How to Warm with the Dreamy Preset of Intensify CK

I have come up with an intriguing way to warm a photo. Let us start with a very slightly retouched photo of Andrelica. Note that no skin smoothing has been applied:

Andrelica with no skin smoothing applied.

Andrelica with no skin smoothing applied.

Next I take the image into the Nik Color Efex Pro 4 plugin. I always start with a Darken/Lighten Center layer, then a Brilliance/Warmth Layer. Here is how the Brilliance/Warmth layer looks when the Warmth is set to 33: 

Warmth set to 33 in Nik's Color Efex Pro 4.

Warmth set to 33 in Nik's Color Efex Pro 4.

What I do not like about the above image is everything in the image has been equally warmed. Sometimes this is nice, but in this case, I am am not fond of the effect. So, instead, I use the Brilliance/Warmth layer to actually cool the image. Next, I added a White Neutralizer layer which added a pinkish cast. I left it at the default setting of 30, but often I will take it down to 10 or not use it at all. Finally, I used a Pro Contrast layer set at 15. I exited Color Efex Pro and ended up with this:

Andrelica still looks good, and everything else has been cooled.

Andrelica still looks good, and everything else has been cooled.

Next MacPhun's Intensify CK plugin is invoked, and the Dreamy preset is selected:

The Dreamy preset reduced to 38% opacity.

The Dreamy preset reduced to 38% opacity.

The Dreamy preset always looks terrible at 100% opacity, so I reduce it in the plugin before exiting. Another problem is that it will often put blotches on the skin. So, after exiting Intensify CK, I will do the skin smoothing, followed by a little sharpening of the lips, eyes and eyebrows:

Final.

Final.

I love how this technique allows us to cool the image, yet warm the model, all without the use of layer masks.