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Old 12-13-2006, 10:10 PM
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Question Acne Scarring

My first posting. I recently had an engagement session with a lovely couple and am now doing the retouching. The attached is a cropped in view of their faces. As you can see, I've got a significant challenge in that both have problematic skin. What's the best procedure to fix this?
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Old 12-14-2006, 03:39 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

a very kick way
select the green channel
edit > use as motif (i'm not sure of translation)
and use the patch tool with the motif.
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it's "define pattern", not "motif" , motif is the french' pattern
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Old 12-14-2006, 03:50 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Here's my first attempt at retouching for this site, so I hope that with it is ok!!
Basically, I didn't want to glamorize the couple too much. The photo is wonderful and I wanted to retain as much of the couples natural characteristics as possible, including moles etc and basically just give them a clean up.
I used a little noise reduction, played with their skin tones to remove excess redness and then continued on with the clone and healing tools.
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:02 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring a way to start

Well looking at the photo channel by channel the red channel obscures the acne which isn't too surprising. So to start select a channel Mixer adjustment layer. Select 100% red with monochrome which will place this layer on top of the original layer. Then select blending mode of luminosity which will remove many of the red spots
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:06 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Great method there Phil
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Old 12-14-2006, 05:28 AM
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Thanks, Cass.
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:43 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Hi and Welcome, Atom Kat....

Just another version to add to the mix..... I did a very quick method from Katrin Eismann's book using a Curves Adj. layer:

Press 'Q'
Used round 70% hardness black brush to dab on several dark spots
Press 'Q' again
Select > Inverse
Add Curves Adj. layer (bottom of Layers palette)
Raise the midpoint until the selected dark points blend with surrounding skin
Used a white 100% brush to paint over remaining dark spots
Adjusted opacity of layer
Flattened

Selected skin then:
Image > Adj. > Selective Color (Reduced Magenta from Reds)

Just for fun brightened teeth ......

Beth
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Old 12-14-2006, 07:55 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Hi there

Good work all

This is a good candidate for the degrunge routine I think.

I used a highpass of 6 and a Gaussian blur of 2.

Butch
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Old 12-14-2006, 08:09 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

Pretty much used the same method as Phil, (needed to mask man's shirt s this had a lot of noise from the adj layer).

Added a levels adjustment layer to tweak the lighting which was altered by the channel mixer adj layer.

Cloned out a few other blemishes (I removed the man's mole, but probably wouldn't if doing it again as this is characteristic of him).
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Old 12-14-2006, 09:40 AM
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Re: Acne Scarring

I've been able to duplicate all styles used except..Solitear's..
Can't seem to make it work..I seem to be buzzing along until the Curve Adj.. it doesn't seem to blend for me at all, then when I when I paint over the remaining spots it just lightens everything but the blemishes are totally there.
I'm doing something wrong.
Solitearsm Which Katrin Eismann's book are you referencing?
I've got some of hers..love them.

Lasa
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