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Anthropics Technology Unveils Portrait Professional 8


July 17, 2008-- Image processing firm Anthropics Technology, announces the release of its new automatic photo editing and airbrushing software, Portrait Professional V8,

Portrait Professional is an intelligent portrait airbrushing software that has been 'trained' in human beauty. By statistical analysis of hundreds of photographs of faces, the software has learnt the features that are attractive and unattractive in human faces giving it a built in understanding of human beauty. This understanding means that for any given portrait the software actually creates custom controls specifically to enhance that particular face. The software contains over 80 beautifying controls to give the user fine control over the appearance of the face and hair.

Because of its innate knowledge of human appearance, Portrait Professional 8 requires considerably less skill and time than traditional touch-up software. After a simple 'mark up' stage, users can enhance most aspect of the portrait photographs instantly, simply by moving sliders.

The latest version of the software has been enhanced by further training in human appearance, particularly on the 3/4 views, in order to achieve the most realistic results possible. In response to feedback from fashion, advertising and catalogue photographers it also includes further shape beautification modes, such as neck lengthening.

Following the addition of new hair, eye and mouth beautifying controls, Portrait Professional 8 is also the only software in existence which enables automatic hair recolouring, hair thickening and hair smoothing in the editing stage. It also has similar enhancements for eyes and mouths. Iris colour, iris saturation, whiteness of the eye, pupil colour, and the sharpness and size of each eye can be individually controlled by sliders. Whiteness of the teeth, the colour contrast saturation and darkness of the lips and the sharpness of the overall mouth can be adjusted in the same manner.

The software is available in two versions: Portrait Professional 8, the standard version which works on JPEG and Tiff files (priced at 39.95 or US $79.95), and Portrait Professional 8 Studio, the high end version which also works directly on 16 bit Camera RAW files (priced at 69.95 or US $119.95).

Anthropics' CEO Andrew Berend said: "Whereas in the past, it would have taken a highly skilled user several hours to produce a quality finished, digitally enhanced image, it is now possible in less than ten minutes.

"Portrait photographs are by far the most common images produced by amateurs and professionals and we are delighted to be able to offer the world's first intelligent portrait enhancement software to speed and simplify complex touch up."

In response to the feedback of numerous enthusiast and professional photographers, this is the first version of Portrait Professional to be completely Mac compatible.

In addition, following extensive user testing, the software's interface, as well as the Help and Tutorial Systems have been significantly enhanced to improve ease of use.

Higher end enthusiast and professional users require absolute control of the colour of their images. To facilitate this, the higher end version of the software, Portrait Professional Studio, which works with camera RAW files, is now fully colour aware, such that any embedded colour profile is used in all stages of the processing, as are calibrated colour monitor profiles. In addition, the 16 bit RAW file format support has also been significantly extended.

Anthropics Technology Ltd is based in London, England and started life as CREATEC, the research division of the UK's National Film and Television School, doing media related work in human representation and animation. Researchers at CREATEC were responsible for a number of key innovations in both animation and human appearance modelling. This led to the commercial company Anthropics being formed to commercialise these innovations.

Over the past two years Anthropics has been exploiting its knowledge base to develop "the world's first" 'intelligent' portrait touch up system. This has been recently launched, and has proved very successful in the market place, selling on over 80 countries.