The Glamour Blur .8bf Plugin
Version 1.201, updated 6/5/2018
Glamour blur is a technique for softening skin and creating a dream-like look. It consists of overlaying the original image with a blurred copy of partial opacity. The filter is based on the Very High Radius Unsharp Mask filter, and uses the same Gaussian blur technique which is suitable for very large images.
• The Radius setting is a percent of the image diagonal, so it is independent of the actual image size. The apparent and scaled radii in pixels are also displayed.
• The Amount setting is actually the negative of the amount used for sharpening.
• In Normal mode, the plugin processes each RGB channel separately. In Grayscale Only mode, the plugin processes a grayscale copy of the image, then combines it with the color components of the original image. The appearance of the former may be superior; but the latter runs faster.
• Dark/Light Mixer works as follows: the central position (zero) displays the processed image; the far left is like Darken blend mode, and the far right is like Lighten. The latter promotes gauzy highlights; the former, receding shadows.
• The edge mask may be used to undo the blur effect over details such as the eyes and jewelry. It also suppresses artifacts at high blur amounts. But it may also reveal skin blemishes or other unwanted details; manual masking after applying the filter is another option. Blur the mask with Radius, and adjust it with the Intensity and Level sliders. Its appearance is dependent on the size and content of the preview, and is scaled from the size of the preview; it is best to view it, as well as the blurred image, as the entire image (Fit).
• Raise the lower black slider in Blend Ranges to gradually fade the filter’s effect in the shadows; lower the upper white slider to similarly fade the highlights.
The plugin works with 8- or 16-bit RGB and grayscale images.
Improvements to version 1.201:
• reduced memory requirements; should run better on larger images, 10,000 pixels or more.
Download the zipped file, then copy the plugin, the help file, and the demo registration key into your plugins folder. The filter will appear under “RC Filters.”
GlamourBlur_x64.zip version 1.201, 449 KB, 64-bit applications.
GlamourBlur.zip version 1.201, 443 KB, 32-bit applications, Windows 32 or 64 bit.
Windows XP versions
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