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.

Blog Image Presets

PortraitPro Tips: Working with Presets

PortraitPro 12’s slider interface allows for in-depth creative control over the editing process; perfect for those who like to spend time developing a personal retouching style.

For those who prefer a more hands-off approach, the presets menu gives you a wide range of editing options that can be applied with a single click.

Some presets, such as the ‘Standard’, ‘Glamorous’ and ‘Natural’ presets, affect the whole image. Others, such as ‘Add – Eyes – Brighten’, affect only certain sliders and can be layered on top of existing presets.

There are even presets tailored toward different age groups, to ensure that the edit is most flattering to the subject.

If that wasn’t enough, you can also create your own presets and add them to the library or even set them as the default for every image. Learn more.

You can create as many  presets of your own as you like, so that when you edit a wedding for one client, you can create presets for that event, and then create a new one for the next client if you wish.

With so many presets available, there might be some you haven’t discovered yet! Why not try them out today?



10 ways to improve your photography skills

As “Back to School” looms for the kids, it’s a good time to think of a new learning project for yourself too.

  • Take a college class, and learn from someone with a solid experience in photography.
  • Join a photographic society, camera club or a meetup group.
  • Ask trusted friends and family for critique.
  • Practice every day. No matter what the subject, or the weather, just keep taking pictures.
  • Learn to problem solve. You may not have the perfect equipment, but you’ll have something that will do a reasonable job.
  • Get to know your camera inside out. Knowing your way around your camera and other photography equipment can help you take a shot quicker when you need to be speedy.
  • Set yourself a photography challenge such as a 365 project. Working within a particular constraint can be interesting and challenging.
  • Get out and visit somewhere new. You’ll be inspired to take pictures of somewhere you haven’t seen before.
  • Get to know all of your photography equipment well, including your post processing equipment. There’s a wealth of tools in PortraitPro to help you make better pictures, and it’s very easy to get going very quickly.
  • Become an art student. Not just in the formal sense by taking a class, but start to consider yourself a student of art of all kinds. Photography is informed by other art forms, and is aesthetically pleasing when it conforms to the same rules as other art.

For instance, the artist Rembrandt is remembered for his style of painting light and shadow on faces, and this method is often employed by photographers. Chiaroscuro is another art term referring to the use of light and dark, and is often associated with the work of Caravaggio, who uses the light and dark in his paintings.

Man with rembrandt lightingFinding other art to photograph, such as sculpture, Haute Couture, or architecture, can help you learn about pleasing lines and composition, which can help you improve your own art.

Start experimenting with PortraitPro, download the free trial today.

Young girl with Violin

8 Tips for successful ‘tween portrait shoots

Taking family portraits is a rewarding experience for any portrait photographer, but tweens can be a difficult phase to capture.

It’s a golden chance to capture a young person’s personality, and it’s a record of their interests now.  Maybe their senior portrait will show a completely new interest, or maybe they’ll stay the same, but it’s a great way to remember how they were right now.

Here are some tips to make the process much easier:

  • If you can photograph them on their own, they’ll be much less self-conscious.
  • Talk to them and explain what you’re doing. Get them involved and they’ll be interested.
  • They’ll also be much happier if you capture them doing something that they love, dancing, playing a musical instrument, painting etc.
  • Ask them if they have any ideas of what they’d like to showcase.
  • Be interested in them.
  • Show them the images that you’re taking, and reassure them that they’re going to get photos that they will like as well as Mom and Dad.
  • Use your portrait editing software to clean up any transient blemishes.
  • Use Smart Photo Editor to offer them some additional, creative and unusual images

Take the pressure off the actual session:

Schedule a planning session with the whole family to talk about what will happen, and what everyone should wear. There’ll be much less tension between parents and kids before the session if the kids know what to expect, and they’ve already agreed on what they’d like to wear. Everyone’s much happier when they’re comfortable in what they’re wearing and kids and tweens have their own ways of expressing themselves too.

Teen girl leaning against tree

Having several different ideas for locations, some indoors and some outdoors, can help; making sure that there’s some variety going on can stop the boredom setting in. It’s not just kids that get bored either!  No one likes getting stuck in the rain, so having a rain plan is essential.

PortraitPro is the best way to clear up any small blemishes, and it can give kids, tweens and teens the  confidence that any blemishes they don’t like can be cleared up, quickly and easily.

They might also like to tell you which effects they like best from the Smart Photo Editor Gallery.  Have some example images ready so they can see what they look like.


Girl doing customer support

Your Questions Answered

Did you know that we offer all PortraitPro users free, life-time support?

If you have a question visit our support ticket system to get in touch with our support team.

This week our Customer Support team share the answers to some of their most frequently asked questions:

Q: My computer crashed and I lost my software! Do I need to buy it again? 

A: There’s no need to buy the software again. When you made your purchase you received an activation token and you can use this to re-install your software. If you have lost this, contact the support team with your name and the email address you used when you purchased, and they will help you locate it.

Q: Can I use PortraitPro as a plug-in with Photoshop/Lightroom?

A: The PortraitPro Studio and PortraitPro Studio Max editions can be set up as plug-ins for Photoshop, Elements, Lightroom, and Aperture. You can learn more about the different editions of PortraitPro here.

Q: I want to retouch my portraits, but not change the face shape. Can I do that?

A: Of course! All the controls in PortraitPro can be turned on and off.  To turn off individual sliders, simply set them to 0. If you’d rather turn off a whole tool set, click the green circle next to that menu.

Q: How do I upgrade my software?

A: The easiest way to upgrade your software is through the license manager. There is a link to this at the top of the upgrade page. Enter the activation token of your current software and you will be taken to a page where you can purchase upgrades. Once you have received your upgrade token, apply this to your current license and download your new software.

Q: There is more than one person in my picture, will PortraitPro let me edit multiple people?

A: Yes. With PortraitPro 12 you can edit multiple people in a picture by clicking the ‘other faces’ button at the top of the screen.

Q: I love the software but the presets don’t suit my editing style. What can I do?

A: It’s easy to make your own presets for PortraitPro. Simply choose an image and make any edits that you want. Now, click ‘Save Preset’ and choose a name for your new preset. You can even set this as your default so that PortraitPro applies it automatically to every image.

In Venice on Vacation

Taking your photo editing software on vacation

Whether you’re jetting off to somewhere exotic , or staying closer to home, it’s easy to do your photo editing on the go.

PortraitPro 12 has time saving features so you can set a customized preset, and leave the software to do the hard work.  Set your own preset to be the default. Everytime you open an image, the software will choose the settings that you’ve designed.

You can take your software anywhere, if you purchase from here, then you get an instant download, ready to go in minutes.

Try it out for free


Try out Smart Photo Editor too!

Happy 4th July!


Family on 4th July

Whether it’s grilling out in the park, on the beach, or catching the fireworks, there’s something for everyone to see and do on 4th July.

If you’re at home, check out your local fireworks displays and if you’ve got a trip planned, don’t forget to find out what happens there too. You might find something you’ve never seen before.

Benjamin  Frankin said: “ Time is Money”.

PortraitPro Studio Max batch processing can save you time on your portrait editing this weekend, leaving you more time to spend with your family.

Enjoy the sunshine and the savings! Download a free trial today.