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Old 09-19-2008, 11:52 PM
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Please Help with evening out skin

I need some advise on how to even out the skin to uniform tone. I've used the hue/saturation and a lot of D&B to remove most of the blotches. The problem areas: on top of the nose, the eye area and especially along the jawline. I just can't seem to the perfect look without making it look blurry. Please help....

You can get a high-rez file here: http://www.megaupload.com/?d=ZUIOIXO1

Thanks to all
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Old 09-20-2008, 01:48 AM
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Re: Please Help with evening out skin

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...ques-body.html

http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...-best-way.html
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:31 AM
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Re: Please Help with evening out skin

quadupix,
Sorry, but megaupload requires you to install their downloader which comes with all that advertising and who knows what else... not going to do that.
However, took a quick look at the lower res image. You talk about evening "tone", but then mention a "blurry" look to the edges. That should not be happening. You may need to elaborate on your technique a bit more.

Here is a very quick change of tonality, with just a little blurring. Is this what you are trying to achieve (again, knowing that this is incomplete) ?
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Old 09-20-2008, 02:13 PM
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quadupix,
Sorry, but megaupload requires you to install their downloader which comes with all that advertising and who knows what else... not going to do that...
TommyO, here is the high resolution...it isn't much higher.
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Old 09-20-2008, 04:22 PM
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I'm not sure this is what you are looking for.

I tried using the curve replacement method, but there were so many different shades and colour tones in her skin that it was too difficult, so I resorted to some very crude technique.

First I used multiple "replace colour" runs to to re-tone, desaturate and lighten patch colours on the nose, cheeks and chin. Then what was left I "fixed" by sampling a "good" colour, and painting it onto the off colour spots and using various blend modes (whichever worked best), gaussian blur and varying layer opacity to cover the areas up. Finally, a slight overall adjustment of colour tone and saturation.

Not very elegant technique.
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Old 09-20-2008, 05:12 PM
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Thanks for the image Chillin !

Quadupix,
I usually start by extracting a small patch of skin, working to find the final color I like, then applying that correction to all of the image and masking to adjust where it takes place. ( Of course, the final values are very subjective, and depend on the ethnicity of the subject.) I may add several layers until I get the color right. At that point I do various blurring techniques to smooth it out at bit.

Below is my second attempt after receiving the higher res image. I like the tonality better.
* I have not blended/blurred the effect any, but I did do a simple noise reduction & selective sharpening to make the skin a bit softer (just for fun).
* I did not attempt to fix the various discolorations elsewhere. That step is not hard once you find values you like.

I added the before and after color values to show that it does not take much difference for our eyes to pick it up.
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:22 PM
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Re: Please Help with evening out skin

Like TommyO said some color correction & I would continue with a D&B more.
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Old 09-20-2008, 10:58 PM
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Re: Please Help with evening out skin

Thanks folks for all your input! I'm trying to get a very even tonality. There seem to be large patches of "lightness" which might take weeks of D&B for perfection, in my opinion:-).

I guess I'm trying to achieve the uniformity like the examples here: http://www.iretouchit.com/ Look the at the 5th & 6th images under his "skin" portfolio and you'll see what I mean.
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Old 09-20-2008, 11:07 PM
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I'm not sure this is what you are looking for.

I tried using the curve replacement method, but there were so many different shades and colour tones in her skin that it was too difficult, so I resorted to some very crude technique.

First I used multiple "replace colour" runs to to re-tone, desaturate and lighten patch colours on the nose, cheeks and chin. Then what was left I "fixed" by sampling a "good" colour, and painting it onto the off colour spots and using various blend modes (whichever worked best), gaussian blur and varying layer opacity to cover the areas up. Finally, a slight overall adjustment of colour tone and saturation.

Not very elegant technique.
This seems to steer it a bit towards what I'm looking for.
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Old 09-21-2008, 11:17 AM
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Thanks folks for all your input! I'm trying to get a very even tonality. There seem to be large patches of "lightness" which might take weeks of D&B for perfection, in my opinion:-).

I guess I'm trying to achieve the uniformity like the examples here: http://www.iretouchit.com/ Look the at the 5th & 6th images under his "skin" portfolio and you'll see what I mean.
that is a great portfolio...

but I hate that he added "skeleton ribs" to the model on the 3rd pic under fashion!
I say NO NO NO.... it wasnt necessary!
and How the hell he got that image out of the original out of focus (4th on fashion!) WOW...just WOW!
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