Join Nick Harauz for an in-depth discussion in this video Make it beautiful, part of Sapphire for Video Editors.
- [Instructor] A common task for some editors is to beautify your imagery. Especially with peoples faces, where you might want to soften the way that their skin looks, so it doesn't look so harsh, as well as just to be able to give them, or their skin, a little bit of spark. That is what S_Beauty is for. S_Beauty, we're here in Chapter 4_2, this sequence, and you can find that in the Chapter 4 bin, located in the Exercise folders. Just double click it to open it. What we're going to do is head over to the Sapphire Blur and Sharpen category.
That's available in the Effects tab, which you can bring up with Shift + 7. And I am going to select the S_Beauty effect, and drop it onto the first clip in my timeline. I should note that you might not have this clip. You don't have this clip because I don't have the permission to distribute it, but I wanted to at least illustrate the point of what beauty does. And if I just select my clip, press Shift + 5 to go to the Effect tab, what beauty does is it essentially takes a skin color and, based on that skin color, it provides a beautified correction. And this is the default Skin Color it has chosen.
What we can do is use this eyedropper and choose any color that we want. So I'm just going to choose or click on this pixel right here. And what S_Beauty has done is it's created a mask based on this color. And, to see this mask, if we go under the Skin Detection section to Show. And change it to from Final to Skin Detect Matte. You can see the selection that it's made. Now we can play with the values just above this to specifically make sure that our beauty correction is only effecting the persons face. What I would recommend when you start to play with these values, we'll start with Luma and Chroma Range, the colors and intensity of the colors that are involved with this correction.
A great little handy trick is if you hold down the Control key, or the Command key on a Mac, and scrub one of these values, just notice that it moves it in smaller increments. And you can see the effect it's going to have on your image. So I'm going to do this same thing here with the Chroma Range. And you'll see that I'm able to select, in some cases, more pixels to be involved in the beauty correction. Now, on top of this, I can use other controls. Mix this with values such as Clip White, as well as Clip Black, to isolate the face.
Let me just jump over to the Final result. And you can see that this clip is nice and close, which is why I chose it. And I'll actually go even closer, to about 50% and here at the side. If I go at to the top S_Beauty effect and just turn it on and off, you'll see that it's already done an automatic correction. Tackle that on with the potential of loading a preset, you could try different looks on to see if this will enhance your footage without having to go down to the bottom of the effects and make adjustments using each of the parameters.
Let me just go back to the top Default preset to get us started, and load that. If we go here to the bottom of the effect, or closer to the bottom, here you'll start to see where Pore Size hits controls that we have for adjusting our beauty correction. We have quite an intensive blur, but I can make that even more intensive to get rid of some of the small details on her face, to smooth it out a bit more. I can play with the Pore Size, bring the amount up if I wanted to have more pores visible so it didn't look necessarily so smooth.
And then play around with other areas, like, let's just say if there is some harshness in the face, there are a lot of contrasts between the lack and white values, I could soften the shadows and also reduce any shine, or visible shine that's on the face. There we have it, just a overview of S_Beauty. With Mocha now built in, in Sapphire 11, in cases where a person's face moves around, we can track that. I'm just going to remove S_Beauty from the fist clip in the timeline. And let's apply that just to one more example here. Of course, I'm going to just make sure this is set to Fit, in the program monitor.
And here is a singer who's moving around. I'm going to apply S_Beauty. And, right away, I'm just going to go to Skin Color, click on the eyedropper, and sample something in his skin. Just to show, if I go to the Show value, and show Skin Detect Matte. I'm going to start to play with the Luma Range first of all. As well as the Chroma Range, to get his face selected. And I'm just going to scrub forward, you can see it's also going to effect his hand, but that's okay. I'm also going to now just play, ever so gently, with the Clip White value, to get some of those harsher black values, as well as I'm going to play with Clip Black.
Now I don't want these two to be too close together. But a little change in both can go a long way. I'm going to add a little bit of blur as well, just to Post Blur on this overall image or face. I can even make that more, to smooth out the matte. And, again, we can now see which parts of his face are going to be effected. So now that I have a general selection, what I'm going to do is go back to Final. And just see what the initial corrects is, by turning the effect on and off.
If I scroll down to just below Garbage Matte, to Suppress Background, if I select that Face Center parameter, I could drag this. It's going to try to isolate the effect around this Face Center and how soft you make it. Another form of isolation, besides just the color and the Luma Range that you selected earlier, on top, that's built in to this effect. Keep in mind, besides your basic beauty corrections, some of the parameters that we saw here earlier, we've got a full on Color Correction options, as well, to what you've selected.
So things such as, I can do a Hue Shift, increase the Saturation on there, play with the Brightness, and, of course, maybe a Soft Focus. And, all of a sudden, I've color corrected his skin in that particular area, based on my selection. And if I'm not happy with my matte for any reasons, or if it's, you know, too strong in some cases, especially with the amount of Saturation chosen, what I can do is always go back to the original Skin Detect Matte that I created.
And start to introduce more Luma Ranges, to make sure that those values are included, and are effecting the areas that I want to on the persons face. Now, keep in mind, this, along with Mocha, you have the ultimate control for all beauty corrections. But there you have it, S_Beauty in action.
- Getting started with Sapphire
- Essential parameters
- Working with presets
- Adding transitions
- Creating photo-realistic lens flares
- Adding backgrounds and textures
- Building custom effects
- Working with Mocha