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ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 Review

Daniel Bell reviews the latest version of ArcSoft Portrait+, which has an improved workflow and you can even adjust your subjects skin tone.

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ArcSoft Portrait+ is an auto retoucher for portrait shots that includes batch processing and one-click presets. We are testing version 3, which has a simplified workflow and other improvements. It is available as a standalone program for Windows priced $149.99 (around £90.95 as of 30/12/13) or as a Photoshop plug-in (Windows only) for $59.99 (around £36.38 as of 30/12/13). Mac versions will be released in the future.

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ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 Features

  • Automatic detection - detect faces with 24 key facial features
  • More than 20 faces can be recognised and retouched simultaneously in one photo
  • Auto detect all visible body skin for intelligent retouching
  • Batch processing - import a folder of photos or hundreds of images and apply presets to all with one click
  • Enhance photos with manually edited effects
  • Batch export all photos to any folder with adjustable size and quality
  • Smart blemish removal to eliminate deep scars, pimples and other imperfections while simultaneously restoring the original skin texture
  • Reshape and fine tune facial features with a click
  • Optional makeup kits to beautify portraits
  • Easily find the best results with an embedded comparison interface
  • Enhancement tools allow optimising an effect and creating new presets
  • Retouch some faces while ignoring others in a photo
  • Adjustable skin tone
  • Simplified interface and improved workflow
  • Achieve natural effects with optimised presets
  • Enhance the current photo with presets
  • Save files with their original names or batch rename them
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ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 Performance

When you open the program you can import an individual picture or an entire folder. You can also drag and drop individual pictures in. The software will then detect your subject's face and automatically find the key points, such as eyes and nose - the accuracy appears to have improved on version 3. The key points can be adjusted, there are a series of dots that need to be in certain areas of the face, if you get stuck there is a help box which gives you a diagram showing where to move your dot to.

The editing options are on the right hand side of the screen, firstly you'll see the presets. There are 10 to choose from, this is a significantly lower amount from version 2, we assume this has been done in order to help simplify the editing process. 
If you're using the software on male faces you need to be careful as the presets make them look a little feminine. Performing the edits to multiple images is easy, just load all of the images you want to edit, each preset has the option to apply all images, which appears underneath the list of presets. You'll find examples of the presets below.

ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 Sample Photos

When you've finished with the presets you can click edit which takes you to a lot of editing options. The best way is to start at the top and work through each option one at a time. They are split into three sections - skin magic, enhancements and makeup. Within skin magic there is the adjust skin area option that shows you the mask created for the skin, which you can adjust if it hasn't got it quite right automatically. You can also now change the skin tone of your subject.

Many of the other editing options allow you to adjust sliding scales from 0 to 100, or use the low, medium and high options. Be careful, it is easy to overdo some of the editing options - although this can be great fun as well! You're also able to create your own DIY styles, choosing from soften skin, remove shine, slim face, brighten eyes, enlarge eyes, remove circles, enhance nose, deepen smile and whiten teeth.

The bottom of the screen shows you thumbnails of the images you've loaded in to Portrait+. The export button is also here. When you've finished your editing it's time to save. Whether you're editing one or a hundred photos, the process is the same, you hit the export button. You're able to choose the location you want to save to, rename, resize, choose the format and quality. You can also apply a preset to all of the images you are exporting.

ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 Verdict

The latest version of ArcSoft Portrait+ feels very similar but there are some quite significant changes. The workflow is clearly much simpler than before and the ability to be able to adjust the skin tone is also a very handy feature, which is easy to perform. As with the last version, it is ideal for beginners who don't want to go down the Photoshop route, but want to edit portrait shots. It's as simple as loading your image, selecting your preferred preset and exporting.

If you've got a number of images to edit you'll find the batch editing feature extremely useful. Where professionals may be put off is the lack of RAW support, but those with more experience and their own style will enjoy being able to make their own presets. It's a little on the expensive side, but the ease of use and performance stand out, meaning we are happy to recommend ArcSoft Portrait+.

  ArcSoft Portrait+ produces impressive portraits and is now even easier to use.

ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 Pros

Even easier to use
You can now adjust skin tones
Available as both a standalone program and Photoshop plug-in
Batch processing
You can make your own presets

ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 Cons

Standalone version is a little expensive
Easy to make male subjects look unnatural
Users who upgrade my miss the larger number of presets from version 2
No RAW support


ArcSoft Portrait+ Version 3 is available as a standalone program for Windows priced $149.99 (around £90.95 as of 30/12/13) or as a Photoshop plug-in (Windows only) for $59.99 (around £36.38 as of 30/12/13). For more information, visit the ArcSoft website.

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