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Old 03-25-2008, 02:40 PM
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Old 03-25-2008, 02:47 PM
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Re: Magazine color/skin.

Even though your Avatar isn't Simon Cowell anymore, i still hear his voice every post
of yours i read whether it's here,, luminous-landscape, whatever.
Maybe that's why i laugh instead of getting offended.
Then again i generally always agree with Simon Cowell too...
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:18 PM
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Originally Posted by CaptainHook View Post
Completely fair enough.
But the most useful help you could get from anyone here, would be to let
you know this is not the kind of work you should be aspiring towards.

If Jeska was here i would say the same thing to her:
Look at someone like Chris Tarantino's Website here.
Study the work. Work towards that.

I say this because i truly care and wish to help others.
Not to be offensive to anyone.

You are right, but how to do this except d&b? I think you have alot of experience....
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Old 03-25-2008, 03:29 PM
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Why not d&b?
This is supposedly a retouching forum after all.
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Old 03-25-2008, 04:22 PM
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Re: Magazine color/skin.

what settings did you end up using for that image?
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Old 03-26-2008, 08:40 AM
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Was that directed at me Mr. Ant?
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Old 03-27-2008, 12:39 PM
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Re: Magazine color/skin.

Stick with the basics of healing & cloning.
It will take you the same amount of time and it will look clean and natural.
Also play around with different blending modes.
My guess would be that she duplicated the layer and set it to "softlight" to get those saturated colors.
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Old 03-28-2008, 03:11 AM
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Re: Magazine color/skin.

The first thing of all that is important in this case imho, is the definition of aesthetic.
we can talk all day about which technique is better but if the eye itself won't see what looks good or bad, even high end techniques won't help.

Those links to model mayhem to some are obviously far from being professional, and are far from having a "magazine" look.

I suggest you compare them with some of the Vogue pages and start training your eye by defining what is good or bad work, and asking yourself what makes it looks good or bad.

Then if you really want to learn it the way things are done in those printed and renown works, i would highly suggest you stick with Ant or CaptainHook or Chris Tarantino's precious advices.
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Old 03-28-2008, 04:41 AM
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Re: Magazine color/skin.

Originally Posted by yangez
Yet for all my searching and reading in various RetouchPro threads, I have only come across a few very good posts or tutorials about high-end retouching. I was wondering if any of you could provide some insight into the matter.
Originally Posted by keiserjohn
...but once in a while ill do some FHM work... It usually takes me 8 hours for a fhm cover.. Not a 5 min retouch with some program...
There's your first clue. There's no rule that says you have to get it all in one step, or that the winner is the guy who finishes first. I'd bet you already know how to use all the tools that are needed, including the fabled Dodge and Burn rituals. But are you willing to zoom in and work at something near the pixel level, sculpting each shadow and highlight to make them consistent and smooth? Are you willing to edit each pore, one at a time? Each blemish? Are you willing to work on the highlight side, then the shadow side, of each wrinkle?

These kinds of threads pop up about every 6 months or so and they always contain the same suspicion that there is a body of hidden knowledge jealously guarded by an elite few who are content to let the masses rot away in a cesspool of blurred skin and blown-out highlights. I've said it before and since then, nothing's changed: retouching is a pain in the ass. You don't actually need OCD to succeed, though you'll probably develop tendencies in that direction if you keep at it. But none of it is rocket science, just common sense. You start by looking at the images that are successful, i.e. published in ads for high end brands and layouts in any of the commonly accepted magazines that offer beauty, fashion and, yeah, skin, and taking note of the difference between what you see there, and what you yourself are turning out. Self-editing is far more effective than any forum post.

But there are no secrets, no passwords, no mystical handshakes; retouchers don't recognize each other by the rings we wear or odd ways we scratch our ear on those rare occassions when we emerge into the daylight. We're just oddballs willing to spend the major part of our lives in a sedentary state, slowly going blind, drinking lots of coffee and blasting our eardrums out with iPods.
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Old 03-28-2008, 11:37 AM
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Hi all ...she is using a program that is marketed from MM, I have a client
that uses it on her photos as well ... I forget the name of it ...I don't use it.
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