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Old 10-31-2006, 09:33 PM
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Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

Hi Everyone,

Your help would be very appreciated. I have been searching up and down the internet for an answer to this question, can anyone tell me specifically what to do to acheive the following effects for the attched photos:

1) Harsh Times Poster: I know its composotied, but Im not talking about that, what did they do to Christian Bales face to make it look like wax? How did they take a normal photo and do that?

2) Casino Royale Poster: Again what did they do to his face? I am not talking about shadows, just what they did to make him look like wax.

3) The Departed Poster: What did they do to Matt Damons Face to make him look like wax?/ Also to Leos Face...

4) King Arthur Poster: On this picture there is a before and after with Kiera Knightly, what did they do to her skin to give her the extra "how did they do that"??

Please help me find out whats going on here! I wish you all the best thanks for your time and help! God Bless!
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:13 PM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

Looks like a lot of dodge and burn and hue/sat adjustments to me.
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Old 10-31-2006, 10:18 PM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

I can't say how these posters were done. But here's how you can nearly duplicate the result:

-Add a levels adjust layer, use blend mode of overlay and set the sliders as shown in the first attachment. This gets you the skin shading you want.
-Add a blank layer and use the blur brush to smooth out the skin. This gets the waxy smoothness.
-Add warming photo filter (81) density about 60%.
-Duplicate merge all (ctrl-alt-shift-E). Apply shadow/highlight radius about 5-10 otherwise default. Apply a black mask. Then paint white on the mask to lighten up the shadows in parts of her face.

That's really it for the skin (I only did the face.)

For the hair, I added another levels with settings as shown in attachment 2. Color burn blend mode. Mask this layer so it only operates on the hair and the side of her face (which is darkened in the poster.)

Result is attachment 3.

Bart
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:11 PM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

Would youg guys believe me if I told you they were hand brushed, meaning they mostly used their brush too and not the dodge and burn tool
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Old 11-01-2006, 04:33 PM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

here is my quickie attempt (third picture)
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Old 11-01-2006, 05:36 PM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

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Would youg guys believe me if I told you they were hand brushed, meaning they mostly used their brush too and not the dodge and burn tool
That wouldn't surprise me--I'd expect people in that job are artists and thus use the tools they are familiar with. Although the inflation of her chest is probably not a brush. ;-)

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Old 11-02-2006, 12:00 AM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

Bart........ this is the second time tonight I've been awed by your work....... I just finished looking at your amazing de-wrinkling of a gentleman's jacket (using a bunch of scary sounding techniques involving math) and now this..... wow !!!

Beth
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:21 AM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

im just trying....
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Old 11-02-2006, 01:47 AM
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Hi Ayie666........ Yours looks better than the original poster...... how in the world did you do that???

Really beautiful work!

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Old 11-03-2006, 04:59 PM
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Re: Please, I NEED THE TRUE ANSWER TO THIS QUESTION...

I used noise reduction and sharpening...then some PWL for highights and shadows (Paint with Light Action at www.atncentral.com)
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