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Old 10-19-2008, 03:09 AM
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How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

Hi all,

What is the best way to remove tiny lip hair from the attached beauty shot? As you can see, it is only apparent on the left side. I also want to match the pores on the other side so to keep it realistic.

I've tried the healing brush to clone the other side. The results were ok, but not as realistic as I would like.

Any better methods?

Thanks
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Old 10-19-2008, 10:38 AM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

try a combination of slight dust & scratches to break it up a bit, then dodge & burn to clean it up. add some MINOR noise on top of your overall digital images.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:51 AM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

Ok I just do this quickly, and image was croped so it was little bit harder. But I think I manage to do it quite well, it could be done better but just for example.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:54 AM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

For a realistic look, I wouldn't remove the lip hair on the left side... It's quite natural to see some facial hair with stronger light on one side. The "problem" is the contrast between the facial hair and the skin. If you use the D&B method to lighten the darker areas and slightly darken some of the lighter spots, the lip hair will be less visible but very natural.
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Old 10-19-2008, 11:56 AM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

Is this Ok. The process is little more complicated - dodging and burning through an especially created mask which emphasizes the contrast between the hairs and skin.

Larry
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Old 10-19-2008, 12:39 PM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

thats looks awesome
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Old 10-19-2008, 01:29 PM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

Leuallen has posted a nice example of the technique that I was speaking of.
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Old 10-19-2008, 04:22 PM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

How u make mask, leuallen?
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Old 10-19-2008, 07:15 PM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

You must have a little experience in masking to use this technique, ie, what the mask should look like. It is a little too long to fully describe here but here is the short version.

1. Create a luminosity mask as per Tony Kuyper instructions at

http://www.goodlight.us/writing/lumi...tymasks-1.html

2. Use the light lights mask as it gives the best contrast in the desired area.

3. Use levels and dodge and burn to further increase the contrast.

4. Add the mask to a 50% gray D/B layer. With a black brush, opacity 100%, flow 10%, go over the light hairs/areas. The mask has a smooth gradation and will allow darkening of the light areas only. It will blend well due to the gradation of the mask.

5. New D/B layer. Add the same mask but invert. Use a white brush and go over the darker areas next to the light until you get a nice blend.

6. Another D/B layer for global corrections and other clean up.

7. Place D/B layers in a group and reduce opacity till it look good. this brings back some of the original texture and cures the tendency to over retouch.

Attached is the light lights mask and the final mask derived from it.

Larry
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Old 10-20-2008, 04:11 AM
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Re: How to remove lip hair from beauty shot?

Thanks everyone for their quick suggestions!

BagLady: thanks for informing me that it is normal to see some hair on the fill light side of the face. I thought the model had not shaved properly or something lol. Then I would agree D&B would be the way to go. Originally I had wanted a method that would clone in the pores, but that would be less natural and unnecessary.

leuallen: thank you very much for your detailed D&B method. I have not heard of the creating a light mask method before, but it seems to be better than the method that I am using, which is just using a 50% grey fill w/o any masks for both dodge and burn. I think separating the dodging and burning as well as the global D&B would be a superior method. I've attached a rough fix.

One request though, would you mind clarifying step 3: "Use levels and dodge and burn to further increase the contrast."? I assume you are talking about increasing the contrast of the light lights layer mask. But how do you D&B the layer mask?

Also, I assume this light/dark mask D&B method could be used for other skin problems as well? Do you have any other recommendations on using these light masks for people photography? The site you pointed to only went into landscape photography.

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