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):
(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!