I am a believer, generally speaking, in keeping full, skilled control of the creative process, so tend to shy away from complex software or plug-ins that adjust or edit images automatically (or semi-automatically). However, I am intrigued by the plug-ins that claim to ease the process of touching up, making more flattering, etc. portrait images (making skin look 'perfect' [whatever that means], removing lines, changing shapes, optimising facial proportions, etc.).
Although I am sure that doing it manually is better, does anyone have any advice on these plug-ins / applications and which of them works best? I understand they won't be perfect, but if they get me 80% of the way there and help with large volumes of images, that will be a help. (I am awaiting the response that this can't properly be automated, and kind of agree - but advice on the options would still be welcome...)
I use a Mac BTW, if that is relevant...