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Old 09-29-2007, 07:15 PM
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Newbie About Skin Tone - Beauty retouching

Hi all,

been trying to concentrate on a particular problem today: Even skin tone !
Thanks to my poor technique in photography, i got a nice blotchy skin to practice on !

After many hours reading all possible posts about it, i tried different techniques (without success):

-selective color
-color balance
-hue/sat
-Select>Color Range
-Calculations
-Apply Image
-Curves on specific channel
-channel mixer
-Painting on neutral layer (katrin Eismann's book)
-Painting on color moded layer (vikky hansen's tuto)

SOoo.... what am i missing here..? i got the feeling the tools r right but i can't seem to figure out when and how to apply them...

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Old 09-29-2007, 07:35 PM
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Re: About Skin Tone

Hi there

My example is a little over done... but check out the tutorials for the degrunge routine.
It does a good job of evening tone while leaving most of the detail.

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Old 09-29-2007, 07:43 PM
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Re: About Skin Tone

hi butch,
thanx for ur time, i thought about the degrunge also; but one thing i wanted to keep is the skin texture, which gets wiped out with degrunge... (well at least that's the problem i got...)

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just notice part of my problem was lot of noise, i ran neat image, but still, i got some blotchy skin.

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Old 09-29-2007, 08:39 PM
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Re: About Skin Tone

May I ask do you have an unaltered version... I only say this because the example you posted does not have any skin texture to begin with. I have found between degrunge and screen blur I can smooth almost any skin and still keep pore detail.. or I think i can...lol

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Old 09-29-2007, 08:55 PM
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Re: About Skin Tone

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May I ask do you have an unaltered version... I only say this because the example you posted does not have any skin texture to begin with. I have found between degrunge and screen blur I can smooth almost any skin and still keep pore detail.. or I think i can...lol

Butch
hey butch thnx for ur help here.the thing is that yes, u do save some skin texture with degrunge, but on the other hand u do alter it also. im a true believer of D&B for the texture, cause there is absolutely no blur at all.
the next step is that skin tone i can't seem to figure out ..
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Old 09-29-2007, 09:39 PM
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Re: About Skin Tone

This is my try. Color correction in the LAB mode, sharpened the image a little, and airbrush. Lovely young lady. Good picture for practice.

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Old 09-29-2007, 09:42 PM
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Re: About Skin Tone

Alex, there are a few ways to approach this. If you examine the channels, her face is pretty even in the Red channel, worse in the green, and pretty bad in the blue. If I had a hi resolution good quality original, I would use a Noise Filter like noiseware to smooth out the noise without blurring the detail. Then I would have masked out her face and applied the Red channel to a duplicate layer and changed its blend mode to luminosity. From there I would add a blank layer set to Color blend mode and using a soft brush at 50% opacity, paint over her face by sampling adjacent color from the smooth and corrctly colored areas of skin.

However, given the image that you uploaded I took a different path.
I duplicated the background layer and applied a levels adjustment setting the B&W points (hair and her right shoulder). This will bright the image and smooth out the tone differences across the face. Next added a blank layer set to color blend mode and as described above, painted with a soft brush sampling from adjacent skin I felt had even color. This was quick and sloppy so pardon my spill over onto her shirt and hair.

Regards, Murray
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Old 09-29-2007, 11:57 PM
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Re: About Skin Tone

This was predominantly about painting on a softlight layer with very very low opacity brush with both white and black and in some areas with sampled colour. Some of the colour was adjusted by using a colour layer and then the opacity lowered to taste. A highpass sharpen with a mask was used to remove some of the blur of the eyes.
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Old 09-30-2007, 12:38 AM
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Re: About Skin Tone

I started off with a levels adjustment to correct the color cast (still a greenish cast on her shirt from skintone adj. could isolate that if I had time). Then to tone down the red blotchy spots I used a curves adj. layer and added some cyan, filled the mask with black and then painted over the blotchy spots. I then used the dodge/burn layer to lighten up some of the shadows on the face. Finished off with a curves layer set to luminosity to add a bit of contrast.

I forgot to edit in srgb so it looks a bit on the cool side in the browser, I embedded the profile so it should look right in photoshop or safari browser.

Some tutorials that might help

Skintones:
http://www.smugmug.com/help/skin-tone

Blotchy Skin: (havn't tried this one yet looks kinda good!)
http://www.dgrin.com/showthread.php?t=23233
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Old 09-30-2007, 01:53 AM
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Re: About Skin Tone

Haven't tried it yet but download issue #10 of Pbase magazine (http://www.pbase.com/magazine) and go to page 10-12. It looks like a good technique for blotchy skin and still keeping the skin texture. Hope this works for you.
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