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Smoothing skin when shooting raw

LRussoPhoto

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Im using lightroom classic cc on an iMac. I usually use noise reduction to help smooth out skin....If there is a better way please advise.
Anyway, Ive noticed that when shooting raw adding noise reduction have barely any noticeable affect even when adding 100%. But if I shoot in a jpeg format, it has a huge affect. Why is that? Is there a better way to smooth/soften skin.
Actually it seems like i have to drag the sliders much more when shooting raw as opposed to jpeg, what's the reason?
Thanks for the help.
 

Dan Marchant

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Use negative clarity or negative sharpness.
 
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Totally agree with the above, negative clarity works well, especially as a local adjustment

raw vs jpg - the jpg files are already processed in-camera so will have some adjustments already applied, hence these are exaggerated more by a slider in LR than applying to a raw file (effectively) - this is why, for example, LR automatically applies some sharpness (40) to raw and not jpg
 

Zenon

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That is good to know. You can use the brush to bring sharpening back to eyes, etc.
 
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