Skin retouching takes time, so any plugin that can help speed up the process is a bonus. Infinite Skin is a Photoshop plugin from the Infinite Tools range and is probably the quickest skin-retouching plugin I've ever used, producing great results in next to no time.
It's actually so quick and simple to use that by the time you have read through this article, I would reckon you could have edited at least five images using it. It does exactly what it says on the tin and does it well.
Infinite Skin Panel
The panel is simple and very effective in its execution providing a straightforward layout for even the first-time user. The predefined settings allow for quick results, and the Clarity and Smoothing sliders allow for fine adjustments to get the results you are after. The three icons below these have other functions:
- Blend IF: when selected, it doesn't apply skin smoothing to the brightest and darkest areas. It creates a mask that allows you to decide later if you want to apply smoothing to these areas.
- Mask: if selected (white), the smoothing isn't applied automatically and you are able to paint via a masking layer and brush. If left unchecked (gray), the skin smoothing is automatically applied.
- Eye: when selected, the mask is disabled and shows skin smoothing over the entire frame.
Click on the create button, and the panel creates the layers required to effectively smooth the skin to the desired amount you are after. Each layer is editable with masks and opacity settings, but straight out of the gate, the results are good enough to leave as they are.
As you can guess, depending on what initial setting you have selected (light, medium, or strong), the resulting layers will have different variables applied to them to achieve the result. The texture of the skin is retained as expected, and the differences between the three settings are subtle, yet clearly visible.
For this edited image, I've used three of the Infinite tools panels to get the result, starting with Infinite Guide, then Infinite Skin, and finishing with Infinite Color. Used in conjunction, these panels make quick work of your portrait images, and although some elements of them are automated, they still allow for complete manual control.
The Infinite Skin panel as I mentioned is the quickest panel I've used to get skin smoothing, and if you want to find out more about it, you can check it out here. It's one of the panels from the Infinite Tools range, and I'd recommend taking a look at the other panels available, as the scope for speeding up your workflow and producing creative professional results is quite impressive.