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Old 02-26-2007, 12:30 PM
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a photo like that

hi...i'm gerd from germany...sorry for my bad english, but i think i found my "tutorial-paradise" in here!!!!

i have one question...have anybody a tutorial for the technic like this picture!!!
i search and try to make this for months...but it sucks ever!!!

or this

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Old 02-27-2007, 03:46 AM
enigmaphotos enigmaphotos is offline
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Re: a photo like that

I've had some success on this.

I'm not at my home computer so this is all from memory.

First things first. Get the lighting correct on the shot. This is most important. However, we are in the retouching forum so I'll move on to that.

Step 1 - Increase the highlights

Go to your channels and select the blue channel. Copy this channel by dragging it to the 'New Channel' icon. You should have something called 'Blue copy'.
Do a curve adjustment so that the white highlights are more pronounced and the mid tones and shadows drop to black.
Make white your foreground colour and then click Select>Colour Range. Slide the fuzziness slider till it looks like you have picked a good range of highlights.
Go back to RGB mode by clicking RGB channels
Go back to your layers now and add a new layer over the top of your photo.
Press ALT-backspace. This should fill your selection with white.
change the layer mode to overlay, soft-light or hard-light depending on the amount of shininess.
It is sometimes a good idea to slightly blur this layer.
Add a mask and paint away the areas of highlights which look unappealing.

Increase Sharpness

I find it's best to make a copy of the original photo and do a heavy high pass filter on it. The radius should be set so that not too much colour is showing in the high pass result, but you have good definition in the skin pores and eye details, etc.
Change this to Overlay mode, and adjust the opacity so that you have a general good feel to the sharpening.
Use a mask and a soft, low flowing brush to slowly paint back any areas that are over sharpened.


I don't like the burn tool as it can cause some bad colouration to the skin. A better method is create a new layer and fill it with 50% grey (press Alt-F5 and select 50% gray). Change the mode to overlay

Use a soft black slow flowing brush to paint in some of the shadows. You can also use white to bring out some highlights but not too much on a male as it will start to look too soft.

Optional - on the flattened image

If you have the luxury of the Lucis Arts plugin, run 'whyeth' a little too. This will really add to the highlights and exaggerate the ruggedness.

If you have the luxury of Photomatix, then run a tone mapping adjustment which will also add a sort of HDR look to it (without of course being true HDR)

All that is left to do now is curve adjustments to get a good contrast and you should be pretty close.

Both of these look a lot like the stuff by Dave Hill (

Sorry if I missed some bits but as I mentioned I'm not at my computer and I might not have been spot on in some areas.


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Old 03-08-2007, 11:38 PM
lenzino lenzino is offline
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Re: a photo like that

awesome tutorials man. jz what I wanted. I lav ya.
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Old 03-14-2007, 10:08 AM
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Re: a photo like that

Hi Dean

Thanks for the tutorial I read bunch of tutorials & forums on this issue but this really works !

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