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Old 09-26-2009, 02:14 AM
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D&B retouch

I'm still practicing D&B...here is one the images I took, now edited.
Let me know what you think.
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Thanks,
HK

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Old 09-26-2009, 04:37 PM
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Re: D&B retouch

any feedback??
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:22 AM
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Re: D&B retouch

Resolution is quite too low to see the work.
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Old 09-27-2009, 06:00 AM
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Looks good. Didn't know D&B could be used in that way. Of course, the image needs more work. The model looks plastic and his leg too flat at that res.
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Old 09-27-2009, 12:44 PM
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Thanks Quantum3, first of this is her not him
Second, how is it plastic looking?? How would I fix it??
Finally, res is a bit low, I agree...
Bigger size ->>> Click here
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Old 09-27-2009, 03:43 PM
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Thanks Quantum3, first of this is her not him
Second, how is it plastic looking?? How would I fix it??
Finally, res is a bit low, I agree...
Bigger size ->>> Click here
The high res look better, with more detail in the skin. Plastic skin is called when the skin doesn't show any pore or texture and that happens when smudging the image in PS (like lot of people used to do long time ago, specially teenagers) and now by using blurring techniques but without any mesure. It¡s also called "porcelain look". The image looks flat in certain areas, such her face and her leg because the shading you did doesn't wraps the body of the model and that makes those specific areas flat looking.

Example of overdone skin smoothing (plastic skin): http://farm2.static.flickr.com/1407/...4324fa4784.jpg

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Old 09-27-2009, 04:01 PM
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Re: D&B retouch

Hm, I guess I overdid it a bit. It's funny that you say it's plastic looking because I didn't use any blurring techniques.
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Old 09-27-2009, 04:09 PM
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Hm, I guess I overdid it a bit. It's funny that you say it's plastic looking because I didn't use any blurring techniques.
It's the "how it looks" instead the "how it was done" what makes the difference. "Plastic" is the name that most people use in order to reffer to overdone skin smoothing, however, I didn't said your editing looks plastic, but flat in certain areas.

Please, pay a bit more of attention to what I wrote.

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Old 09-30-2009, 09:45 AM
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Re: D&B retouch

You did all of that which "just" D&B?! *amazed*

Could you please give us a little "tutorial" or explain us your workflow step by step in a short post? Would be very nice!

Ty in advance
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Old 10-01-2009, 02:24 AM
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You did all of that which "just" D&B?! *amazed*

Could you please give us a little "tutorial" or explain us your workflow step by step in a short post? Would be very nice!

Ty in advance
Well, not ALL of it. D&B was used for her skin only. I wanted to change her face not to keep the original look.
This is the way I did it.
Before you started: I would recommend to adjust your image in Camera RAW. Neutralize your image. Open it in Photoshop.
Step:
1. Blemish removal - Create layer set to (Sample: Current & Below). Use healing tool to remove blemishes. (Do not heal on Background layer!!!)
2. Create group called D&B --> in it, create two curves layers. One adjusted to over expose the image(dodge), the other to under expose(burn). Fill both lager with back color. Use white brush to D&B. Use white brush on dodge layer to eliminate dark blotchiness (or to open up shadows). Use white brush on burn layer to eliminate white spots/lines/pixels. This is probably the simplest explanation ever...If you'd like to know more about D&B use Search bar. There are a lot of info out there...i don't want to reinvent the wheel.
3. Skin tone correction. I used Saturation Layers. One layer set to zero saturation (black and white) and the other to more saturation (Saturation slider set to: +18) Same thing here. Fill them both with black. Paint using white brush.
4. Contrast. Used Gradient Layer set to Soft Light. Same...fill with black, paint with white.
5. Color Balance. Used Color Balance Layer to make the image cooler...
6. Background cloning. No comment here. Simple stuff.
And a few other personal touches...
This is pretty much it...

Sorry for not really explaining everything in depth....but like I said before...Search this forum...

Thanks,
HK
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