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Old 06-25-2009, 10:10 AM
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How to "balance" flashed skin areas

Hi all, I downloaded a raw file from ModelMayhem to do my first retouch based on the D&B method. Am still struggling through it now...

Part of the model's forehead and cheeks are "flashed" and is high in contrast. I am using the D&B method and tried brushing though the highlights in details on the Burn layer to tone it down, and brushing through the dark tones on the Dodge layer to make the area balance out.

Is this the correct method? or should I finish the D&B first, and from there create a new layer to tone down thosed flashed area separately?

Advises are greatly appreciated..

attached is the before, and the half-done images.

Thanks!
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Old 06-25-2009, 11:42 AM
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Re: How to "balance" flashed skin areas

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Is this the correct method? or should I finish the D&B first, and from there create a new layer to tone down thosed flashed area separately?
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If you finish the D&B the highlight/flashed areas will be toned down if they are on their own layer or not... just keep on doing what you are doing and with all the practice you are putting in... things will get better and faster... Good start!

This PSD from Amy Dresser might help with your work flow..
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Old 06-25-2009, 12:09 PM
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If you finish the D&B the highlight/flashed areas will be toned down if they are on their own layer or not... just keep on doing what you are doing and with all the practice you are putting in... things will get better and faster... Good start!

This PSD from Amy Dresser might help with your work flow..
Thanks much for your response and encouragement. Will carry on with what i am doing now. Hope I can post something after the weekend, though my Sat will be half filled by Autobots and Deceptorcons.

Also, thanks for the psd file! I will check it out.
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Old 06-26-2009, 09:14 AM
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Re: How to "balance" flashed skin areas

clone stamp set to 'darken' with an opacity of about 20-30%

go nuts.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:21 PM
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clone stamp set to 'darken' with an opacity of about 20-30%

go nuts.
Thanks Julius, I have tried and it works. Jus that i tried with "Normal" and compared with Darken, i dun see the difference, any reason for setting to darken? am sure there is a difference, but i guess i missed it.

Thanks again

attached is the piece after D&B and healing, without cloning off the flashed skin yet. Comments most welcomed..
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:48 PM
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Re: How to "balance" flashed skin areas

I would guess that darken considers the colors that are underneath it. Where as normal will just place your sampled pixels without any care as to what colors are underneath.
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Old 06-26-2009, 11:59 PM
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I would guess that darken considers the colors that are underneath it. Where as normal will just place your sampled pixels without any care as to what colors are underneath.
Thanks! And i found out y i am not seeing any difference. I was working the clone tool on a new layer. I read from here that this wont work.
http://photography-on-the.net/forum/....php?p=8107416

It will only work on the actual layer itself. But i could set the layer mode of the new layer to Darken or Lighten to give the same effects
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Old 06-28-2009, 10:59 AM
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Re: How to "balance" flashed skin areas

Finished!

Posted it here in Critiques:
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/cri...l-retouch.html

Thanks for all your inputs! Do comment
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