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Old 10-15-2007, 08:43 PM
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What is the new way of retouching skin?

Hey everyone,

I'm new here, and I have been reading a lot on RetouchPRO. I like to retouch as a hobby, but one of the things I have noticed by reading these forms is my way of retouching skin is outdated.

When I retouch, I like to use the clone brush at a low opacity, while using a Wacom Tablet to brush the new skin on. But from what I have read, a lot of the people that work for the high end retouching firms frown upon it. So I’m just curious what is the new way of retouching skin.

I cant help but think that there are models out there that don’t have perfect skin to begin with, maybe a bit sun damaged perhaps. So if your not covering it up with a new layer of cloned skin, or perhaps a slight blur, how do you still achieve that model perfect skin?
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Old 10-16-2007, 06:58 AM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

Do a search on the forum Flint. "I cant help but think that there are models out there that don’t have perfect skin to begin with" - no actually they are all perfect specimens with pefect complexions, dont do drink, coke, and completely unaffected by the sun
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Old 10-16-2007, 08:02 AM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

Ya, I was being sarcastic, when I wrote that.
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Old 10-16-2007, 09:19 AM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

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Hey everyone,

When I retouch, I like to use the clone brush at a low opacity, while using a Wacom Tablet to brush the new skin on. But from what I have read, a lot of the people that work for the high end retouching firms frown upon it.

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news to me... I've been a retoucher for 8 years (low level) and the hi-end retouchers I know use the method you describe!

I've used the duplicate layer and blur only a couple of times to try out.. it can be okish if used very gently - mostly on poor quality images that have been scanned from textured prints.
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Old 10-16-2007, 03:42 PM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

its all about dodge and burn, baby ..
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Old 10-17-2007, 05:53 AM
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dont do drink, coke, and completely unaffected by the sun[/QUOTE]

You must be talking about Kate Moss Mark?
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:18 AM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

This woman takes it a bit furthe rthan that, check it out.
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Old 10-17-2007, 07:43 AM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

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its all about dodge and burn, baby ..
Yes, I have seen ads that are looking for high end retouchers and they will specify "no blurring", pores have to show through and it takes hours of retouching to work on hi-rez images going to press especially, most shot digital med format.

I learned the easy 3 step blurring trick in a NAPP day seminar, which is fine for a fast fix, but not good enough for the high end files or magazine work

I have looked on youtube for a D&B how to video and so far, nothing has come up. Sometimes, I have to see things in real time and in video rather than following along in books

The D&B technique can takes hours of fine tuning as well and can go pixel by pixel to get a uniform look

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Old 10-17-2007, 08:03 AM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

I actually do some of that work for some high end new york beauty clients. What I do is a bit of a cheat , but it saves hours. Don't get me wrong , it still takes hours, but I first run Imagenomic Portraiture software(takes some learning on this software) then I do the remaining blemishes pixel by pixel. No one has ever known the difference. This software is amazing, but something I like to keep as secret as possible. We don' twant soccer mom photographers getting ahold of it.
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Old 10-17-2007, 08:20 AM
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Re: What is the new way of retouching skin?

The 4 steps you attached, is the way I retouch. I think it’s still used a lot still, because I see in a lot of fashion ads (PRADA, D&G) that are still using that heavy plastic look.
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