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Old 07-01-2009, 04:39 AM
Alex Retoucher Alex Retoucher is offline
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

d00dle, you shouldn't use somebodies photo without permission. please remove it from your post. you can practice on it of course but not to post it. it's not a photo for challenge. if you want me to see your version and know my opinion, please do it private.
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:23 AM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

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Ok. I used adjustment layers and solid white layer. But the main idea is to make masks from red channel because you must work only with highlighted skin and leave shadows natural. For all steps - after create mask from selection you may be need to complete it with brush (clean hairs, clothes make lighting more even etc.)
1. selection by red channel -> adj.layer curves. lift up middle.
2. selection by red channel -> new layer -> layer mask -> fill layer with white -> set opacity about 30-50% -> correct layer mask by adding contrast - shadows must clean.
3. copy white layer -> set blending mode "color" -> set opacity.
4. copy merged -> paste -> desaturate -> blending mode soft light -> set opacity.

I can't show before because this pic still in work now. If I'll get client's permission, I'll show it in my portfolio later.
hi, alex
thanks for sharing the technique, indeed.
a few questions on it:

a. step 2: having a white solid colour with red mask would be similar to what you say, right?

b. what is the actual purpose for step 3? do you replace the first white layer (step 2) with the new (copied) white layer, or do you simply have the new white layer on top of the first one?

c. in step 4, you just put a merged image on top and desatureate it for soft light blend, right? why don't you use a channel copy instead, such as, say, green to add more contrast, or else?

thanks again! very useful workflow to play with!
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Old 07-01-2009, 10:33 AM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

Sam Bacon,
a - yes
b - the idea is to reduce saturation of highlighted skin.
c - sure, it's the same. just see which work better.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:46 AM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

sorry, i'll took everything down ASAP. i have a question 'bout skin on beauty do u use blur at all to smooth everything out? wat do u recommend.
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Old 07-01-2009, 11:59 AM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

well, of course i retouched this image. use your usual retouching method. you can retouch it before or after whitening. but better to do it after, because some skin defects may be just not visible after whitening and retouch will be easier.
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Old 07-01-2009, 12:16 PM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

in step 4, I notice desaturate and blend mode to soft light or overlay add more contrast (bring out highlight & shadow, plus lil desaturate the entire image).
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Old 07-01-2009, 02:48 PM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

alex, thanks again!
well, may I ask you to show a sample workflow with layers? would highly appreciate that!
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Old 07-01-2009, 03:50 PM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

i didn't save that file unmerged. show yours and i'll say if i find something strange
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Old 07-05-2009, 07:50 AM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

Macint0sh, now I can show before image
http://alexretoucher.com/portfolio/giu1.html
but please, my images not for training
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Old 07-09-2009, 06:47 AM
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Re: Beauty White Skin look

Thanks alex, i'll be trying this out later, red skin always annoys me
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