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Re: Skin Smoothing Plug-Ins
Old 07-02-2006, 11:41 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Originally Posted by CaptainKen
I have the digital Gem Plug in and think it does an amazing job. I seldom use Gaussian blur anymore. I use it on it's own layer than then adjust the opacity to taste and then use a mask to erase the smoothing effect around eyes or anything I want sharp. You can try it for free it just has water marks on your image until you pay for it. I used it on this which may appear to smooth after downsizing but it looks great on the full size image.
I agree with Ken. It is my most used portrait retouching plug-in. Always use it on a duplicate layer. Experiment with the settings until you find ones you like. It is very effective as a Photoshop Action. Add a layer mask and use a black brush to eliminate the effect on areas you want sharp (eyes, hair, etc.).


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