We Review the Infinite Retouch Portrait Editing Plugin

Portrait retouching is a process that requires consistent, well-practiced technique and an efficient, well-organized workflow to produce professional results in a reasonable amount of time. In this review, we take a look at Pratik Naik’s Infinite Retouch Panel and how it can help you create better results in less time.

In You Don’t Know Pratik Naik, he’s one of the most talented retouchers and educators on the planet, and he’s also one of the friendliest people I’ve had the pleasure of knowing. Not content with retouching and education, he is also an innovator, constantly creating new tools to improve the quality and efficiency of working in Photoshop. Its latest are the Infinite Tools Photoshop plugins, which both help make editing easier and expand your creativity in ways you never imagined. In this review, we take a look at the Infinite Retouch Panel, designed for retouching portraits.

The Panel

The Infinite Retouch panel includes five tabs: Setup, Retouch, Tools, User, and Export, as well as a settings icon. Let’s take a look at each.

Install

The heart of the Infinite Retouch panel is the Create button. Tap it to automatically set up an entire workflow, creating healing layers, dodge and burn layers, color correction, and a wide variety of helper layers that make it easier to see what you need to work on. . Still, if you want more customization, you can always create your own.

Touching up

In the Retouch tab, you’ll find a variety of healing, frequency separation, dodge, and burn creation layers. You can also automatically select a layer and brush for each frequency separation step.

Tools

The Tools tab includes a variety of color correction tools, custom sharpening algorithm, and grain options. One particularly neat aspect is “Holy Grain”, which leverages a collection of grainy high-resolution film scans to deliver realistic results. You can select film type, grain size, amount, lens artifacts and flaws to enhance this realism.

User

The User tab lets you save different workflows, which can include a collection of layers and actions, making it easy to have a variety of workflows for different situations at your fingertips. create in one click.

Export tab

Here you can include all your most common output settings for fast and consistent images.

Background and customization

At the bottom, you can quickly toggle various commonly used help layers on and off, saving you the hassle of finding them in the collapsed group. Right clicking on the function buttons will take you to the options, of which there are many. For example, you can select the method used for frequency separation and the Photoshop tool will load when it’s done, or even have Photoshop perform the action you want when it’s done.

Using the Panel

Using the panel in practice is a real pleasure. It does exactly what a retouching tool should do: it gives you professional results while making you more efficient than if you had to do things manually. On top of that, its setup helps you be more consistent, which, in turn, leads to a more unified portfolio. Here is a change:

The first time I made this edit a few years ago I manually ran frequency separation, did some dodging and burning, a custom eye edit group and a range of layers of tonality, which include color balance for my personal style, an overall contrast boost, and global dodge and burn for a quick custom vignette. Altogether it took about 20 minutes total the first time I edited the photo.

I reloaded the raw file and edited it with the Infinite Retouch Editing panel, which included healing, frequency separation, dodge and burn, light color correction, and sharpening. This time it took about 7 minutes. I manually added my eye editing group and my toning group. However, the beauty of the panel is that I don’t have to do it every time. First, I saved the eyes and tones groups in the User tab, which allows me to instantly add them to any image I’m working on. However, since I use them on every portrait I edit, which I use Photoshop most of the time, I then right clicked the Create button and saved my entire layers panel, this which means that now every time I click on not only will I get Infinite Retouch’s built-in layers and groups, but I’ll also get my own, giving me an efficient and consistent total workflow in one click . Also, I switch quite often between working on a laptop and my desktop computer. So I simply used the built-in settings backup feature to export my custom settings to Dropbox and was able to instantly import them to my desktop computer.

Help layers are particularly useful and ensure you don’t miss anything in an edit while making it easier and faster to troubleshoot issues. There are 11 in total: Invert, Brightness, Multiplication Curve, Level, Contrast Curve, Sun Curve, Color, Hue, Saturation, Shadow Warning and Highlight Warning. I generally found myself using Luminosity in tandem with Multiply Curve or Contrast Curve and Solar Curve. The first combination tends to highlight any imperfections, making it easy to make sure you catch them all. The latter is ideal for catching small imperfections like dust spots.

Overall, I was able to produce the same or better quality of edits than I normally would manually using the Infinity Retouch panel. That’s perhaps unsurprising, since that’s not the panel’s motivation, although little helpers like Helper Layers help make sure you don’t miss a thing.

On the contrary, what the Infinite Retouch panel does best is make you more efficient and consistent as a retoucher. With one click, all 26 layers I use to edit a portrait are created, labeled, and grouped together each time, including my custom layers and specific settings. That alone is fantastic. However, the panel is designed to be effective down to the smallest detail, with each layer and group following the natural order of retouching. You’ll find yourself quickly developing a cohesive workflow, which brings me to my next point. One of the hallmarks of a good photographer is consistency, i.e. a unified style across their portfolio, and that starts with a logical and repeatable editing workflow, which is exactly why the Infinite panel Retouch offers.

Conclusion

There’s a lot to like about the Infinite Retouch panel. It was designed by a world-class retoucher, and it shows. Its easy-to-understand design and logical layout make it a cinch to get started and get to work. Its powerful built-in tools and customization options allow it to grow with you. And finally, thoughtful features like a variety of helper layers ensure you’re always doing your best. It’s an easy recommendation. You can pick up your copy here.

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