Darktable only so far: Mairi_Troisieme.ORF.xmp (57.6 KB)
I tried to go for a natural look colour-wise, though I do really like the more muted colours of your result, @patdavid. I used Darktable's masks for skin softening and slight emphasis of the eyes and lips, and also for the equalizer to try to bring out the detail in that cardigan. (I have a thing for nice cardigans.)
I'd be really interested to learn how you achieved that painterly-yet-defined look in the face, @patdavid. Do you know of any videos or afticles on the techniques involved you could point me to by any chance?
Edit: sorry - I've just seen the link you put to the portrait tutorial in your original post, so I'll read that first.
Edit 2: wow, that wavelet decompose! I'll have to give that a go. I wonder how far I could get with this kind of thing using Darktable's equalizer. Thanks for the articles!
Maybe that's part of it, as your image seems to have a similar quality to the face?
Good to know!