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Old 10-26-2008, 06:47 AM
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Better tan?

Hi all.

What I want to learn is how to get better skin tones and I do not know how.
I tried the gradient layer and all kinds of sliders but I just can not get the brownish look like these photos:
http://www.philippesalomon.com/v3/portfolio_new.html

Any tips or links to topics in here that will help me go on?

(comments on the retouche itself is welcome too)

Thanks
Jorgen
Amsterdam, Netherlands
www.beautyshoot.nl

Before: (sRGB)
http://www.beautyshoot.nl/shoot01/00...0ps800voor.jpg
After: (sRGB)
http://www.beautyshoot.nl/shoot01/00...-2ps800na2.jpg.

Original: (adobe1998)
http://www.beautyshoot.nl/shoot01/006_a3a3180-2test.jpg
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:10 AM
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Re: Better tan?

is that photo of esmee?
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Old 10-26-2008, 09:20 AM
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Re: Better tan?

Not that this is important here, but no. Thats Jennefer
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:47 PM
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Re: Better tan?

Hi! I played with the AFTER sample. I used lots of adjustment layers.
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Old 10-26-2008, 01:51 PM
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Re: Better tan?

Convert image to lab color, and then go to curves, adjust a, b.
when finish, convert back to RGB
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:11 PM
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Re: Better tan?

thanks so far and thanks for the samples.
I will take a deeper look at it.
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:32 PM
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Re: Better tan?

Beautyshoot,
It would appear that your image (in Adobe1998) is very close. While we don't have access to PhilippeSalomon's images, their tonal values should be close.

In one are of your image on the cheek using a 3x3 sample measures C:1,M:30;Y:32;K:0 and is very close to an Asian skin tone used for these shots that measures C:0;M:24;Y:29;K:0. The big difference though it the difference between adjacent areas of the face, your varying much more that other reference images. By increasing the saturation of the values to about C:0,M:25;Y:32;K:0 it becomes very close to Philippe's, accept for the spread/distribution. Point being, you're very close, just some slight variation and a bit more saturation, then more distribution of color.

Below is a much smaller jpg in Adobe1998 with the tonal changes, no masking to keep it to the skin though. Also, I added a detail of the skin to note the tonal differences.

I do like your retouch. Very even, good attention to detail. So much so, that I got confused as to whether I was looking at yours or Philippe's ! Really! Different style though. Thanks for the access to the high resolution image. That always helps.
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Last edited by TommyO; 10-26-2008 at 03:45 PM. Reason: Added skin detail.
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:48 PM
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@ tommy, what did you do to the file afterwords?

thanks for the kind words. Actually I made some nice mistakes like using a noise brush next to the eye and did liquify after I made coloradjustments that resulted in a nice white line under her chin <blush>
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Old 10-26-2008, 03:59 PM
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Re: Better tan?

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@ tommy, what did you do to the file afterwords?
Not sure what you mean? Can you clarify?

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Actually I made some nice mistakes like using a noise brush next to the eye...
Saw that, but wasn't worth mentioning. I like the softness of the edges overall.
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Old 10-26-2008, 04:03 PM
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@Tommy, sorry for my crappy English

I mean.. you worked on that file? What did you do to it? (or do I see ghosts... i have seen to many times the same imagage that i dont see the difference anymore between one and the other hahaha)
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