013, 10:56 PM)Sharkdigger Wrote: Thank you for your response. The link you gave me, however, leads to this page where the upgrade is still 89.95$, and that is supposedly after a 50% discount.
http://www.portraitprofessional.com/buy/upgrade/?p=PPUE:Std:Studio64

Can you assist me on that first issue I wrote about, the initial softening effect which occurs automatically when a photo is imported into the program? This is not an ideal feature because it not only softens skin texture but unsharpens everything including hair and eyes which I would like to keep untouched.

You are actually upgrading from standard to Studio 64 which is meant for people who need speed, unlimited image size and some other "extras". I would suggest you do step wise upgrade, ie, to Studio 32, unless there are features in the 64-bit which you are interested in.

I am using Studio 64 and regarding the softening effect you mention, I am not sure whether our understanding is on the same wavelength. That is why I may not provide sensible response to your question. On my computer, there is no unsharpening noticed. In fact, I have never noticed unsharpening in all their versions since I started using this software since their V3. So perhaps, what you see is different from me. Can you post an example?

However, having said that, if I view b4 and after, I did notice that the colour is slightly different. When I open the image on Photoshop, I noticed the same kind of issue. I believe it has to do with colour management. I am also struggling with this issue even on my PS but I know that the colour profile chosen affect what you see on the screen. Studio 64 provides setting of colour management.


RE: softening - Sharkdigger - 07-04-2013

(07-04-2013, 03:08 AM)williamting Wrote:
(07-03-2013, 10:56 PM)Sharkdigger Wrote: Thank you for your response. The link you gave me, however, leads to this page where the upgrade is still 89.95$, and that is supposedly after a 50% discount.
http://www.portraitprofessional.com/buy/upgrade/?p=PPUE:Std:Studio64

Can you assist me on that first issue I wrote about, the initial softening effect which occurs automatically when a photo is imported into the program? This is not an ideal feature because it not only softens skin texture but unsharpens everything including hair and eyes which I would like to keep untouched.

You are actually upgrading from standard to Studio 64 which is meant for people who need speed, unlimited image size and some other "extras". I would suggest you do step wise upgrade, ie, to Studio 32, unless there are features in the 64-bit which you are interested in.

I am using Studio 64 and regarding the softening effect you mention, I am not sure whether our understanding is on the same wavelength. That is why I may not provide sensible response to your question. On my computer, there is no unsharpening noticed. In fact, I have never noticed unsharpening in all their versions since I started using this software since their V3. So perhaps, what you see is different from me. Can you post an example?

However, having said that, if I view b4 and after, I did notice that the colour is slightly different. When I open the image on Photoshop, I noticed the same kind of issue. I believe it has to do with colour management. I am also struggling with this issue even on my PS but I know that the colour profile chosen affect what you see on the screen. Studio 64 provides setting of colour management.

You haven"t noticed that after importing a photo, without changing anything, there is a softening effect that is noticeable especially on hair when you compare before and after using the enter button? Perhaps you have different default settings.
I"ll try to post a comparison.
As for the version since I have 64 bit Windows 7 I was naturally looking at Studio 64, but perhaps that is not necessary. However, until I resolve the softening issue I may not use this program at all.