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I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

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Old 11-07-2007, 11:25 PM
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I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

Hi guys,

Can anyone tell me how this effect is done? This creamy 'vampire' look,

http://www.adambartas.com/commercial-propaganda.php

Images #14 and #15 (and more or less # 6)...(#14 Girl in red top and black dress & #15 Asian girl in forest). I have searched through tuts for weeks but all I can find are 'Porcelain Skin Tutorials' where you basically desaturate and jack up the levels to burnout point but those just don't produce the creamy, perfect skin look like the Bartas photos.

Any help that leads me to a working technique will produce such appreciation in me that I will feel compelled to buy you dinner at the restaurant of your choice (Within reason via Paypal (Or whatever).

Thanks so much and...do I smell something cooking?

Damien
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Old 11-08-2007, 09:18 PM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

http://www.photoshopgurus.com/tutorials/t027.html

If you push mark`s tutorial a bit youcan get the effect you seek.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:00 AM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

great find on the tutorial brother, thank you.
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Old 11-09-2007, 11:46 AM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

AJ: second that

But when we look at photogs pictures on the web the pics are often very small and details in skin doesn't show as good as we all want to...so by the median filter technique it can get very creamy and smooth...The technique you are looking for here is what we all know as PWL or paint with light! This is done troughadding a new layer and use soft light with the 50% grey box ticked on From there you lighten dark areas of the skin with dodge tool and darken light areas with burn tool to get even skin tone.

I good color correction is needed to get the overall result great. In which order on how to do that either before dodge/burn or after is what I can't give you exact advice on.
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Old 11-10-2007, 11:21 AM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

Its funny... I think Adam used to post on here. Then he discovered some kick-ass techniques and never came back.

I could easily be wrong, but I kind of remember some posts from him.
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:14 PM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

Before I posted this thread I searched for his name and domain on here and didn't find anything. The thing I am wondering about, is with the look he is getting if the result is pure post or if he used some type of pale foundation on the models skin to make enhancing that 'creamy vampire' look in post easier.

So far, all of the results I am getting look to blurry or artificial.

I am surprised that with all the retouch folks and photoshop gurus on this board that more haven't chimed in.

Was my offer of dinner not persuasive enough?



Damien
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Old 11-10-2007, 03:41 PM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

he would post under the name faust
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Old 11-10-2007, 04:15 PM
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he would post under the name faust
BAM!!!
Yeah I knew he used to post here.
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Old 11-11-2007, 03:43 PM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

My guess is:

clone the skin using a low opacity soft brush. be sure to clone is small circular strokes. you dont want to rid the highlights and shadows in the image.
The rest is all about properly using selective color. id probably also experiment with dutone and then convert back to RGB, place orginal ontop of layers & play with different blending modes.
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Old 11-11-2007, 05:05 PM
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Re: I will bribe you to show me how this is done!

^

Not a bad idea with the duotone. Try a warm, yellowish duotone and blend it on top of the original with screen blend. Reduce opacity to taste, and mask out everything but the skin.
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