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How to get highly polished skin?

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Old 10-17-2005, 02:34 PM
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How to get highly polished skin?

Hello

I am trying to find out how to achieve that highly polished look in retouching skin like the Dior adverts.

Have a look at this link to a hair salon and view their portfolio section:

http://www.rush.co.uk/portfolio.htm

If you look at my portfolio you can see that I am on my way to getting smooth skin, however I am not sure how to get this exact look.

I have used the method of median blur, and then bringing back detail with noise on a softlight layer. I also spend a lot of time using the healing brush to remove blemishes beforehand.

The pro's do not use any blurring.

Another method I have been trying out is the dodge and burn technique (thanks Conrad - from a previous thread) This does a good job of getting rid of blochy skin BUT just how do they get that polished look without blurring??

You can view my website to see the kind of work I do.
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Old 10-17-2005, 04:29 PM
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Are you sure they're not blurred? I see no pore detail in those images.

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Old 10-17-2005, 04:43 PM
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The guy who did it works with me as a Production Manager...

He said that he didn't use any blur so I wanted to see if I could / or anybody here could figure this out...

He mentioned channels... Does anyone know about retouching channel per channel?
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Old 10-17-2005, 06:06 PM
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By smudging perhaps?

See this link for samples and a tutorial by Phyllis Stewart...

http://www.innographx.com/forum/view...1128e6acf40edb
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Old 10-17-2005, 07:59 PM
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mmm

thank-you I have had a look and I don't think that is the exact technique. I actually used smudging in the following image:

http://www.retouchme.co.uk/home_03.htm

But the thing is that the pro's do not use any blur or smudge... or so I hear
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Old 10-18-2005, 01:47 AM
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I have been getting a somewhat similar result lately bu using a new filter in Photoshop CS2. Its called surface blur and its the last item in the blur list.

I take the original, do levels correction and then blemish removal - then I make a new layer and do a surface blur which gives me a skin color gradient that is better than median. I then sogtly paint this soft idealized smooth skin over the original to get the right balance.

This techniue can also be used with blending modes for some further nice effects. Its somewhat close to what you showed. I always go back later and make sure that eyes, brows, lips and ears and hair near face is not covered up overly so.
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Old 10-18-2005, 02:30 AM
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Thank you for educating me - I'm intrigued!
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Old 10-18-2005, 02:43 AM
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This may not be what you are looking for but
I like to smooth out skin by using a brush set to multiply 18% opacity color is a sample from the skin. I work on a new layer then adjust that layer when I'm done to taste.
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Old 10-18-2005, 04:52 AM
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Looks like median to me. But if you work with him - why not just ask him how he did it?
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Old 10-18-2005, 08:12 AM
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I cant help but wonder if a colour fill layer has been used
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