Portraiture from Imagenomic. One of the best plugins for skin retouch

Portraiture is an automatic skin smoothing, healing and enhancing effect plugin for Photoshop. The price is 199 $.

There are many books, articles and web based tutorials on the art of retouching the human skin. In general, most of these deal with the concept that skin colors all fall within a given range based on the race of the subject. While this is a generalized concept, it is difficult to apply this idea to skin retouching in a realistic manner. Using such concepts and applying the normal tools available to us in our digital editing programs, we tend to get widely varying results even among supposedly similar images.

In our development of the Portraiture plug-in, we’ve discovered quite a few unique things about the composition and digital portrayal of human skin. We have done this through careful, detailed analysis of thousands of images shot in various lighting scenarios, as well as by actually taking skin color samples with specific hardware. We have found that there is a vastly varying tonality to the human skin, even within the range of one person’s body. Figure 1 and the resulting RGB chart in Figure 2 (below) show such a sampled variation, which further proves that even though there are no significant differences in the RGB values of each skin color patch, our eyes can perceive a lot of variation due to the lightness and darkness of each patch, and not just the actual color.