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how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

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Old 10-27-2006, 03:49 AM
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how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

Hi all
I am trying to copy the effect in this attachment (final321.jpg), which is from the same batch as the other attachment (pic322.jpg). what do you think is the best route to achieve this?

I have tried a combination of painting with light on a color burn layer to enhance highlights, and a duotoned layer with a soft light blending mode at a low opacity.

thanks for all advice.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:06 AM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

why not make a copy of the background and paste it over the white background, stretch to fill, and a soft eraser to ease the rough edges?

just an idea.
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Old 10-27-2006, 07:11 AM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

I don't understand
it is the image with the blueish background that I am attempting to copy.
to extract the image and make the halo light effect is easy enough, but the lighting effects on the skin and clothes elude me

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Old 10-27-2006, 09:09 AM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

my bad....thought you were strictly talking about the background lighting effect...

you can try a match color in photoshop...

differences between the two images: lower contrast on the orginal, magenta color cast, and generally a flat light. try color correcting, bumping the contrast, and manually add some highlights with the dodge tool.
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Old 10-27-2006, 10:49 AM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

Karin
I used the dodge and burn tool and to get the look of the shirt, and to get the overall color I used a Photo Filter adjustment layer and picking the default blue color.

I hope this helps.
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Old 10-27-2006, 04:06 PM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

I made a new layer, added High Pass filter to it (6px or so), then set the blending mode to Soft Light. This is just to add some detail and contrast, since the photo is very small.

Next, I used the PWL technique. The best tutorial I ever found on this matter is posted here:
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/sho...5&postcount=58

NansyJ, God bless you for posting this tutorial! It was a lifesaver for me

Another good one is this:
http://www.bechbox.dk/pwl/
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Old 10-29-2006, 11:47 PM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

wow, ying, that looks fantastic!
have just read nancy's tutorial and looked at her sample file - really amazing.
looks time-consuming and exacting...

I am interseted in what you said about the high pass filter - have recently started using that and am delighted with the results. I would have thought it better to do the pwl first, though, rather than after the high pass, so as not to minimise effects of the high pass...

these samples are very low res, still waiting for the high res ones from photographer. 2 shoot with 2 different photographers - my job to combine images and give same lighting treatment...

will give the pwl techniques a shot
which one is your own favourite?
I have no idea what the "other dynamics" option is that she refers to - is that a CS2 speciality?

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Old 10-30-2006, 07:38 AM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

o yes, and also,
did you use a desaturation of any kind (including the technique described in your second link) to match the colour?

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Old 10-31-2006, 03:15 AM
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Re: how to achieve this retouching lighr effect?

The other dynamics work with a tablet only

If you turn on opacity jitter, setting the control to "pen pressure", then the more you press with you tablet pen, the more opaque color you'll get. Flow is somewhat the same, you have to try them out to see the difference.

As for the desaturating: I'm not sure, I think I desaturated the reds just a bit. But for the lighting of the shirt, I used Amy Dressers' trick!
This is - when your retouching is complete, you set white as a foreground color. Then you go to select -> color range. This creates a selection. Then on a new layer, you fill that selection with white.

The High Pass filter - I apply it before the retouching starts. Just to make sure that after I think all retouching is complete the High Pass will not reveal some new blemish, as an example
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