Sunday, January 3, 2010

How My Birthday Came and Went, Reviewing Portrait Professional

Yesterday I turned 41 and I had so many wonderful happy birthday wishes here, on Twitter, 4shared, FB, text message.. Thank you all! As many of you know, I work the midnight shift but have Fri/Sat nights off. What this usually means is that I stay on my work sleep schedule as much as I can and stay up until 2-3 am every morning. The one person who could not wait for my birthday was my 5 year old. For days she keeps asking me “Aren’t you excited?” She just couldn’t understand that once you get my age it is just another day. She came in and woke me up at 8am and wished me a happy birthday and then let me sleep for a little longer while she went down and watched cartoons. I heard DH stop home for a break (he’s the po too) around 9am and I then drug myself out of bed and downstairs for the big celebration. I opened my presents – an awesome new zoom lens for my new Canon Rebel, and some Bath and Body Works products.  Of course I had to try the camera out and was snapping some pictures of Kyleigh and Todd when he grabbed the camera and snapped some of me and Ky. UGH. No makeup, skanky hair, and about 5.5 hours of sleep. This made for a most unattractive photo. I was going to delete them but they were cute of Kyleigh so I kept them with the full intention of cropping my ugly mug from them.

This afternoon I was looking through a Popular Photography magazine and there was an ad for Portrait Professional. There was a coupon code for %10 off and offered a free trial download.  This evening I remembered the ad and went to the site for the free trial.  Of course I wanted to put it to the real test so I grabbed one of the horrible pictures from this morning and played with it in this program. All I can say is wow. This program is so easy to use. It walks you through every step and takes just a few minutes to give you a complete makeover! Well after playing with it I wanted to save it but you can’t save unless you purchase the full version. (I probably would have paid double what it costs, lol) There are two versions, the Portrait Professional which is $69.95 and a Studio Version which can be used as a Photoshop Plugin and supports Camera Raw for $99.95. I used the 10% Coupon Code in the magazine (PT4466) and saved $10 on the Studio Version.  See for yourself my results (and realize it took real guts to post this):

PortraitProExample

(click on the image for a BIG picture and don’t be too scared by my before picture!)

Pretty dramatic eh? I apologize for those of you who may have already heard about this software but I thought it was amazing and really it is so, so easy. I didn’t read any tutorials or manuals before doing this. My only issue is that when I purchased the program, it didn’t uninstall the trial version so I needed to do that but I guess it’s not that big of a deal.

Well, it’s now 330am and I need to finally get to bed before I turn into a pumpkin. I hope to have a new freebie posted for you later today!

37 comments:

Mozz said...

Lol Happy birthday dear Debbie...
I am late as always...
And you didnt scare me, thanks for posting your before pic...
I dont like having my photo taken for the same reasons lol...
But omg your right gotta get me that program...
Your always sharing such great things with us.. Thank you.. I also came to grab your wires and possibly your beads... Thank you for creating and sharing those as well.... *hugz*

Jo said...

Happy Late Birthday!!! You're almost as old as me. :-) Thanks for sharing your photo's, I am not that brave after I work my midnights! :-)

Dodie said...

Happy birthday! I love your blog!

BlueCat said...

Happy Birthday one day after!

angelfaye said...

happy birthday for yesterday!

Soro said...

ooh a little late, but still, happy birthday!!!

Anonymous said...

Happy birthday!

Cari D. Cruse said...

Bravo! Not sure I'd have the guts myself to post a non-makeup early morn pic... lol! But that software really did a neat job - pretty cool! Glad your birthday was wonderful! :)

IvoryKeys said...

Happy happy birthday! Late but still with all the best wishes that come with the original. Have fun with the new camera lens and your new photo edit program. Looks like a great one.

Edna B said...

I know I'm late, what else is new? But I wish you a Happy Belated Birthday. It sounds like you had a really grand day. I know you are going to enjoy your new lens.

Your photo came out fantastic. I am going to check out that program. Thank you for letting us know about it. Have a great day, hugs, Edna B.

The Wild Gardener said...

Happy, Happy! What a way to start the NY!! So VERY glad you shared your pic---it's wonderful to see what you look like. And thnx for sharing the info you do about software that you find---I love having a recommendation from someone that produces such amazing things. Enjoy the rest of your weekend & thank you once again for sharing all your creativity results with us!

Toucan Scraps said...

Happby Birthday Debs, you look gorgeous

Nita said...

Happy Belated Birthday Deb!
I wouldn't be brave enough to post my early morning pic. Gosh, if Portrait Professional can remove the under eye bags I definitely need it!!

Thanks again for all the wonderful CU goodies you provide for us.

NOTE: If there's anyone who has not yet purchased Deb's generous Commercial Use license, start the new year off right & get it today. What a deal!!

http://thescrappincop.blogspot.com/2008/05/favorites.html

Elle de Mai said...

Haaappyyyy birthday Deb! 41 years old? You are a child!!! (I am 56!!!)

Linda Walton aka bobbysgirlforever said...

Heya GORGEOUS! HAPPY BIRTHDAY over here on your blog too! :D

Deb, you are BEAUTIFUL any way and at any time! This is a LOVELY photo of you and your baby girl and I REALLY do like the filter results and only wish they were a little less spendy but, HEY, I can put them on MY birthday wishlist, right? He, he ... (that gives me half a year to save up!) :P

Happy New Year again and as I said before, you've started it off with a BANG girl! I'd LOVE to have half the creativity you have in one of those CLEVER fingers of yours! You TRULY do perform magic with whatever you put your hands to and that IS a GOOD thing!

Thank you for ALL that you have SO generously shared with ALL of us in SCRAPLAND this past year and I look forward to seeing what genius you post before us in 2010!

Love and hugs,
Linda :D

P.S. Congrats on your NEW camera AND lens! WOO HOO!

EM said...

Happy belated birthday! And you are beautiful before the makeover!

ladybug said...

Happy Belated Birthday to you Deb. It sounds like it turned out great.

Janice said...

How fab to actually see you! Happy Birthday, you are looking good especially considering the shifts you work. Have a good year.

Sara, aka Scrapping All The Way said...

HAPPY belated BIRTHDAY! :)

Anonymous said...

Cal Girl here!
HAPPY BIRTHDAY:))
If you want to save something from that trial program. You can do a snapshot. On my Mac, I can do Command, Shift,4--which gives me a snapshot to my desktop..not sure how to with PC.

Hummie said...

Every professional photographer should have a problem like that.

I missed your birthday? Oh no! Happy Happy!

Alaina said...

I bought that program months ago only to cover up my freckles. . . in what few photos I am in.

Andi Walker said...

Happy Birthday to one of my favorite people in the Digi world! Hope you had a great one. Thanks for all your amazing freebies. Have a great one.

Hannah said...

Happy belated Birthday! Don't worry, even at your early morning- before pictures you look very sweet and sympathetic!

Traci said...

Happy Birthday, kid! :D You're lots younger'n me....and still have the looks to prove it! Isn't that program great? Got it, use it, love it....life is good...even for this old lady. Who needs plastic surgery? Heheeheheh.

Addicted2Scrappin' said...

Happy belated birthdy! You look marvelous, dahling!

Gail said...

Happy Birthday! You look great with or without makeup - and that Portrait Professional software sounds awesome - will have to check it out.

Sarah Judith said...

Abelated Happy Birthday to you. I think you look great.

Thanks for the info on the photography program.

Jewels said...

Cool - I just figured out how to leave a comment for you! I feel so 21st century!!!! Anyways...thanks for all you do - here on your blog and as an officer! I live in Washington State where things are a bit edgy for officers. Wanted you to know we appreciate what you do!

Pictures were great! Thanks for sharing. I will look into this program too.

TerriM said...

What a crack up regarding your pic. I think we all feel that way when we are abruptly woke up...then "snap", LOL. So glad you had such a great Bday and what a wonderful gift for you and your new camera : ) That program is really neat, but of course I'm far from ready to even try something else right now. See ya later gator, hugs!! Terri, Hawaii

Shannon @ S and G Photography said...

You look great. Happy birthday!!!!
Thanks for the review.

2 Twisted Sisters said...

Shame on us for not stopping by your blog sooner to wish you a Happy Birthday!

Deanna said...

LOL - what are you talking about!! Your beautiful!!!! Thanks for sharing!

soffy said...

HAPPY HAPPY AND HAPPY (41) BIRTHDAY!!
Sorry for be late but i was out home!!

wow the program make it great!.. thanks for share!

THANKS FOR ALL AND HAVE A GREAT 2010 YEAR!
A Hug from Colombia
Soffy

Anonymous said...

Thanks for all your new goodies!
41 eh? You're just a chicken.
These new programmes really get you, don't they? I spent ages after getting InPaint which was on giveawayoftheday. You did a great job on that photo, brave girl. Everyone should have this, lol!
Robin

Aeryn said...

Happy Birthday Deb!! Sorry I'm a few days late. You share your birthday with my beau's daughter & we were in Florida to celebrate with her. I love the pic with you & your little one :-)

Jody :-)
Munchkyn Scraps

TxOzRoze aka TOR said...

wow those are amazing results!