Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo-Based Art
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Photo-Based Art Emulating natural-media painting techniques

Silly question concerning skin charts

Thread Tools
Old 01-03-2006, 11:50 AM
gregvernon's Avatar
gregvernon gregvernon is offline
Junior Member
Join Date: Feb 2005
Posts: 2
Silly question concerning skin charts

I am fairly new to photo-based art, and would like to know what or how exactly are skin and hair color charts used for? Please excuse my ignorance!!
Reply With Quote top
Old 01-03-2006, 01:52 PM
briarrose's Avatar
briarrose briarrose is offline
Join Date: Nov 2005
Posts: 69
There are no silly questions--aside from the unasked ones!

Skin and hair charts are useful when you are retouching or restoring an image for a variety of different reasons. If you are colorizing an image, they're a helpful reference, for instance...or if you're trying to adjust colors on an image--and you think your skin looks just about might want to sample it, and compare the number values against a sample in the skin chart. What looks good to your eyes (which are GREAT at compensating for color casts!) might contain a heavy blue or magenta cast...and while the numbers alone might tell you that...comparing it to a sample can help your eyes see how far off you are.

Then there's just painting--pure and simple. Sometimes you might need to paint in someone's skin or hair...and if you can sample from their existing skin or hair--great! But if you can't, for some reason, it's helpful to have a palette of skin tones, or hair tones, to select from. In this image, for example, I painted in most of the hair on the side of her face--our right. To keep the hair looking real, I sampled from her real hair...but if I didn't have ANY data, then I could either search through my archives for another image with similar skin and/or hair--or I could pull out my handy-dandy chart, and sample directly from it.

A PERFECT example of the usefulness of samples is this challenge I did recently: original: . In the end, there simply wasn't enough data to completely recreate her skin perfectly--so I had to paint it in--using a combination of her skin, and samples from my palette: Take a loook at her eyebrows. I painted them completely from scratch--without any data about their color. I relied on colors sampled from actual eyebrows--and painted. Likewise, with the bags under her eyes--I simply picked up colors from my palette that were from actual "eye bags".

I'm sure other people use them in other ways, as well--everyone has a different workflow!--but that should give you an idea of what people might be doing with 'em!
Reply With Quote top

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Photo-Based Art

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 08:52 PM
Bruce Beard's skin and color charts Gerald McClaren Photo Retouching 10 05-02-2006 02:06 AM
Bruce Beard's Hair and Skin Color Charts Gerald McClaren Software 8 09-20-2005 10:21 PM
question about gaussian blur skin smooting Jon Image Help 16 05-16-2002 03:31 AM
Hair and Skin Color charts Doug Nelson Photo Retouching 0 08-08-2001 11:05 AM

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:38 PM.

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