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Old 01-13-2009, 11:59 AM
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techniques to create highlight and shadow on faces

Hello, what techniques do you use to create highlight and shadow for a headshot with flat lighting? I assume dodging and burning is one way, but doing it with free hands is probably not the best way. Any suggestions?


Example: http://modelmayhm-7.vo.llnwd.net/d1/...e7402ba0cf.jpg
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Old 01-13-2009, 12:25 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

Probably is Dodge and burn nevertheless te best way in my opinion, but you could also try this:

1: make a copy layer of the 'background layer'
2: run a high pass layer at a radius of ± 30
3: blur this layer at a radius of ± 20 (so it doesnt sharpen details or something)
4: Desaturate this layer
5: set this layer at softlight or overlay (which you prefer) blending mode
6: -for Personal Taste- double click on the layer, so you get the layer style menu, below you see the "blend if: gray" in the bar of 'this layer' click on the black triangle while you holt the Alt key. the black triangle will split, move the right part to the white side. In this way you'll reduce the blacks a bit.

You could also try this:

Filter > Sharpen > Unsharp mask
Amount: 15
radius: 75
Threshold: 0


Hope i helped! hope i have explained it in a readable way, because my english is not always very good
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Old 01-13-2009, 02:33 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

Thanks for the detailed reply. I looked at your deviant site, and am wondering if you can share how you did this one?

http://ruud92.deviantart.com/art/Fall-Beauty-107042524
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Old 01-14-2009, 10:54 AM
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Thanks for the detailed reply. I looked at your deviant site, and am wondering if you can share how you did this one?

http://ruud92.deviantart.com/art/Fall-Beauty-107042524
Mostly dodge and burn (as well on the skin texture as to pop her face and eyes (creating shadows and highlights))
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Old 01-14-2009, 11:26 AM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

Help to start with better source material, properly shot.

You really need to start learning this type of thing at the beginning I've found. Some understanding of how to draw, and most importantly I think some appreciation of the skeletal structure of a face. One resource I found http://fineart.sk/index.php?cat=14. If you don't go through this learning in some way, then your dodge and burn will always a little… dodgy. Some people do it instictively quite well, but thats a very rare gift.

To be honest I look at things I did myself even 5 years ago and think I didn't know what I was doing really, it's not until I realised I needed to go through this process again, that it sank in.

The technique or method you use to apply this makes little or no difference.
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Old 01-14-2009, 02:06 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

This may help too. (see attachment)
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File Type: jpg Light and shadow face apply make up.jpg (85.9 KB, 414 views)
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Old 01-14-2009, 03:00 PM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

cheers for the link, Markzebra
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:29 AM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

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Help to start with better source material, properly shot.

You really need to start learning this type of thing at the beginning I've found. Some understanding of how to draw, and most importantly I think some appreciation of the skeletal structure of a face. One resource I found http://fineart.sk/index.php?cat=14. If you don't go through this learning in some way, then your dodge and burn will always a little… dodgy. Some people do it instictively quite well, but thats a very rare gift.

To be honest I look at things I did myself even 5 years ago and think I didn't know what I was doing really, it's not until I realised I needed to go through this process again, that it sank in.

The technique or method you use to apply this makes little or no difference.
Hi Mark, thanks for the link.

Do you Know a this book: "Learning how to draw with braim´s right side" from Betty Edwuards? If the answer is "yes", what´s your opinion?.
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Old 01-15-2009, 03:49 AM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

On the subject of books this one has been recommended on many occasions "Skin: The Complete Guide to Digitally Lighting, Photographing, and Retouching Faces and Bodies - Lee Varis"
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Old 01-15-2009, 06:05 AM
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Re: techniques to create highlight and shadow on f

I think when choosing any learning resource, the first thing you do is look at the work. You ask yourself "does this person actually know what they are doing?, and are they in a position to teach?" in the case of Betty Edwards "is her sense of proportion in her drawing up to scratch?". Do you need to draw as well as that or BETTER than that? I guess it depends on where your starting from maybe. In the case of Lee Varis, don't get me started.
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