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Old 02-02-2006, 05:40 PM
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Smile Can't Figure This Out!!!

I'am a Mechanical Artist at an Ad AGency in NYC, and am trying to get into retouching, so i'm trying to take images and replicate them for practice. I found this shot on this site, and thought the "beard" was done very nicely. I tried to replicate the shot on my own (using only stamp, healing, softlght layer) to maintain skin texture, but just can't figure this one out. As you can see, my shot has lost that fine detail in the beard area. Just curious on peoples comments and techniques....how you would approach this job.

Thanks so much for any feedback.
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Old 02-02-2006, 07:06 PM
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stamp, healing, softlght layer
No, maybe, yes.

Translating:
- Unless you're stamping at 100% opacity with a hard-edged brush then this will not preserve the texture. But if you do so, the stamp is going to be pretty obvious;
- The Healing tool is a great little miracle worker, used well it can solve a whole load of problems;
- The Soft-light layer is the perfectionist way to go, but it can take a long time to paint every pixel.

Here's a quick way...
- Duplicate to a new layer;
- Run High-pass filter, radius 10;
- Run Gaussian blur, radius 3.3;
- Invert
- Set blending to Linear Light, opacity to 50%;
- Add a hide-all mask and paint white where you want to "de-grunge"
(2 minutes)


(nuff said, time for bed)
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:09 PM
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Thumbs down Nice Technique!!!

Applied your technique to the original image and came up with a pretty close match. That was right on the money, i'm curious if that's a well known "industry secret" to fix damaged skin or did you come up with that just playing around. I amdefiknitely impressed!

whole thing took less than 5 min if even.
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:39 PM
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Ro, Brilliant! That's a lot faster way to a better result than I've been used to. Thanks.
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Old 02-02-2006, 08:42 PM
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I applied the same technique to other shots with poor skin texture, and it one of the best techniques i've seen in a while....i'm just curious how you would figure out what settings to use on different dpi images.

example, that workedfine on an image that was 72dpi...but I couldn't figureout how to set it for a high or med rez image like 300dpi or 150dpi etc.

Would truly appreciate it if you could help me with that.

Thank you

-Mike
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Old 02-03-2006, 02:24 AM
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Ro, where've you been hiding this little secret?! All discussions on this topic have pretty much revolved around variations on dodging and burning every flaw - this is amazing.
This took two minutes to go from the first picture to the second, its not perfect but its a huge leap in the right direction.
I hope Shelly (www.retouchme.co.uk) doesnt mind me using one of her pics, I just remembered it as one that had really bad skin.
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Old 02-03-2006, 04:56 AM
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No secret, it's just a consequence of playing with the different "frequencies" in an image (ih, sounds like Zen and the art of Retouching).

Don't know if you've had a chance to read the tutorials about the Gaussian Blur and High-Pass filter and Choosing the Radius (heavy reading, needs revision), but there you'll see that some features lie in different "bandwidths".

Applied to this image: The pores and beard are at a radius of less than 3.3 pixels, while the facial features are at a radius of over 10. The "grunge" is in between these numbers and can be eliminated using the method above.

....hey, why did everybody run away?

Thinks....this ought to be in a tutorial

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Old 02-03-2006, 05:24 AM
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Thinks....this ought to be in a tutorial

...my thoughts exactly - cos if you dont I will!
Now if I could just figure out how to do this in GIMP -> really try to convert so I can go 100% linux but its just no match for photoshop.
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Old 02-03-2006, 09:49 AM
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Thumbs down Tutorial

I am def looking forward to reading a tutorial on this technique if you guys put one out there...by far one of the best techniques i've read in a while.

Thanks Ro, Nancy.
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Old 02-03-2006, 09:59 AM
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I am def looking forward to reading a tutorial on this technique if you guys put one out there...by far one of the best techniques i've read in a while.

Thanks Ro, Nancy.
Certainly is an amazing technique - now if there was just a similar solution for hair...
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