Retouching In Fusion Is Simplified With The Resolve 18.1 Update

November 16, 2022

The Resolve 18.1 update added the Resolve FX 'Surface Tracker' plugin to the Fusion page. Learn how this vastly simplifies beauty retouching.


The Surface Tracker Resolve FX is now available on the Fusion Page!

With the Resolve 18.1 update, the Resolve FX Surface Tracker plugin is available on the Fusion page. This vastly speeds up the beauty retouching workflow I covered in my first two Insights for Mixing Light.

In the original Insight, I showed a (necessarily) convoluted method of using the Surface Tracker on the Color page to feed into the Fusion page. At that time, in Resolve 18 Public Beta, it was the only way to make this happen.

The Resolve 18.1 update makes this Fusion workflow much simpler to execute

You’ll learn how this new setup works in Fusion using the same example from my original Insights – but this time with the Surface Tracker node directly in the Fusion comp. This Insight is an extension of the two original insights – but it doesn’t replace those Insights. They show very important steps and techniques for beauty retouching. But you can adapt that workflow with this plugin for a new, streamlined process.

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– Igor

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  • Jim Robinson

    Hi Igor,
    I follow this insight and can understand  how to do it in Fusion as opposed to how you set it up previously before BMD add Surface Tracker to Fusion.
    But not sure where to drop that into your previous insight doing the Frequency Separation.
    It seems that doing that, the Frequency Separation nodes were placed directly after the  Mediain1 node and then outputted as usual at the MediaOut node.
    So updating using the Fusion Surface Tracker, do we add the first Surface Tracker node right after the Mediain node and then pull across to the second Surface Tracker just before the MediaOut node?

    This is where I lose the workflow. Do you then do add the whole Frequency Separation including the second blur or does the second blur ( on the bottom by itself ) just get added to the connection between the two Surface Trackers, first being the tracking and stabilizing and the second re-warping the results ?
    Sorry if I am not totally clear on the question – I am really experienced in most of Resolve, but up until just lately, I am diving head first into learning Fusion.
    So I am trying to put it all together in my head how everything works, rather than just doing a “do this, then do that” approach to learning it.
    Thanks in advance.

  • Hi Jim,

    Whether it’s frequency separation, plain paint, or anything else that you may want to do you would use the output of the first Surface Tracker as a source for any of that. The output of that first surface tracker is like the MediaIn node in that original Insight.

    Than you’d pipe the output of your beauty work on the stable face to the input of the second Surface Tracker you have copied and pasted.

  • Jim Robinson

    Thanks Igor – I am diving in head first into fusion, which I had up til now almost just ignored. When I tried to do the frequency separation, the image i was using, I can grade it in the color page but it looks awful in Fusion, I thought maybe to follwo along I would find the clip you used but the link is a dead link.
    It would be great if you could post a screenshot of the nodes with the surface track on the fusion page. I could then compare the two. Thanks again.


  • Here Jim, I hope this node screen grab clarifies what goes where.

  • Jim Robinson

    Wow – that’s perfect.
    Thanks Igor- really helps – my attempt had a few things that were different. I was trying it on a different clip and nothing looked right to start out. So will go back and use this as a map – thanks for posting this.

  • John Carl

    This is so useful. Beautifully explained. Thank you, Igor!

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