Portrait Professional

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Developer(s)Anthropics Technology Ltd
Initial releaseJuly 2006; 17 years ago (2006-07)
Stable release
23.00 / October 8, 2022; 19 months ago (2022-10-08)
Operating systemMac OS X and Microsoft Windows
TypeRaster graphics editor

Portrait Professional or PortraitPro is a portrait photography retouching software developed by Anthropics Technology and initially released in 2006. It automates the photo editing process with algorithms that manipulate facial features, remove skin imperfections, alter colors and tone, replace the background, and so on.[1] It is available as a standalone application, as well as Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Aperture plug-ins on Windows and OS X systems.[2]


PortraitPro was released in 2006 by Anthropics Technology, a company founded in 1997 as the research branch of the UK National Film and Television School. The algorithms that allowed the software to identify facial features, assess the "attractiveness", and adjust the photo were developed in conjunction with researchers from Cambridge University, Oxford University, and Manchester University. The program initially required an active internet connection to calculate point data for face shaping, but moved to a standalone edition with version 6.[3]

PortraitPro 9 (2009) introduced the novel ClearSkin automated skin enhancer, which corrects skin defects, such as acne, blotchiness, roughness, wrinkles, age spots, and so on.[4] Version 10 (2012) added a specialized Child mode that applies enhancements suitable for the portraits of children.[5][6] In PortraitPro 12 (2014) the developers presented lighting and relighting effects based on a 3D model of the face built based on a 2D photo, and full optimization 64-bit systems, which provided a notable performance leap.[7]

In 2016, Anthropics Technology released PortraitPro Body, which employed the technology for body shape manipulation. It automatically identifies and mark-ups the body curves and position of the bones and allows the user to make adjustments to build, shape, and posture and use standard retouching tools to smooth the skin and remove blemishes. It was provided in standard standalone edition and studio edition, which adds plug-ins for Photoshop, Elements, and Lightroom.[8][9]

PortraitPro 17 introduced a background removal and replacement feature,[10] while version 18 added a brush that locally removes adjustments and edits for more complex and accurate work[11] In the following years, the developers added sky replacement tool and a library of sky styles, and made numerous enhancements for the existing automated and manual retouching tools.[12]


PortraitPro is available in Standard, Studio, and Studio Max editions. A basic standalone edition supports JPG and 24-bit TIFF files. Studio adds support for RAW and 48-bit coloc, conversion between color spaces and JPEG/TIFF embedded color profile support. It also enables batch editing. Studio Max is marketed as a professional tool with enhanced batch mode.[13] Studio and Studio Max editions also work as plug-ins[14] for Adobe Photoshop, Lightroom, Photoshop Elements, and Aperture.[15]

PortraitPro supports English, German, French, Spanish, Italian, Brazilian Portuguese, and Swedish.[16] Older versions had support for Korean and Japanese languages.[17]


  • Presets are pre-loaded settings for specific photo retouching tasks.
  • Touch Up/Restore Brush allow to remove spots and blemishes manually / restore the changes applied by automated retopuching.
  • Batch Mode allows for batch editing (supported in Studio and Studio Max editions)
  • Face Sculpt Controls adjust the shape of the face
  • Skin Smoothing Controls automate the skin retouching process (and allows to manually select the areas it should be applied to)
  • Eye Controls remove the "red eyes" on the photo and improves the general appearance of the eyes.
  • Mouth and Nose Controls improve the appearance of the mouth and nose.
  • Skin Coloring Controls adjust the color tone of the skin.
  • Skin Lighting Controls enhance the lighting on the skin.
  • Makeup Controls digitally add make-up, such as eyeliner, eyeshadow, lipstick, blusher, and mascara.
  • Hair Controls improve the appearance of the hair (and allows to manually select the areas it should be applied to)
  • Picture Controls allow to adjust brightness, contrast, and other basic settings, and provides a cropping tool.
  • Layers feature allow to remove or replace the background and add overlays.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Amy-Leigh Atkins (2021). "PortraitPro 21". Professional Photo. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  2. ^ "Portrait Professional Studio 11". Photo Review. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  3. ^ Mike Pasini (2007). "Portrait Professional -- Automated Makeovers". Imagine Resource. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  4. ^ "Anthropics Launches Portrait Professional 9". Creative Pro. June 1, 2009. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  5. ^ T. Michael Testi (January 30, 2012). "Software review: Portrait Professional Studio 10 from Anthropics Technology Ltd". *blogcritics. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  6. ^ Steve Bedell (January 13, 2012). "Portrait Professional 10 Software Review: Retouching Made Easy". Shutterbug. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  7. ^ "Portrait Professional 12 review: relight your photos". Photo Tips Online. Retrieved October 16, 2022.
  8. ^ "PortraitPro Body Retouching Software Announced". ePhotoZine. August 26, 2016. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  9. ^ mfereday (April 10, 2018). "Body sculpture is the designated aim of the next product from Anthropics Technology as your digital images try to match your wishful aspirations with regards to appearance". Gadget Speak. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  10. ^ "PortraitPro 17 Is the Latest Technology for Amateur & Professional Portrait Photographers". Shutterbug. June 29, 2018. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  11. ^ "PortraitPro 18 Features AI Functionality". The National Photograph Society. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  12. ^ "Anthropics PortraitPro 21: New Retouching Tools". Rangefinder. March 8, 2021. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  13. ^ "PortraitPro 22 Software Announced With New Tools For Editing Portraits". ePhotoZine. November 10, 2022. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  14. ^ "PortraitPro 22: Intelligent Retouching Software for Better Portrait & Wedding Photos in an Instant". Shutterbug. August 29, 2022. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  15. ^ "Portrait Professional Studio 11". Photo Review. Retrieved October 11, 2022.
  16. ^ "Portrait Pro User Manual" (PDF). Anthropics Technology. Retrieved November 6, 2022.
  17. ^ "What languages is PortraitPro available in?". Anthropics Technology. Retrieved November 6, 2022.

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