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Old 05-18-2008, 05:54 AM
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Re: Ask A Pro

Thank you Conrad for your kindness! I am really honored that I can get tips from a professional retoucher.

1. I would like to know how you keep your layers organized.

2. Skin tones. Skin color. I read somewhere that one can desaturate image with one layer, than bring the colors back with curves layer blending mode color and than control contrast with curves layer set on luminosity blending mode. Do you use this?

3. The lips...how can we make them more "shiny".

4. How do you add the glow to the portraits?
I know of the technique "adding white to whites". I select the brightest parts of the photograph, copy them to a new layer and paint white on that layer with low opacity brush.
How do you do it?


Well, thats all for now...thanks again!
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Old 05-18-2008, 07:54 AM
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Re: Ask A Pro

Hello Conrad
I can be a bit more specific than everyone else so far

EVERYTHING PLEASE

Even down to the thought process would be interesting (well to me anyway )

I know it sounds a bit greedy but i think you would get different answers from everyone

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Old 05-18-2008, 01:55 PM
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Wow.... you guys ARE hungry, aren't you...

Well, the desaturate/resaturate technique can be anything you like... it's personal preference. The theory is to not try to fix all the color inbalances, but to essentially start over and create a good skin tone and then add to the original. Hopefully not making the image look colorized.

As for adding shine... Kids... don't reinvent the wheel... Use your curves to brighten and darken areas. Just make sure that nothing goes to complete white.. that's bad. There must always be skin tone in the highlights, even if it's only 1 or 2%.

As for organizing layers... I do all of my color work on TOP of everything else, so that if any retouching needs to be "fixed", I don't have to reperform any color moves. I start with the base image, body and basic retouching above that(all in groups) and color and finishing above that. It keeps things organized. If I'm doing multiple rounds with a client. I copy the entire layer set into a comped layer and make a new group with the round number... start building up from there.

Hope this helped!

I'm thinking about releasing a tutorial set on DVD if anyone's interested. This method is too archaic and I need to add some screen caps and dialogue to get the point across. I'll keep you all posted

c
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:04 PM
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Re: Ask A Pro

I'm interested in DVD, what aspects it's going to cover?
Best regards,
Edgar
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Old 05-18-2008, 02:24 PM
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I am really interested into buying your DVD if you make it...

Thanks for the answers!!
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Old 05-19-2008, 10:08 AM
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Re: Ask A Pro

Hi Conrad,

While a soup to nuts explanation of your work might be neat, I think that what might best serve the community is your work-flow. I think most of us who are not pros get the general idea of high-end retouching, but only to a point. It gets confusing as you hear the tidbits of information and misinformation out there - that perhaps showing a little of how you take an image through your work-flow might be helpful. I think just enough to give people the idea of your general start-to-finish work-flow.

Thanks!
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Old 05-19-2008, 12:46 PM
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Re: Ask A Pro

i wanna see you brush a good skin mask, haha.
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Old 05-19-2008, 01:02 PM
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If you need a photo to use for the purpose of showing workflow, I could provide one.... since I understand the people you do this type of work for wont allow a before to be shown.
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Old 05-19-2008, 02:50 PM
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brush a good skin mask? That doesn't make any sense to me. is that you Michael?

Workflow will be a good start... I'll keep you posted. I start production in the next week... stay tuned

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Old 05-19-2008, 02:58 PM
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don't mind me c........i'm just delirious these days!

good luck with the dvd. i know it will help a lot of ppl.
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