On RAW I’m always recommending things that I come across that make your life easier. When it comes to post production or post processing, whatever you want to call it, I know personally I seem to spend a lot of time on skin. I came across a little plugin for Aperture, Lightroom and Photoshop that was apparently going to make it easier and ultimately quicker for me to handle skin. Of course I was a little skeptical at first, but hey if it works then that would be great. So Imagenomic sent me a copy to play with and well it actually does work. I’ve used it on 3 different shoots that i’ve done over the past few weeks, and each shoot i’ve learnt a little more about the software and how it can help me get those skin tones just right.
The 1st shoot I just used it at it’s default setting and the results were pretty good. They were much like if I would have just used the basic skin smoothening tool in Aperture 3. So nothing major to report their except that it would have cut a considerable amount of my processing time.
Quick hint: While I remember it is easier to do all your skin retouching first, then run Portraiture, then continue on with your sharpening and whatever else you plan on doing to your photo.
The 2nd shoot is where I started to play with some of the settings, mainly the masking tool. I found I could control the areas which would receive the processing. Suddenly I was beginning to unlock to power of this little plugin. Although the default settings did a good job at selecting the skin tone I was able to get a better result using the eye dropper and tone colour selectors. Once I got the hang of it, it was still a lot more faster then using the skin smoothening tool, and I had some more control over the skin tone colour.
Now for the 3rd shoot. It was this shoot that got me loving this little plugin. I had done a bit of reading, I had two shoots under my belt when it came to using the software so now it was time to push it and see what I could do. Turns out I didn’t really need to push it I just had to read the manual earlier. You see there are presets built into to it which offer a great starting point. I haven’t done this with a plugin before but I’ve decided to do a little screencast of an edit with Portraiture 2 handling the skin tones. I think you’ll get a better sense of how easy it is to work with this way.
So as I mentioned it’s cut down on the time that i’ve had to spend working with skin and I believe it would be money well spent for anyone who is doing a lot of portraits. If your using it let me know.