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Old 04-02-2010, 10:03 PM
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Automatic Skin Tone Retouching - Seeking feedback

Here is the result of automatic skin tone retouching. It's a single click automatic solution in that iis being added to TwistedBrush Pro Studio and I'm curious how members here think it looks. Perhaps the effect is too strong and I need to create 3 levels of strength?

http://content.screencast.com/users/...skin_tones.jpg


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Old 04-02-2010, 11:26 PM
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Interesting, but too strong.
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Old 04-03-2010, 12:31 AM
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Hi Slash,

Yes I do agree with you now that I've stepped away for a bit and have come back to it.

Thanks for the feedback!
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Old 04-03-2010, 01:24 AM
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Based on initial feedback I've added some lower levels of strength.

http://content.screencast.com/users/...in_tones_b.jpg

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Old 04-03-2010, 04:29 AM
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All of these tend to eliminate the pores as far as I can tell.
What you could rather try is extract the high frequencies (pores) and blur just the lower frequencies (general skin tone).
So far it looks like a simple "Surface Blur" in combination with "Color Range" (both PS).
You could further try to implement some skin color enhancement, e.g. helping against discoloration (in various strengths).
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Old 04-03-2010, 05:42 AM
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I agree with Der_W. Surface Blur + some masking.
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Old 04-03-2010, 10:09 AM
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Excellent eye Jonas and wojciech! Yes this is what it happening behind the scenes pretty much. I will explore deeper to see if I can retain more of the pores.

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Old 04-03-2010, 01:48 PM
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I now have 3 different styles of 3 levels each. In general Style A is the least strong and Style C the strongest. Therefore Style A level 1 should be the least change and Style C Level 3 the most change.

Style A. Original, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
http://content.screencast.com/users/...ce_style_a.jpg

Style B. Original, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
http://content.screencast.com/users/...ce_style_b.jpg

Style C. Original, Level 1, Level 2, Level 3
http://content.screencast.com/users/...ce_style_c.jpg

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Old 04-03-2010, 06:54 PM
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Re: Automatic Skin Tone Retouching - Seeking feedb

For a One click solution... WOW!... it left the hair looking good and only softened the eyelashes and lips just a tad.. nothing that a mask could not remedy..

A couple hours of Pixel level d&B it is not... BUT... One Click!.... Impressive!!
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Old 04-03-2010, 07:43 PM
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Thanks for the feedback and letting me know if I'm on the right track!

Yes manual intervention will always give better results. For some who just need a quick fix and more importantly aren't familiar with the techniques hopefully this will help.

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