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Portraiture smoothens everything including eyes/lips

496 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jun 26, 2013 12:03 AM by hibhaven RSS
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I do portrait/fashion photography amongst other things and have recently tried out Portraiture v2 for skin smoothening. While its a quick & effective way to smoothen the skin of the model, I notice that it ends up softening/smoothening the eyes and lips too. Generally one woud tend to make the eyes/lids sharper, however on using Portraiture it renders them softer. How do other photographers deal with this? Does Portraiture allow a mask where one can remove smootheness from selective parts of the image? Or do most photographers use the skin smoothening tool in Aperture itself?


Would help to get different perspectives on this. Thanks in advance.


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.1), Intel Core i7, 4 GB RAM, 500 GB HDD
  • léonie Level 8 Level 8 (46,330 points)

    Mmmm..not a single reply in 4 days!

    Sorry, there do not seem to be many Portraiture users here. It is a quite expensiveadd-on, if you do not do many portrait photos. The trial I downloaded does not work with my current Aperture version.

    Or do most photographers use the skin smoothening tool in Aperture itself?

    I am using Aperture's skin smoothing brush, set to a moderate strength in combination with edge detection. That preserves the sharpness of the eye and mouth, but I add edge sharpening anyway. That is quite sufficient for the few portrait picures I am doing.

  • Kirby Krieger Level 6 Level 6 (11,550 points)

    Portraiture from Imagenomic is a complex, thorough, expensive plug-in.  One of its features is (afaict -- I don't own it) _auto-masking_ faces: creating a mask of the skin areas that leaves out the eyes, mouth, and other areas to which one usually does not want skin-smoothing applied.  If this feature -- or any others -- are not working for you, you are probably going to get a better answer by inquiring on the Imagenomic forums or asking them.


    Here is a screen shot from Imagenomic's site showing the auto-mask preview:



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