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Old 12-05-2007, 01:25 AM
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Re: To BLUR or not to BLUR

can someone pls explain the concept of D&B -or post link- the idea of blurring is to make the skin more even how can D&B achieve that?
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Old 12-05-2007, 07:45 AM
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can someone pls explain the concept of D&B -or post link- the idea of blurring is to make the skin more even how can D&B achieve that?
Blurring also removes all traces of detail. D&B reduces unwanted texture by darkening bright spots and lightening dark spots. A small pimple can be made invisible by darkening the top and brightening the bottom so that the tones are equalized with the surrounding skin.

This is done at huge zoom, pixel by pixel.
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Old 12-05-2007, 10:50 AM
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Hi there

I respectfully differ with some of the posts above....especially that there are no procedures or techniques on this site that would be used in professional work.

Open any magazine and really look at the photos presented. You will find many that could be improved by techniques presented on this site.

The Dior look…or an Illustrated look are just that...LOOKS...and they have their place. It all depends on what you are trying to achieve and why. You will find these looks in all so-called high-end publications.

Often there is no need for some of the retouching techniques because the quality of the work you are starting with does not require it. Then the refining pixel by pixel is the best way to improve a photograph. BUT you can’t always be guaranteed to start with prefect work.

To me… the bottom line… is the artistic talent...the eye for detail… the ability to take what is in our mind and make it a reality that counts. This site will help you towards those goals.

By the way... I have little of the above….lol

Butch
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Old 12-05-2007, 11:42 AM
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Re: To BLUR or not to BLUR

dont blur, dodge and burn or lighten and darken
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Old 12-05-2007, 12:16 PM
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Re: To BLUR or not to BLUR

See my post here on this. It should clear up some stuff.

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/blo...confusion.html

Chris
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Old 12-06-2007, 10:25 AM
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Re: To BLUR or not to BLUR

Chris - excellent explanation. Most of what I have learned has been gleamed from books and the occasional lecture. Meaning that I get 80% misinformation and 20% fact, making sorting the truth from the fiction a tough job. It's great that you take the time to demystify the reality for those of us confused by the hype. Thanks!

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Old 12-07-2007, 02:22 PM
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Re: To BLUR or not to BLUR

If the model needs smoother skin the make-up artist will fix it and not the retoucher (hopefully). Make-up keeps the skin texture and looks a lot better in the end.
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Old 12-07-2007, 03:20 PM
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Martin

I have worked with some of the best makeup artists in the world. They can only do so much for shots that are within 8 inches of the face. At that point the makeup would need to be caked on. Thickly.
Smoother skin is not the same as seeing the natural texture of the skin, something that makeup can and usually does disguise.

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Old 12-07-2007, 04:03 PM
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Really? Didn't know that, thanks for letting me know.

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Old 12-07-2007, 05:07 PM
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Re: To BLUR or not to BLUR

yea it's great for quick fixes also....like doing apply image...in a localized kind of way.

comes in handy on vacation pics!
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