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Old 11-29-2009, 11:41 AM
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Assistance Requested with Skin Processing

Just re painted it were it is needed,
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Old 11-29-2009, 02:22 PM
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Re: Assistance Requested with Skin Processing

Hi Visible,

This happens all the time!

Best way is to notice it right away in your camera and using your histogram...making sure that the pixels on the right side of the histogram do not begin riding up on the right edge... and then start climbing up the edge...indicating blown out whites in the image. In that case, just close down your iris on the lens to back those pixels off the right wall. This is the best way to fix it...on location at the shooting.. with lighting power adjustments, ratios, scrims or reflectors.

There are ways in Camera Raw and Lightroom to use the "Restore" slider under the exposure slider. It is designed to darken down blown out areas and to try to regain any usable detail in blown out highlight areas for you at the pre-processing stage...this often helps some. This way sometimes helps out some...but its no cure for doing it well on location as in above.

Here is a short video clip on how I might try to darken this area down in Photoshop...the reason I put it on video... is its easier to see what im doing than trying to describe it. It uses Multiply and curves layers to selectively darken those areas down some. If you have not produced the image well, or restored any highlight detail in lightroom or camera raw...then its onto Photoshop. Photoshop can further fix it some of the time...but sometimes not totally.



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Old 12-10-2009, 04:58 AM
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Re: Assistance Requested with Skin Processing

Did you try the recovery slider in Camera Raw? There could be more tonal data you could pull into the image, unless it's truly blown out.
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Old 12-11-2013, 10:07 PM
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Re: Assistance Requested with Skin Processing

Originally Posted by mistermonday View Post
Michael, welcome to Retouch Pro. There are many ways to tone down the highlights. One quick and simple one is to take the image into LAB color mode, apply a lockdown curve to the L channel and just lower the top two points. This brings the highlights down from 251 to approx 235. Because you are adjusting the L channel the colors are not affected. There are however many other methods with include Shadow/Highlight adj layer, burning, etc.
Regards, Murray
Great post :-) (Well, it was back then)
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Old 10-14-2014, 06:27 AM
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Re: Assistance Requested with Skin Processing

I would agree with Cupcake.
If your RAW file can't bring it back with the recovery, I'd just airbrush back the skin color.

Try using Freqency Seperation, I find it best for airbrushing without messing up the details.
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