Happy Thanksgiving from Anthropics Technology

Happy Thanksgiving

Wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Anthropics Technology.

It’s time for Turkey dinners, family fun, and celebrations. It’s a busy time of year, and it’s important to take time to stop and remember what you’re thankful for.

We’re thankful for all of our users, and their feedback on what they like about PortraitPro.  We introduced in version 15, the feature most requested by photographers, the new makeup tools. Without our customer’s feedback we wouldn’t know what they wanted, and we really do listen!

We’re thankful for all our staff, working tirelessly to develop new tools to make sure that they’re the best that they can be, or to answer all of your customer support questions and help you to get your work done faster and easier than ever before, leaving you plenty of time to spend with your loved ones this Holiday.

We’re thankful for our ever- growing social media community, over 340,000 fans on Facebook, and our Twitter, Pinterest and Google+ pages.

We’re thankful for all the journalists and reviewers who have so much enthusiasm for PortraitPro and continue to review our new features and tell you what they think of our software.

Happy Thanksgiving to all our fans and friends.

Happy Thanksgiving from PortraitPro

PortraitPro 15 Out now

Upgrading to the latest PortraitPro!

Long term users of PortraitPro willl be really excited to see our recent new version 15 is out now.

If you’ve used Portrait Pro for years and you’re ready to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of your portrait editing software, then you may have misplaced your original license token.  We get it! We understand that it’s hard to keep track of everything these days, and that’s why we make it super easy for you to find your license token.

It’s called the License Manager, and it knows everything!  If you don’t have your license token, you can retrieve it by entering the email address you used when making your purchase. If you need to update your email address with us, the way to do this is by contacting our support team.

Upgrade PortraitPro

Alternatively, you can go to Help and Check for Updates within your current version.  It will also take you to the page with appropriate upgrades for your current version.

When you purchase an upgrade, you’ll receive an upgrade token, beginning with a U.  You need to use this token, to change your existing license from what you already had, to the new version you want.

Here are the instructions to complete your upgrade:

  1. Go the license manager page for your upgrade http://www.portraitprofessional.com/licenses/view/?t=UPX-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX
  2. Enter the activation token of the license you would like to upgrade from PLX-XXX-XXX-XXX-XXX
  3. On the next page you will see your new license details and the download links for your next software. Let us know if you need any further assistance.

The new PLS or PLM code that is generated on this page is the new license code you need to use to activate your new software.

We often recommend when upgrading, that it’s best to do a full fresh reinstall of the software.  Removing any older files and reinstalling all your new files for your new software can make sure that your new software continues to run smoothly.

If you have any problems, the best way to get in touch is to contact our Customer Support Team, by opening a Support Ticket here.

Haven’t got PortraitPro yet?  Get it here.   Or upgrade your existing license by going to the License Manager.

Male Preset

12 New Presets – Exclusive to v15 Customers

You may have read our recent post about creating custom presets. This week we’re excited to offer our v15 customers 12 brand new Everyday Presets.

These subtle presets, including Skin Smoothing Only and Enhance Eyes, are designed to fit into your everyday photo-editing for great, natural results. These presets are also perfect for use with our automatic batch processing.

These presets are only compatible with PortraitPro 15. Still using an older version of PortraitPro? Why not take this opportunity to upgrade?

Installation Instructions

Click the dowload link below. This will download a zip folder called “CustomPresets1.zip”. Copy the presets from this folder into the PortraitPro UserSavedSliders folder. The UserSavedSliders folder will normally be found:

Windows Windows users can go to the correct folder using the “Run” dialog by pressing Windows+R and then pasting in “%appdata%\Anthropics\PortraitPro\UserSavedSliders”

Mac Open the Finder view, then click on Go. Hold down the Option key (ALT on non-Mac keyboards) and click on Library, then navigate to “ApplicationSupport/Anthropics/PortraitPro/UserSavedSliders”

The next time you run the software, the presets will appear in the presets menu.
Get your free preset pack.



Creating Custom Presets in PortraitPro 15

PortraitPro 15 comes pre-loaded with dozens of presets to help you create a wide variety of looks quickly and easily.  These are perfect for quick touch-ups or beginner users, but what do you do if the default presets don’t suit your editing style or you’re ready to move into more advanced retouching?

What is a custom preset?

A custom preset is built using your own editing preferences and saved to the presets menu for easy access.

How do I create my own preset?

1. Open an image and edit it using the sliders of your choice.
2. Click ‘Save Preset’ at the top of the presets menu.
3. Choose a name for your preset and decide if you want to set it as the default for male, female or child subjects.
4. Click ‘Ok’ to store the preset.

How do I use custom presets?

Once saved, you can apply a custom preset by clicking on it in the presets menu, by selecting it as your default or by choosing it as the preset for your batch processing.

Do I have to use all of the sliders?

No, custom presets can be created using as many or as few sliders as you’d like. For example, you may want to create different makeup looks or lighting states that can then be applied to any image on top of the existing edits. Click ‘Select Sliders to Save’ to choose which sliders should be affected.Select Sliders copy
I’m moving PortraitPro over to a new computer, can I keep my custom presets?

Yes you can. For help transferring your presets visit our FAQ


Halloween makeup

Portrait editing for Halloween greetings cards

It’s nearly Halloween, but there’s still plenty of time to find those photos you took last year, polish them up and make them spookily better.

Wanting to wish your neighbors Happy Halloween? Use your last year’s images for your Halloween cards, and you can use your photo editing software to make them even spookier.

Use the hair recoloring tools to make hair darker, or redder, or ghostly gray! Use the eye controls to enhance or change eye color.  You wouldn’t normally use a really strong or intense color, but this time you can use your full creative imagination to make something just a little beyond reality.

There are some great effects in Smart Photo Editor, which can help you create really eerie images.

Our wonderful community of Smart Photo Editor users have created their own spooky effects, and you get to use them too. There are several different effects available under the categories of Gothic or Horror film, or Mystery, that could make your Halloween images authentically creepy!

Don’t forget to check out our blog post from last year, on how Smart Photo Editor can add ghosts to your family portraits too!

Why not share your best Halloween images on our Facebook pages?

Not tried Smart Photo Editor yet?  Get the free trial here.

Try out the free trial of PortraitPro too.





Fashion Portrait with Makeup in PortraitPro 15

Fashion Week Portraits with makeup in PortraitPro 15

Ideal for use on your fashion portraits, the latest version of PortraitPro now comes with new tools to add and adjust makeup.  The easy-to-use sliders make PortraitPro ideal for adjusting your fashion portraits.

When the skin and the makeup are flawless, then the image is all about the fashion, and the model’s look, the style and the message that the photographer wants to convey.  Natural skin touch up means that the fashion speaks for itself.

Whether you’re a professional attending the runway events at Fashion Week, or an aspiring amateur capturing street photography, PortraitPro is an affordable addition to your workflow. Give your images that magazine –ready look, without the hard work.

If your model didn’t have the makeup look that you wanted, maybe you wanted a different color lipstick, or eyeshadow, to better match the outfit, then you can add this in PortraitPro.

PortraitPro also has tools for relighting your subjects, so if the lighting set up wasn’t quite how you wanted it, then you can adjust it to suit the look you wanted.  At an event or out on the street, you don’t have the control over the situation that you would have in your own studio, so you have to do the best you can with the  light you do have, and with Portrait Pro, you can make the changes you need.

Model in Paris, in PortraitPro 15

With your portrait editing software you have full creative freedom, to make any changes you want. With the sliders, you can make the effects as subtle or as dramatic as you wish, and you can even create your own presets, so the software keeps making the changes that suit your style.

Share your fashion images with us on our Facebook page, and check out our ideas on our Pinterest board.

Try out PortraitPro 15 today, and see how it can improve your great fashion portraits.

PortraitPro 15 Out now

Announcing PortraitPro 15, out now!

We’re very pleased to announce the release of PortraitPro 15 this month. We’ve skipped from version 12 to version 15, so don’t worry, you didn’t miss out on anything!

This latest update to the portrait editing software includes several new tools, including the most requested feature by photographers, makeup controls.

The new makeup tools include eyeshadows that can be adjusted by shape and color and intensity; you can create as dramatic or as natural a makeup look as you want. Lipsticks can also be added and adjusted, creating a glossy look or a matte look, and with a full range of lipstick shades to choose from, you’ll find something to suit everyone. Blushers, highlighters, bronzers and mascara are all included too. We’re looking forward to seeing the wonderful makeup looks you’ll be creating in your portrait photography soon.

Blonde with makeup

We’ve also added a simple slider to fix lens distortion in portraits taken with a wide-angle lens. Lens distortion is also an issue in “selfies”, so you now look better in your self-portraits too!

We’ve improved the skin coloring tools and the features finder, so it’s now even more accurate.

Everything you know and love from PortraitPro 12 remains the same; great lighting controls, fully customizable sliders, create your own presets and set them to default, batch processing in the Studio Max edition. PortraitPro 15 really does have everything you need for beautiful portraits.

See what else is new in version 15 here. Need an upgrade to your existing software?  Use the license manager here and enter your current license token in the box to get your appropriate upgrade. Want try it out for the first time?  Get your free trial today! 

Seniors Class Photo, Graduating class of 2016.

When posing full class photos remember that it’s something that they will want to keep forever. Your design should be classic and timeless. It should be something that they will look at in the years to come, and think of it as a great photo with all their friends.

If you’re fortunate enough to have the contract for the official, whole class photo, it’s an ideal opportunity to tell the seniors that they can use you for their individual senior class photo too.

High school senior lying on grass

Photographing  teenagers can be challenging.

  • It’s a good idea to have a meeting with a senior where you sit down and explain how it’s all going to work. Giving them some idea how it will work in advance means that they’ll be much more comfortable when they come to you for the shoot.
  • It may be the first time they’ve ever had their portrait taken; they’ll be nervous and not sure what to do.  This is where you can set them at their ease; give them some tips on what they can do to get the best out of their session.
  • In the session, explain that they should bring appropriately coordinated outfits.  Talk about what their style usually is, and advise them on the benefits of coordinating colors. Get them to bring several outfits and maybe some props to the session.  3 or 4 changes of clothes should give you enough to get some good shots.   Props they might bring with them could include their musical instrument, sports kit / equipment, or anything associated with any other hobbies they may have. Allowing their personality to shine through your images is a key part of your job.
  • Discuss what locations you might want to use for their shoot too. Places in your town that they might like to go, to spend time with their friends, and places that look good. Fall’s a great time to be taking senior photos, but the changeable weather can be a problem, so make sure you have a rain plan.
  • In your session, you should also discuss what level of portrait retouching is acceptable. Teenagers will want to know that you can make them look good in your images. With PortraitPro, you can remove any unwanted acne, blemishes or marks, but still retain anything that might be a permanent part of the person’s features.  This can add to the teenager’s confidence level in having their photo taken for the first time, knowing that whatever issues they might have at the time, won’t be a lasting memory.  You can also remove stray hairs, remove red eye, and add catch lights. PortraitPro helps you get just the right amount of retouching. You can use the restore brush to bring back anything you wish to keep. You can keep everything as natural as possible, whilst eliminating what the person wants to remove.
  • You should discuss what they can expect to receive from you at the end of the session. This can create a sense of anticipation for the products they receive. Let them know that you’ll also share a few sneak peak images on Facebook.

Download your free trial of PortraitPro today, and see how it can help you create great senior portraits

Check out our Pinterest boards for more ideas.

10 Things to photograph on the last weekend of summer

Whether you want to escape the city, or head to the city this weekend, there are lots of things to photograph this weekend. If the weather’s good, it’s a great time to get out with your camera and shoot some last shots of summer.

Here are our top 5 interesting cities to see this weekend:


In the City :  Climb the Rocky steps, pay what you wish on the first Sunday of the month, and pay a visit to the Art Museum, for some great, iconic images of the city too. This is one of the best views of Center City. 

Out of town: Head to Longwood Gardens for Nightscape: A Light and Sound Experience. Get some great images with light and dark.


In the City: For the best architectural views of Chicago, take the Architectural River tour. Afterwards, stop off at Millennium Park to see the Bean. There’s always something interesting to discover in the Park.

Out of Town: Not so far out of town, you can hit the beach. One of the great things about Chicago is that you’re so close to a beach. Walk up Michigan Avenue to find Oak Street beach.  It’s not the ocean, but it’s still a great place to soak up the sun and get some great images of the sky scrapers in the background. The kids will love it too.

New York

In the City: In the city that never sleeps it’s hard to choose what to do, but on Labor Day Weekend,  most of the usual tourist destinations will still be open, all the restaurants and shops will still be open too. Live like a tourist for a day, even if you’re not. Check out the view from Top of the Rock, for the best view of the Empire State Building!

View of Empire State building from Top of the Rock

Out of Town: It’s a long way to go to leave NYC behind you, but with Central Park right in the middle, why would you need to escape to the countryside? You can manage to pretend you’re away from it all, sunbathing and taking in the greenery.  Take a picnic, and check out the Carousel too.  The city’s so big that there are several parks to choose from, but Central Park’s almost 6 times bigger than Vatican City, so there’s plenty of space to escape the bustling crowds and find your own place to relax.

 Washington D.C.

In the City: With flight and gas prices down again, it’s a great time to discover the capital, and the museums are free to visit too. Check out the National Gallery of Art, across the street from the National Archives. Visit all the museums, they’re all free!

Out of Town: Why not visit the University of Maryland’s Dairy for some handmade ice cream. As the end of summer arrives, you can capture some portraits of people eating their ice creams.


In the City:  Check out the Harley Davidson Factory this weekend at the Custom Bike show event. There’ll be lots of people willing to pose with their bikes and there’s music and food too, so there’s something all the family can enjoy. Further down 6th street, you can take in another tour, Milwaukee’s hidden gem, Great Lakes Distillery, Wisconsin’s first distillery since prohibition.

Out of Town: Take a trip to Leon’s frozen custard on South 27th, for some typical Wisconsin frozen desert, and that retro 50’s feel. Supposed to be the inspiration for the diner in Happy Days, Leon’s still has it’s original signage.

Wherever you are this Labor Day weekend, look for some interesting portraits. Take the time to look around you and see what interesting images you can find. PortraitPro will  help you with your portrait retouching, so you always get the best images. Try it for free today.

Photo editing software and family scrapbooking

2 girls looking at photos

Before the kids go back to school, give them one last job to help you out this summer.

Get them to create a few pages for your family scrapbook, and record what you did this summer.

Whether you’ve been to a wonderful wedding, or have some great vacation memories, you can scrapbook it all and keep your memories in print for generations to come. Portrait editing software can enhance your vacation photos so that everyone gets an image of themselves that they would like to keep.

Use your photo editing software to touch up your photos. You can give them the extra enhancement they need. When you’re all having a great time, there’s a rush to see everything and do everything, and to still capture the moment on camera.

You can also use your photos to make craft items too. Why not get the kids to make customized bunting to hang in their bedroom?

You can also cover notebooks and give an old binder a new lease of life by covering it with photos.

Check out more ideas for using your favorite photos from this summer on our Photo Crafts board. 

Try out portrait editing software today and get creative effects here.