Week 17 – Dynamic Skin Softener in Color Efex Pro 4
Image by © Tony Corbell
The Dynamic Skin Softener filter softens details in an image based on color. When you select a particular color in the image, it softens similar colors throughout the image based on Color Reach and detail size without affecting other objects in the image.
Let’s begin by taking a look at the filter controls, and how we can use these to achieve the desired effect.
There are two methods that you can use to select a color:
1. Choose the eyedropper tool and then click on your image to select a color. For portraits, we recommend selecting a color on the forehead between the eyes.
2. Click on the color patch to open the color picker for many different color options.
There are several different methods available that will control how much softening will be applied to the selected color.
Color Reach: Color reach controls the range of colors that will be softened. Moving the slider to the left will narrow the color range and therefor remove softening from the image. Moving the slider to the right will increase the range of colors effected, increasing the softening present in the image.
The following sliders can be used to control the amount of softening applied to the image. At 0%, no softening will be applied. Moving the slider to the right will increase the amount of softening.
Small Details: Applies the softening effect to the small details in your image.
Medium Details: Applies the softening effect to the medium details in your image.
Large Details: Applies the softening effect to the large details in your image.
Tip: The Dynamic Skin Softener filter is not just for portraits! You can use this filter on any color in an image that you would like to soften. For example, a flower, clouds, feathers, etc.