App can automatically retouch batches of images
Akvis has launched Akvis MakeUp 1.0, a new image-editing app for retouching facial and skin elements. The program automates skin retouching without affecting any other elements of a image, and can run in a batch, processing each image in a folder. It automatically hides small imperfections in skin tones, but can also be used manually to find the "golden mean" between glamor and authenticity. The software runs as a standalone app or a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, compatible with v6.0 up to CS5 64-bit and Adobe Photoshop Elements versions 1-9. It is also available for Windows.
RAW files from Canon, Nikon, more supported
AKVIS has launched an update to its photo-retouching software, releasing AKVIS Retoucher 5.0 today. It restores photos by removing dust, scratches and stains, and can reconstruct the missing parts of a photo automatically. Version 5.0 introduces a spot-remover tool, which quickly removes small skin imperfections with one click. Also added is RAW file support, with Canon CRW and CR2 support, Nikon NEF support and ARW, RW2 and PEF files also onboard. A proper OS file dialog for loading and saving files is also new.
Smoothing amount, skin detail, radius adjustable
Digital Anarchy has introduced a retouching tool, Beauty Box 1.0, for After Effects and Final Cut Pro. The utility focuses on blemish removal and smoothing skin, with a filter that is claimed to reduce the need for masking. Facial recognition technology is allows the app to recognize skin areas. After setting the filter to auto-detect, users can simply adjust the level of smother and then render the filter.
Portrait Professional Mac
Anthropics Technology on Thursday unveiled Portrait Professional 8 for the Mac, offering users intelligent portrait touchup software, which the developer claims will create custom controls specifically for a given image. Portrait Professional offers users over 80 beautifying controls that can soften skin tones, change hair and eye color, reduce pore size, or add an airbrushed effect, as well as many others. Portrait Professional 8 for Mac sells for $80, with a RAW-enabled version available for $120.