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Old 08-19-2004, 09:54 AM
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Oh yes, the Eismann book is an absolute must-have for retouching work.

There is also a book called Photoshop for Photographers that is pretty good in general -- I don't know if they've brought out a CS edition yet, though.
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Old 08-27-2004, 03:48 PM
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Good Book

Hi Amy, I recently bought...

The Photoshop Book For Digital Photographers
by Scott Kelby
ISBN: 0-7357-1236-0
RSP: $39.99 USA/$62.99Can/£30.99UK

...I can highly recommend it as a very straightforward tutorial style book of all the key Photoshop needs for digital photographers. Subject matters range from the basic through to some really cool advanced tips and tricks. There is even a tutorial for removing hot spots using the clone stamp tool (blend mode: darken, opacity: 50%), which works well.
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Old 09-01-2004, 07:00 AM
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Well, the easiest way, I find, is just to use the healing brush. I appraoch it the same way I was taught to do it with dyes: start at the edge, and work your way in. For example, with the specular highlight on the nose, I drew a circle around the outside of the highlight. Then I drew another circle just inside the highlight. Finally I just tapped the last of the highlight away. This turned the specular highlight into a mere highlight. The key, to keep from turning an image flat, is to remember Jane Ziser's "Five Lights of Nature:"
  • Specular highlight
  • Highlighted side
  • Base
  • Shadowed side
  • Reflected light

You take a specular highlight down to a highlight. You don't want to take it two notches down to the base. I know those five lights by heart, because I can look at an image that looks flat, and know exactly which light is missing. Every image should have all five of these (except reflected light, sometimes). The thing is about specular highlights, a photographer's lighting will put them in places they ordinarily wouldn't be (unless the person is greasey, I guess). Anyway, just make sure any specular highlight just gets toned down to a highlighted side, rather than the base, and everything will be cool.

I think I compressed my pic too much, but you get the idea.
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Old 09-01-2004, 07:29 AM
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Well, for me, the easiest way is to take the Cloning brush, set it for a fairly large diameter (in this case, about 45) and set it for anywhere from about 40% down to 15%, sample an area that has the tonality you want and then run it over the shiny areas a few times.
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