BRUSH SETTINGS GRAPHIC TABLET
Many people know how to use frequency decomposition, but not everyone gets a quality result. Perhaps the point here is in the settings of the brushes.
Mixer Brush is the main tool for working with frequency decomposition, which allows you to soften the lower frequency, thereby aligning color and tone. For retouching of the portrait at the lower frequencies, a Mixer Brush with soft edges is used, therefore Hardness 0%, Spacing 25%.
By the way, Spacing is the distance between the strokes, and with the change of this parameter the density of the stroke changes.
Then we set up Transfer. The only parameter that is needed there is Flow Jitter. Expose Control: Pen Pressure, now the brush will respond to the degree of depression and will allow to achieve a more natural result.
Configure the control panel. Almost all numeric settings must match the value 20.
Wet – controls the amount of paint taken by the brush from the canvas, 20%.
Load – the amount of paint on the brush. The color is taken averaged and automatically from the underlying layer (lower frequency in frequency decomposition), from the place where we started the stroke, 20%.
Mix – the degree of mixing with the underlying layer, 20%.
Flow – the degree of pressure on the brush. This parameter can be set up to 50% if you feel confident when working with the instrument: then the effect is achieved faster. However, I prefer 15% and not in a hurry.
Also configure the other parameters.
Select the option Clean brush – the absence of the originally specified color.
The checkbox of Sample All Layers depends on the settings of your frequency decomposition, so I cannot recommend anything. I work on a duplicate of the lower frequency layer, and my Sample All Layers option is disabled.
With all the versatility of Mixer Brush, he has one drawback – it is impossible to transfer a good sample of color and tone from a distant place. And the Clone Stamp can transfer anything from one part of the photo to another — the necessary color and tone, so let’s adjust this brush, especially since it has a number of features.
The first feature is to configure the parameter Transfer: you must configure the Opacity Jitter and Flow Jitter – Control: Pen Pressure.
The second feature is in the Control Panel setting: you need to set Opacity 30%, Flow 100%, check the box Aligned and Sample: Current And Below.
The rest of the settings are similar to Mixer Brush – Hardness 0%, Spacing 25%.
The combination of Mixer Brush and Clone Stamp gives good results, especially when it is necessary to transplant color and tone from different parts of the body.
Healing Brush and Spot Healing Brush
This tool has a very small setting; you only need to select the Pen Pressure parameter in the Control Panel so that the brush size can be changed by applying pressure to the pen.
I note that Hardness is 100% and Spacing is 25%.
Some professionals change the shape of the brush to oval, but I do not see any advantages in this; however, it may be useful to someone.
Dodge & burn
I think many people know about the Dodge & Burn technique, and also that it is simply impossible to perform it without a tablet, so let’s consider the settings for the pixel-by-pixel and global D & B tools.
So, the pixel-by-pixel D & B is a skin retouching with the help of darkening and lightening of the problem areas to align the light, color, volume and contrast of the skin.
Dodge & burn tool
Since the Dodge & Burn Tool does not have Flow mode, you can get the maximum clarification of any area only in a few approaches (or just unscrew the Exposure by 100%, but this is not possible), therefore, this leads to some settings.
So, Brush Option – no settings, except Hardness 100%! This is strange, but true: the lack of Flow does not allow you to adjust the brush in a different way. That is, it is useless to configure the tablet for this tool, except for setting the Touch Ring to increase and decrease the size of the brush.
In the Control Panel, you can select Range depending on the type of retouchable area, but in most cases the Midtones option is appropriate.
Exposure 3, 5, 7%, depending on the skills of the retoucher and directly the picture.
I do not put a tick in Protect Tones, as this leads to oversaturated areas; Of course, the lack of a tick leads to a loss of saturation, but in most cases it is insignificant.
Of course, you can work with pixel-by-pixel D & B using the Brush tool, but there are a few other settings, as there is a Flow mode.
Hardness 0%, Spacing 25%.
The Transfer mode is turned on, and in the Opacity Jitter and Flow Jitter Control: Pen Pressure settings, this will allow you to use the pen pressure, as well as help you more freely use the Flow mode in future work. What is convenient? In the settings of the tablet, you can set a comfortable level of pressure and thereby greatly simplify your work (this setting is exclusively for my hand, you have to choose your own setting).