How To Use Portraiture 2 In A Non-Texture Killing Way

I have had quite a few people ask about my skin smoothing ways. Its really, really simple. I use Imaginomics Portraiture 2 and have figured out how to get it so it smooths the tones instead of all the texture. So if you use Portraiture, follow along and stop killing your textures!

For a quick look at the settings, they go in this order:

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Also, make sure you check layer mask, and make sure it creates a new layer for each smoothing process!

Thanks and feel free to check out more on my facebook page or website!

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Tam Nguyen's picture

Your phone dinged.


Stupid comments aside, this is what I come to FS to see! Tips, Tricks, and insight. keep 'em coming

Chris Lambeth's picture

Thank you Steven! 

This is Sean Armenta technique

What exactly do you do to retain texture? Your technique, so I full understand, is to make two skin softening layers via Portraiture 2. One for the highlights and one for the shadows?  You thanked Lindsay, did she show you this? I was hoping to see somthing that retains all texture like a frequency separation but with portraiture. 

Chris Lambeth's picture

Thomas, this does the same thing as frequency separation. Not quite as well though as its obviously not FS, but it does a pretty close job. No, Lindsay is the girl I shot in the image as I stated in the video. 

Jakub Skorupa's picture

Please rename to '' Sean Armenta technique'' ;-)

Chris Lambeth's picture

Had not heard of him till you mentioned this. Seems as though they are quite the same. Great minds think alike. 

 modest, much?


 Jakub,did this sean dude create the software ? if not its not his technique either.this was simply a tutorial on how one could use it..

Beauty Retouch Part 3 - Detail Enhancement: An FS PPT by Sean Armenta

I love Sean's works. He is by far my favorite photographer (Karl Taylor is amazing too) His photos are super clean.

I completely agree with you!
I am a hobby photographer (amateur) but thanks to these two photographers I've managed to learn a lot of good things about photography and processing

Quick Suggestion.  When you reference a product, get the name right Imagenomic

Don't worry about it.

Google will still find it for anyone looking for it. And if someone can't find it that way, they probably aren't smart enough to work Photoshop either.

Stuart Holden's picture

Seriously you guys, grow up - he posted a great retouching video for everyone to enjoy and you rip him off about it ? Go troll elsewhere if youre going to be negative - I dont see any of you providing videos and features like he did. FFS this is where people need to grow up on the internet - this is a creative community yet you bag him out on the sound of his voice? Seriously what are we grade 4's ? Great video dude keep them coming I sure learned something from it! 

Firstly, I did not wrote anything negative. I was expecting to learn
something new. Instead I saw a tutorial that already exists by Sean Armenta on FstoppersPPT's channel

"I dont see any of you providing videos and features like he did"

link for you If you like illustrator (My humble tutorial)

Rebecca Britt's picture

Don't get me wrong. I love Sean and everything that he did for FS... but that was awhile ago. I think Chris is in his right to post his own version here. 

And btw... you're still a troll. 

Whatever Rebbeca...

Excellent tip.  Thank you for that!

Thanks, but why post this on Vimeo and have us pay for the pro account to access HD ? :(

Nicholas's picture

Thanks for the tip. This is actually a real time saver for me. My last portrait shoot had images I retouched using this technique for proofs, and then the images that were purchased got the polished Photoshop treatment. Wonderful tip Chris!

Chris Lambeth's picture

Glad I could help Nicholas! 

Good tip, that product is pretty damn cool.  I actually use Portraiture for my 'Blur' layer combined with the frequency separation technique, it works pretty well.

"Had not heard of him till you mentioned this. Seems as though they are quite the same. Great minds think alike."What? Not heard of him? He has collaborated with this website. Come on!

Well done FS. Wish I'd known about those Imagineomics tutorials a while ago- would have saved a bit of software money there- been using a combo of various softwares to get what I want. Cheers. Mark  

Tobias Roybal's picture

I am guessing you really can't do this layering if you have the Lightroom version of Portraiture 2. 

Awesome tutorial Chris!

Phillip's picture

This sucked. The guy not only ripped off Armenta's tut, but he stumbled all over it. Either be an informative site for serious photographers, or cram in all the junk that you can for hacks. This is probably the worst vid that I've ever seen on your site.