- This is a technical component that I've discovered but you have to soften the skin before you convert an image to Black and White. If you try to smooth the skin on a B&W image then nothing happens. If you run the software and then convert to B&W then everything works great. This is only a problem because the skin softening is typically the last thing I do with an edited image and this mainly just interrupts my typical workflow.
- The skin softening is almost too good. I go back in with a brush and sharpen the facial hair on men and quite often more features on men because the skin may be too smooth and feminine. I also go back and sharpen some of the other features such as hair, eyebrows, and sometimes the eyes or nose on occasion. I know the software uses selective masking for skin but I have noticed a slight softening of the hair and eyebrows, and eyes after using the software despite the claims that it maintains these details.
- The price is a little steep at $199.95 but the software is solid and if you shoot a lot of portrait sessions or weddings then it is easily worth the money.
- Super fast and it is so easy to use anyone can, even a beginner, can start using it today.
- The obvious use is for model portraits and the bridal portraits from weddings but I also have found that I use it a lot for newborn and children's photographs.
- Really quick usage as plug-in for lightroom. Lightroom opens up new plug-in window and saves new edited version beside original photograph.
- There is now a plug-in version for video but I have yet to try it.
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