Facetune App – Review

On February 26, 2014, in iPad, iPad mini, iPhone, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Facetune app for iPad/iPhone
Developer: Lightricks, Ltd.
Facetune for iPhone: $2.99
Facetune for iPad: $3.99


Applications for portrait retouching on the Mac are often complex and quite expensive. Apps that perform similar functions in iOS are less expensive (or free) but usually aren’t as capable. A new competitor, Facetune, is now available for the iPhone and for the iPad.

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Portrait+ for Mac – Review

On June 27, 2013, in Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Curt Blanchard

Portrait+ for Mac
Developer: ArcSoft
MSRP (download): $161.99

Facial enhancement on photographic portraits is a process that requires skill, experience, and patience. Removing a blemish is relatively easy, but getting skin smoothing and shine removal done well is more difficult. One-click facial enhancement with Portrait+ is instant and the results are often startlingly effective.


Before and After.

Portrait+ includes 19 preset Style fixes and 8 preset Makeup settings; all are one-click fixes. For more granularity, there is a DIY panel with 8 adjustment sliders for additional fine grain tweaking—Soften Skin, Remove Shine, Brighten Eyes, Remove Circles, Whiten Teeth, Enlarge Eyes, Deepen Smile, and Slim Face. The latter three are dimensional distortions that reshape facial features. They need to be used with restraint.

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Inpaint Mac

On October 14, 2011, in Mac OS X, Macintosh, Photography, Review, by Mark Greentree

App Developer: Maxim Gapchenko
Version Reviewed: 3.0.2
Licence: US$4.99

Have you ever taken a photograph of a spectacular sunrise or sunset only to notice that there is a distracting sign or power lines in the frame?

Inpaint can help you remove these distractions with ease. The process is known as cloning and has been a feature of many photographic editing applications over the years. Inpaint concentrates solely on this functionality and does so in an interesting way.

Traditionally you would select an area to clone using the cloning stamp and then you would proceed to replace the unwanted content with the information captured. Inpaint in contrast only requires the user to highlight the area of the photograph they wish to have removed. Then with one click of a button the distraction is gone.

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