Anthropics has launched Portrait Professional 9 an update of the portrait airbrushing software available for Mac and PC.

With Portrait Professional 9, Anthropics claims pro and enthusiast users can quickly and easily enhance photographs using a series of sliders.

Portrait enhancements include the ability to automatically eliminate skin blemishes such as spots without creating unnatural looking skin, remove grease, sweat or white highlights and wrinkles and lines.

Portrait Professional 9 can reshape different aspects of the face to make it slimmer or more attractive, adjust the lighting on the face to make it more flattering or remove shadows.

Other enhancements include the ability to brighten or change eye colour, enhance whiteness of the eyes, whiten teeth, colour and reshape the lips and thicken, colour or smooth hair.

Portrait Professional 9 includes a new applied patent 'ClearSkin' skin texturing technology that enables 'blown' or burnt out highlights on the skin to be successfully retrieved and realistically re-textured in seconds says Anthropics.

Portrait Professional is available in two versions targeted at keen amateur and professional photographers. Portrait Professional Standard 9 is a standalone version that omits the Photoshop plug-in, batch mode productivity features or the RAW file support. Portrait Professional Studio 9 can be configured as stand-alone or as a Lightroom or Photoshop plug-in to speed workflow. It also works directly with Camera RAW.

In June, Portrait Professional 9 costs US$69.95 (around £42) normally $99.95, while Portrait Professional Studio 9 costs $99.95 (£60), normally $149.95.

Portrait Professional 9 requires Mac OS X 10.4 or later, and is Intel based, or Windows 2000/XP/Vista

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