>> Tuesday, May 12, 2009
I was playing around with different skin softening techniques and I hit upon a method that does a nice glamour skin softening with a soft glow. It is completely different than the skin softening in CoffeeShop PowderRoom and should not be used as a replacement for that action. I personally feel this action is better for portraits of women where you are interested in a more glamorous skin treatment. However, if you use this modestly it is really nice in most portraits (even children and babies) as it makes their skin glow. This action also has the classic Eye Define and also a slightly different method to brighten eyes using the screen blending mode.
In this action you use a soft white low opacity brush in each layer mask to get results. I usually go overboard a bit then dial down the opacity of that layer. It is important to not overdo eye "pops" and skin softening. You usually don't want your portraits to look like space aliens. ;-)
A few more notes. You can use the Bright Eyes layer to brighten teeth, eye whites, hair, and anywhere in your image you need a bit of brightness. The Eye Define layer is great to "define" parts of your image that need some extra sharpening. It is great on urban landscapes (rust and peeling paint) or nature (tree trunks)!
I would be interested to hear your comments on which skin softening is your favorite! Remember, this action does not replace PowderRoom or Perfect Portrait, but is just an additional method for certain situations where you not only want soft smooth skin, but a subtle glow. Heck, download them all, they are FREE!
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