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How to retouch like Star Foreman?

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Old 06-08-2009, 11:58 AM
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How to retouch like Star Foreman?

http://www.modelmayhem.com/5266
http://www.starforeman.com/

I don't know her by any other name, but she claims to have a style of retouching that no one can figure out. That's just asking for a challenge.

So I put it to you, ladies and gentlemen, to have a little fun with this one and see if you can dissect her method. I've flirted with a few techniques, and my best guess is messing with Selective Colors is a fundamental part of it (just by studying her color shifts -- blue to teal, etc). You'd think, at first, that is just a colorization of a greyscale photo, but actually not; the values are too rich for that.

http://modelmayhm-6.vo.llnwd.net/d1/...e30824efda.jpg
Looking here at this example, I notice she also seems to retouch some things locally. Notice the woman's hair has a touch of purple to it that stands out. Also in the lower extremities of the hair, you'll notice a light brownish color, which is perhaps indicative of the original color.

What I do know: she asserts that she processes images in her style about 4-8/hr; meaning she's spending about 15 minutes or less per photo; meaning this probably isn't rocket science.

Think it's all Photoshop, or perhaps a plugin/action or software other than Photoshop?

I'll be following up soon with some more studies, but for now I must dash.
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Old 06-08-2009, 12:02 PM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

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meaning this probably isn't rocket science.
It isn't. Look at the pictures, don't over analyze.
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Old 06-08-2009, 06:31 PM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

Who's overanalyzing? I said the expected approach isn't the approach that works.
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Old 06-08-2009, 08:51 PM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

I don't mean this to be snide, but what is supposed to be unique about her style or technique? I'm not sure what aspect of it we're trying to deconstruct.
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Old 06-08-2009, 09:14 PM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

Take, for instance, this example http://modelmayhm-6.vo.llnwd.net/d1/...e30824efda.jpg

And try to reproduce the sort of coloring treatment she's rendered on a similar image.
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Old 06-08-2009, 10:44 PM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

I can't access the link above, but looking at the URL it appears to be the third link in your first post, which I can access.

While it's possible the girls hair is tinted with the purple, they guys hair is too acid yellow to be believed, and more normal in other shots of the same set:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/pic.php?p...&group_id=&ua=

So clearly things are ahppening on a shot by shot basis.

This the hair and shrubs of this image looks to me like she's painted on a blank layer set to color mode.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/pic.php?p...&group_id=&ua=


So I'd assume the same technique was used on the image you provided, though perhaps at lower opacity.
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Old 06-08-2009, 11:11 PM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

BTW, it's possible she used a blend mode other than color, like perhaps soft light or overlay, but the idea stays the same.

Also, where his hair is that acid yellow, I'd say the color was lifted from the saturated part of her yellow dress. The purple in her hair looks like it may have been sampled from a lavender dress she's wearing in another shot:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/pic.php?p...&group_id=&ua=

The heavy handed paint job is also evident in his jeans and the feathers on his head.

http://www.modelmayhem.com/pic.php?p...&group_id=&ua=
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Old 06-09-2009, 10:11 AM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

Its just extremely coarse blown colorization, using crude, blocked masked areas. Technically extremely easy to do, in a whole variety of different ways. Probably even using something as crude as hue/sat colorize.
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Old 06-09-2009, 01:40 PM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

This is a quick crack at something like her style. I know she varies it somewhat for mood or design, but I think this is basically it.

What do you think?
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Old 06-10-2009, 01:12 AM
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Re: How to retouch like Star Foreman?

I know Star personally, and from what I know I can tell you that every image is worked on individually and no plugin or predefined action is used across the board.

While there are a ton of ways to adjust color via photoshop, this is more style driven. Her main influence comes from early color films: two-tone color processed film and early full 3 color processed film. While the colors are more vibrant than old films, there tends to be more emphasis on key pure tones that carry through the image.

http://www.widescreenmuseum.com/oldc...ubtractive.htm some reading near the bottom that explains two-tone color.
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