To the people who said its an "easy" case of blurring,airbrushing or a heavy contrast adjustment in Lab mode are way off.
Mig is the closest.
Ill use that as the example.
I didnt use lab mode, or heavy curves adjustments or blurring. Basically I used cloning, masked burning in, curves for colour tone, a slight desaturation. For the skin I used a empty curves layer set to screen and liked the effect of the blown out face details so left it, a few other bits and pieces and thats it, there were 12 layers in all.
My best advice is to learn masking, most powerful tool in my opinion.
Just a 2 minute job I did, very simple.
I had 3 copies of the original layer (although 2 would suffice), going top to bottom, the blending modes were multiply, overlay and screen.
The multiply was really only used for the lips.
The overlay was applied all over, except for the ladies left (our right) eye, where the overlay made it too dark so it was masked out.
The screen layer was applied to the background and skin.
Beyond the quick 2 minute job, Lee's version has a little more desaturation (which can be achieved a few ways - one is to soft light a desat version over the top and adjest opacity and masking to desired taste) and obviiously some hand colour work has gone into those eyes (gorgous btw Lee)
hi - i'm just learning the ropes, and thought i would attempt this technique (insofar as i could figure it out).
Last edited by makeovermagic; 02-01-2006 at 05:33 AM.
<< Now download (if you do not have it already) Xero's Porcelain filter (which is free by the way) and run it. Done>>
Always looking for the easy way out. Afraid to get your hands dirty, Mr. Ikroll? No, I'm just mess’ in with you. I know where you’re coming from. While plug-ins are great to have and they can do what one can do in P.S. One would have to see if these plug-ins are worth the price and can they be faster at a production level, even the free ones for that matter. It reminds me of a time when one had to create drop shadows, by hand (as I was told) in the early days of P.S. Now you can do that in no time with blending options(layer styles).
Not a big fan of plug-ins. But there is a program called Mystical Lighting... probably you know about it. It's a stand-alone and plug-in. Can run on Mac and/or Bill Gates equipment. It's not free though. Its has a lot of nice effects. Real and surreal look. All kinds of artistic effects. A pretty powerful program. Has a whole lot of options. You can even make your own presets. You can go beyond what their screen captures have on their site. Check it out. There is a demo available. BTW. I have no vested interest in said company and/or its products. I'm just a user.
Here is a free plug-in from said company called Dreamy Photo.
Thanks again for the great advice all, here's my attempt:
Critiques always welcome!
@makeovermagic : I think you did a very good job on the skin, which was probably your first goal (which I deduce from the thread you posted in !)
However, a lot of white/colored noise has appeared in the darkest areas, notably the hair. Maybe you didn't want this and should mask out some of the effects you applied on the hair area...
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