It would really be helpful to be able to edit the subject when recovering faces in the same way as can be done when sharpening. Then the edges needing to be made crisper could be sharpened, but the lines/wrinkles on the face could be subtracted from the selection and need not be accentuated. At present the tool works brilliantly for young faces, but is of dubious value for middle aged or elderly faces as it exagerates lines/wrinkles in the skin.
@anthony.stephens I can see how that would be helpful!
It sounds more subjective though, and we primarily focus on objective image quality edits. It’s not up to us to say whether the person looks “better” with or without wrinkles if that makes sense.
You can, however, turn down the default strength of the slider by going to Preferences > Autopilot > Face Detection > Default Face Recovery Strength.
Thank you for your very prompt reply. Yes, adjusting the face recovery strength is easy enough, but does not solve the problem. I hear what you say about Topaz focussing on objective image quality edits, but it goes without saying I think that users are very much concerned with subjective or localised edits. I also think Topaz tacitly acknowledges and agrees with the requirement, or there would not be the facility to edit the subject area when sharpening, which is meeting a similar need.
And we need a selection Brush to refine the regions where the Face/Hair get enhanced!
I often have Problem that some Areas with Hair not get enhanced and it looks like a blurry mess… So a Selection Brush would be very helpful
I am glad I am not alone.
I sometimes have a similar problem to what you describe when sharpening, when hair in particular can look a sparkly mess. Usually I get around it by going from the Standard to the Strong AI model, where the problem you describe does not occur. However, then surfaces in the picture can sometimes start to look unrealistic and flat, so it is necessary to reduce the strength suggested by the software by about a half. That generally does the trick for me. A selection brush would be nice to overcome that problem too.
Thanks for all your input! We’re releasing some improvements to the Face Recovery filter with v2.0 on September 7.
Thank you. I look forward with interest to seeing them.