RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Image Help Got a problem image? Don't know where to begin? Upload images and ask our users what they think or if they can help

Why doesn't this skin look right?

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-07-2005, 04:03 PM
keepemcomin's Avatar
keepemcomin keepemcomin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 56
Why doesn't this skin look right?

I am trying to colorize a B&W photo of my grandparents. I'm still not a pro at this, but it is looking pretty good except for the skin tones. I can't tell exactly what it is I don't like about them, so I don't know how to fix it. Maybe it's too flat? I don't know...??

Attached are two cropped pictures, one original and one colorized. Do you have any suggestions for me?
Attached Images
File Type: jpg gpabwface.jpg (21.1 KB, 40 views)
File Type: jpg gpacolorface.jpg (21.9 KB, 68 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 03-07-2005, 05:18 PM
Gary Richardson's Avatar
Gary Richardson Gary Richardson is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2004
Location: Yorkshire, England
Posts: 2,717
I'm no expert on this, and there will certainly be advice from others more qualified, but the tone is a bit flat.

What I do is sample the skin colour, then pick a colour close to it, but a little lighter/darker than it on the colour picker, and using a soft brush apply colour to highlight/shadow areas.

I usually do this on seperate layers set to colour blend. This enables me to blur to hide the brush strokes, and to adjust layer opacity for fine control.

Hope this helps a little.
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 03-07-2005, 05:31 PM
keepemcomin's Avatar
keepemcomin keepemcomin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 56
I don't know if I've made this better or worse...

I'm still working at it though. Thanks for your suggestion Gary.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg skin.jpg (23.8 KB, 19 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 03-07-2005, 06:16 PM
MBChamberlain's Avatar
MBChamberlain MBChamberlain is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Knoxville Tennessee
Posts: 281
I sometimes use a gradient map layer set to the color blend mode to mimic the variation on skin color depending on tone. Also you original image is lacking in the contrast needed to provide accurate looking skin tone. Here is what I did:

1. Curves
2. Levels
3. New gradient map
4. Selected good skin colors (one of them is a little magenta, but I was working fast.)
5. Set the blend mode to color
6. Fill the mask with black
7. Paint in the skin color with a white brush
8. Switch to sRGB (because it was going to the web)
9. Selective colors adjustment layer to tweak the color
10. Save file

Hope that helps,

Michael
Attached Images
File Type: jpg granddad.jpg (8.0 KB, 66 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 03-07-2005, 06:25 PM
Hephaestos's Avatar
Hephaestos Hephaestos is offline
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Denver, CO
Posts: 59
Discovered this by accident while working on the Marilyn thread over in Photo Art the other day. Put a duplicate layer on top, and change the blending mode to hard light.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg hardlight.jpg (7.9 KB, 31 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 03-08-2005, 01:54 AM
saby's Avatar
saby saby is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Beeston Nott'm
Posts: 449
Hi!

Skintone has a color ballance. In cmyk it's: X is the value of magenta what gives the main color of the skin C gives the shade of the skin should be X-(8 to 20)% exactly it depends on the picture, Y should be X+(17 to 35)%

C: 15% M: 38% Y: 55% for example
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 03-08-2005, 05:33 AM
Flora's Avatar
Flora Flora is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2002
Location: Milan, Italy
Posts: 2,325
Blog Entries: 3
Hi,

in my opinion, the original picture was a bit 'flat' so, before colouring it, I boosted tone and contrast a bit...
Attached Images
File Type: jpg F_gpabwface1.jpg (41.8 KB, 52 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 03-08-2005, 05:52 AM
Vikki Vikki is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: Arizona
Posts: 883
You don't have enough color. It looks desaturated.
Also, it looks as though you've only used 2 colors; 1 for the skin, and 1 for the lips. A face is a blend of colors, using only 1 color for skin will give it a flat look.
Reply With Quote top
  #9  
Old 03-08-2005, 07:14 AM
philbach's Avatar
philbach philbach is offline
Senior Member
Patron
 
Join Date: Mar 2003
Location: Belgium, Wi
Posts: 1,332
Face

I copied the layer in overlay mode and then used levels to increase contrast.
Reply With Quote top
  #10  
Old 03-08-2005, 01:20 PM
keepemcomin's Avatar
keepemcomin keepemcomin is offline
Member
 
Join Date: May 2004
Posts: 56
Is this any better? I've used all your tips, thank you so much!

Here is the original, and this is my first attempt.

Attached is my latest attempt.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg gpaface2.jpg (36.5 KB, 23 views)
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Image Help


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Glamour retouch challenge here!!!! superkoax Photo Retouching 332 02-08-2011 09:52 PM
What is the new way of retouching skin? Flint123 Photo Retouching 27 10-25-2007 09:14 PM
Colour correcting skin by volume mikoe Input/Output/Workflow 11 08-16-2007 12:04 AM
new skin texture bullys1974 Photo Retouching 2 01-28-2007 04:53 AM
Matching skin tones jeaniesa Photo Retouching 4 09-22-2004 12:25 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:28 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved