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Old 10-09-2005, 12:44 AM
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hi pj,

i dont know how it is on pshop these days. i use psp. but it's most likely somewhat similar. every paint type brush has certain qualities. you've got size, opacity and so on. density would be similar in the real world to how many bristles on the brush. if you were using the airbrush tool, for example, full density would give you a solid 'spray' of paint as you moved along. on 50% density you'd get a more speckled effect. pshop may call it something else, but i'm sure they have it.

so, if you were using the airbrush on a 5% density and a light opacity, you wouldnt be getting a lot of 'paint' coming out at one time. it would be very light and pretty speckled. so, in order to get a tone or texture you want, it's a good idea to start light and simply add more passes with your brush, or, build it up. i find this especially true when colorizing skin. the biggest tendency is to try and put it all there at once, and this rarely works very well.

as for what colors to use, there is a skin color chart floating around here on teh forums somewhere. i dont use it currently. i tend to go more by the picture and what's already there, but others swear by it. sorry, dont know the exact location of where this chart is currently.

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Old 10-09-2005, 05:23 AM
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Old 10-09-2005, 07:21 AM
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Originally Posted by pjstaley
How did you remove the green cast and increase the reds? Was it with a levels adjustment layer?
There are many ways to remove a color cast in PS. I started by tweaking the hue with image>adjustments>hue/saturation, then I used image>adjustments>color balance on loosely selected areas.
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Also, on the blue sweater brother... what nose deformation?
Sometimes we get so used to seeing a picture that we don't see the problems anymore. To "renew" my eyes, I often flip portraits horizontally or look at them in different sizes.
In the attachment, your "after" picture is in the middle. On the right, I used the original for luminosity and your color information on a color blend layer. Maybe you should make that area closer to the original.

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