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Old 12-25-2006, 04:19 PM
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Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

This lovely young lady has a small bump about where every skin pore should be. On top of that she's broken out somewhat. I've attached an image of the photo before I began retouching and one after I worked on it with the Healing Tool. (PS-CS)

I'd appreciate suggestions on how to smooth out this girl's skin without making it look soft focused or otherwise blurred. I'm sure the answer is on the board somewhere, but I haven't been able to put my finger on it.

Thanks, - Dave
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Old 12-25-2006, 04:28 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

this is mine
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Old 12-25-2006, 04:33 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

That was fast! What did you do? I would like to apply that to my "after" image. - Dave
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:12 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

This technique may help you
http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=213
Regards, Murray
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Old 12-25-2006, 06:45 PM
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Really need to add noise.

My favorite noise filter for skin is Xero's Fuzzifier filter. Applied selectively, can be quite effective. I also did a bumpmap step (only ever so slightly) to add a somewhat skin texture. Byro also has a technique (degrunge) that is very effective. This one's my favorite though.
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Old 12-25-2006, 09:25 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

This technique is good for images that have small bright and dark areas adjacent to each other such as the 'bumps' on the persons forehead. It does not work well for large blemishes. For the technique to be useful, you must be reasonably adept with using a dodge/burn 50% gray overlay layer. The D/B layer is used for cleanup and final refinement. The High pass layer does the heavy lifting for the small blemishes so that there is not that much to do with the D/B. Of course a D/B layer could be used for the whole image, but I find that the D/B is tedius if very dark and very light areas have to be treated. Especially if they are small and adjacent.

1.Clone/stamp any large blemishes away on a duplicate layer. In this image there were none large enough to worry about.

2.Make a duplicate of the clone/stamp layer and run the High pass filter on it. Run the radius up enough so that the dark and light blemishes stand out. For this image a radius of 8.0 was used. See attachment 1.

3.Set the HP layer to linear light and invert. Attachment 2. Note the very dark spots have become very light and the very light very dark.

4.Add a hide all mask to the HP layer. With a small, about the size of the small blemishes, white brush, opacity about 20%, dab over the blemishes until they blend in. Attachment 3. Note that there may be small light gray areas and the image will look slightly splotchy.

5.Clean up on the D/B layer. For the gray areas, use a very small white brush, and dab the area. The idea is to stipple the area so that it introduces a little texture. Attachment 4.

Larry
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Old 12-25-2006, 09:37 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

Hi there

I assumed you wanted to keep texture and pores.

I first used the healing brush to remove some of the worst bumps.

I duplicated a layer and produced a pore mask with a highpass filter and turned the visibility off.

Then degrundge with a 15 highpass and 5 blur... masked as needed.

Stamped a layer set the blend mode to screen and applied gaussian blur at 10 pixels. Reduced opacity to around 70 I believe then duplicated and changed the dups mode to multiply. I grouped the screen and multiply layers and applied a mask to remove from eyes.

Turned on the pore mask and adjusted opacity as needed. Then sharpened.

Butch
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Old 12-25-2006, 09:41 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

Hey Larry...we must have been typing at the same time

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Old 12-25-2006, 09:54 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

Try duplicating your bkg layer 2 times. On the top layer run a highpass at 1.5 and set to overlay. Middle layer gausian blur by 20. Make a layer mask on the blur layer and paint black on the layer mask in the areas of the eye, eyebrow and hair in the upper left. Use different opacities when painting to reveal original detail to your likeing. It is a quick fix anyway. Hope it helps.
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Old 12-25-2006, 11:04 PM
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Re: Bumpy Skin Retouch Help!

Here is a degrunge version for comparison with my previous post. I would use this version if I were looking for 'effect' and the previous version for a more normal retouch.

Degrunge:

1.Duplicate background.

2.High pass, radius 8.0. Opacity 50%, linear light, invert. Gaussian blur about 2.7. On duplicate.

3.Hide all mask on dup. Paint skin back with white brush, full opacity. Do not paint eyes or eyebrows. Attachment 1. Does not look good to me. Needs work.

4.D/B layer. At high mag, clean up small poors. The ones that look like white circle surrounded by a black ring. Lower mag, even out splotchy skin tones. There is quite a bit of work here, nothing was gained time wise by the degrunge over the other method. Attachment 2.

5.Stamp layers, Ctl-Alt-Shift-N-E (ver 7, different in latter versions), from top of layer stack. This creates a new layer which is contains all the work of the layers beneath it.

6.Run High pass on stamp layer, radius 8.0, same as original High pass. Note that you cannot use the original High pass layer, it contains the imperfections that you removed with the D/B layer. The imperfections would be emphasized. Change mode to soft light. This is a sharpening step, adds snap to the skin. Attachment 3, final version.

Larry

Hey Butch! Are you still typing? I am still at it.
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