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Old 04-13-2006, 08:07 AM
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How to get this look

I've been reading this forum for months now and I just love the expert retouching tips you are able to find here. Unfortunately I haven't found a post or article describing and explaining the following effect :

Photo - Example #1
Photo - Example #2

I have seen some posters in here achieve the effect but I haven't found a way to recreate this effect myself. I am talking about the skin-tone, the desaturated colors, the painterly effect.

I am trying to get this look with the following photo I shot (400kb):

Photo - Lisette
Anyone here who can tell me how to do this in Photoshop?

Thanks in advance.

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Old 04-13-2006, 09:00 AM
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your sample link don't work
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:06 AM
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Is this sort of the look you're looking for???
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Old 04-13-2006, 09:35 AM
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Or this? Happy picture guessing?
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Old 04-13-2006, 10:29 AM
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Or perhaps a light retouch! She has such wonderful skin.
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Old 04-13-2006, 10:34 AM
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I have uploaded to imageshack as it quite a large file. I hope this is what you are looking for...

http://img364.imageshack.us/my.php?image=rtp89dn.jpg

I did this with the following steps...

1. Cropped to get rid of the blur at the bottom of the pic.
2. Desaturated by -39.
3. Gamma corrected to enahnced skin colour and get rid of most of the red.
4. Shadow/Midtone/Highlight changed to -30/0/50.
5. Clarify at strength 5.
6. Shadow/Midtone/Highlight changed to -30/-40/0.
7. Shadow/Midtone/Highlight changed to -30/0/0.
8. Desaturated by -20.
9 Dodged and burned following all original shadows and highlights. (I may have overdone the burning to match the example you posted...I did it to match my own taste...)
10. Sharpened more.

Smaller version below...(unfortunately more pixelated)...see larger link above...
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:26 AM
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Nice one Ziaphra!!!
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Old 04-13-2006, 11:31 AM
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Based on your sample of the desired result:

- applied blue and green channels using soft light and hue blending modes
- high pass sharpening
- gaussian blurred layer selectively applied using a black mask and soft white brush
- right side of the image lightened using an adjusted duplicated layer masked and applied with graduated white from right to left.
- soft shadows created using a desaturated layer darkened and blurred, masked and selectively applied using black mask and white brush.
- reds brought back slightly with a selective colour layer.
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Old 04-13-2006, 02:33 PM
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Shadow & Highlight to balance the image
blue channel set to luminosity
green channel set to multiply
tweak curves/ selective colour on original to get desired tone
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Old 04-13-2006, 02:59 PM
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Love you people!

Wow, after trying to get the look myself (and failing a couple of times) I went to bed to get a nap. Just woke up and I see that you guys/gals already edited it a couple of times. Love you!

I updated the start post with two examples. I don't know why the original link died.

I found a couple of links on DPReview and the effect seems to be called silver lighting. I think Verywierd's edit comes very close. Still want it to be more painted/drawn, if you know what I mean. It's still a bit too realistic.

Has anyone ever used this effect for a photo they shot themself? Just curious if I am the onlyone trying to master this effect
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