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    skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    Hello all,

    I have shot two models with the Sony A850 in the studio, and processed in C1Pro6.

    I would like to stay in this software to complete the job—I have played around with the uniformity slider in the skin tone tab—but all I really need is some local softening ŕ la Aperture 'skin softening' brushes.

    Suggestions, please. I could output TIFFs after correcting in C16, then do the retouching on the TIFFs in Aperture, but would like to see if this can be done in C16.

    Cheers, KL

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    Re: skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    That Kit is a slippery slope.
    All of this homogenized and pasteurized skin drives me batty, and personally, I think that if you are going to bother, then it deserves the care of a full-up hand retouch.
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    Re: skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    Bob, I totally agree re homogenised and pasteurised—so I chose not to go the Uniformity route.

    So export TIFFS and use either PS or Aperture's Quick Brushes would be your suggestion? Cheers, KL

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    Re: skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    Each to his own, but I still use the old-school frequency separation technique in PS using the healing brush to copy texture where I want it. The problem with this content aware fill is that it is just weird sometimes and pits the strangest texture in the repaired spots. Weird, especially when all the skin around the fix is sharp and the repairs spot is soft. Bah, until it gets much better, I will still use the old school technique.
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    Re: skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    I still believe PS is the best for subtle retouching. Lots of "old" techniques that can be used sparingly to build a believable and flattering skin retouch.

    One thing I've noticed in C1 is the ability to drag a negative amount of Clarity. It tends to soften things and can sometimes be interesting. If you could spot-apply it, it might be worth trying.

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    Re: skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    Bob, what I really want is some sort of 'locally appliable' skin softening in C1. As far as I know there is not that control in C1, but I so far from being an expert in this software that the right descriptor does not come to mind; hence the post here.

    Tim, can clarity be applied on an adjustment layer? I will have to check that out.

    It's looking like export TIFFs to Aperture may turn out to the the most painless approach. Still waiting to hear from the Gurus!

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    Re: skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    Quote Originally Posted by kit laughlin View Post
    . . . can clarity be applied on an adjustment layer?
    Yes.

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    Re: skin softening/retouching in C1Pro6?

    Thanks CMB; I will try that. Cheers, KL

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