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| p.2 #14 · Portrait Professional problem - Produces blotchy skin |
Latest response from Anthropics is, no word on v11.
As for the 'Enhance Skin Only' import option, in their words "The reason that the Enhance Skin Only method doesn't work well, is because the software doesn't know the size of the head, so it cannot estimate the scale of the texture." Seems to me they should disable this option or at least tell people the issues with it since it is essentially non-functional.
As for addressing the blotchiness, not resolved and no new information on a work around from Anthropics. However, they did show me another problem, likely unintentional, when they retouched the file I sent them. If you use the 'Touch Up Brush' and then turn Off and then On again the Skin Control section, the Touch Up Brush adjustments you have made are lost and you will have to do them all over again.
So in summary here is my recommendations and work arounds:
1. Do spot removal before applying Portrait Professional, clone, healing brush etc.
2. Never use the 'Enhance Skin Only' import method, go straight to the Face Sculpt import even if you plan on not using the warping effects. Be accurate with the Face Sculpt positioning as this will affect skin texture around these masks.
3. If you use a preset such as 'Young Woman 35-45 Natural' make sure to find the right amount of 'Spot Removal' that best reduce the blotchiness, don't accept the default unless it is the best setting and you may indeed need to turn it off.*
4. Adjust the Texture Size slider to get the best results, they are not linear so -21 may be better than -15 or -26.*
5. If you use the Touch Up Brush, never turn Off the Skin Control button.*
You may find that one stab with Portrait Professional isn't giving you the best overall IQ. So working direct with the application is a weakness, use the PhotoShop plug-in and work in layers and masks to produce a blended final since one setting may be good for one area another setting another area.