Digital Anarchy ( has announced Beauty Box Photo skin retouching software. The plug-in provides a way of smoothing skin and removing blemishes in photographs. Beauty Box Photo 1.0 is fully compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5 and earlier versions of Photoshop and Elements.
The software automatically identifies skin tones and creates an intelligent mask that limits the smoothing effect to skin areas while keeping facial details razor sharp, according to Jim Tierney, president of Digital Anarchy. This process requires minimal input from the user and in many cases is fully automatic, he adds.

Beauty Box Photo gets it render speed from new technology from Toonamation, Inc. and takes advantage of GPUs and nVidia’s CUDA. It’s regularly priced at US$99, but it’s on sale for $79 through June 210. The skin retouching software works in Photoshop 7.0–CS5 and Photoshop Elements 6.0–9.0. On Mac, the product runs on Mac OS X 10.4 and higher.