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Brushwork tips for a final touch
As a brush-addict I am, I´d like to share some small tricks about the use of the O-key tool (I guess their name in the english Photoshop version is "dodge" and "burn") for the final steps of a restoration, let´s say when everything is done and we have to add some soft texture or something like that, avoiding the "porcelain skin", which is very common when we use the brushwork.
This weekend I´ve been working in another real mess, 2 very damaged small photos which had to be completely restored and mounted together. When I reached the total restoration, I didn´t use the "noise" filter to add some texture, I prefered to use a paintwork technique and draw the texture and some "expression lines" of the face. If you have a little bit of patience is so easy to do it:
1. First, we must set the brushes shapes, both of them, dodge and burn. For a 400dpi resolution portrait and 6"x8" size, we´ll set a diameter of 6-7 pixels, 4-5% hardness, 10% spacing and 4-6% exposure.
2.We begin making the traces so close to the eyes zone, go a little below to the cheeks and so on. For the shadowy, darksome zone we´ll use the bright one (dodge?), fot the light zone we´ll paint with the dark one (burn?).
It´s not so complicated and we should have a nice finished art.
Here there are some close ups:
Lips texture was made the same way:
This is a close up of the restoration I´ve uploaded last weeK:
I hope you´ll like this.
My best regards to all of you
Re: Brushwork tips for a final touch
Florin, very nice brush work! Your artistic talents are definitely enviable.
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