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Bob Pierce
Smoothing Skintones
on Nov 25, 2013 at 11:42:41 pm

I've got an interview with somewhat harsh lighting and want to pretty the face up a bit by softening the color channel. I used to be able to do this pretty easily in Apple Color. I can use a secondary to qualify the face, but how do I go about smoothing the skin? All I can find in the secondary window is saturation, contrast, etc (only very crude controls). Is there a way to do this?
Thanks!
Bob Pierce

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Chris Borjis
Re: Smoothing Skintones
on Nov 26, 2013 at 5:10:00 pm

what if you put an adjustment layer over the clip in premiere, then
apply that face qualifier to the adjustment layer, then back in premiere
apply a very slight Gaussian blur?

Just thinking out loud, not sure if that would actually work.



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Bob Pierce
Re: Smoothing Skintones
on Nov 26, 2013 at 8:26:00 pm

Hi Chris,
Thanks for your response - yes, I thought about that too, but then I figured if I'm going to do that I might as well do the work in after effects. My larger question is, is there a way to use the blurring effect but limit it to an HSL selection (you know, a secondary?) Are speed grade's secondaries really this limited? Next to useless, really. Or am I missing something?
Bob

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Bruce Greene
Re: Smoothing Skintones
on Nov 28, 2013 at 8:15:52 pm

Try the "blur range" filter. You can't do it with secondaries in SG right now

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Michel Gallone
Re: Smoothing Skintones
on Jul 16, 2014 at 6:15:58 pm

Inside Speed Grade, I do soften faces by applying a new primary layer and then lower the contrast of the mid-tones. It works quite well

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