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Old 10-31-2009, 09:01 PM
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Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

I'm looking for an effective way to remove skin blotches (discoloration) without using a blur effect on the skin. I want to even out the colors. I've some some people use a paintbrush with the layer set to (color) mode but I don't feel that works for me.

Maybe some of the high end retouchers can chime in here. The pic below is the one I'm trying to smooth out. You'll notice the imperfections on her left cheek. Although subtle it's still there.

Feel free to save the image and repost it.

http://lookpic.com/i/535/yjURlxvZ.jpeg
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Old 10-31-2009, 10:41 PM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

Is this what you mean? Is the problem correct in the area you mentioned?
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:23 PM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

Thats a very nice attempt. There's still a little bit of a lighter area in the middle but overall looks better. Can you describe what you did?
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:27 PM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

There's a technique for that utilizing hue/saturation adjustment layer. First, you select the dominant color of the flaw from the edit drop down list (most often red or magenta). Second you choose the minus dropper tool end go over the areas with good skin to restrict the effect to areas with flawed color. At this stage you can shift the hue all the way to the right to make the color ridiculous and see how it affects the skin and then refine further. Once you got it where you want it bring the hue slider back to the middle and desaturate the flaws with the saturation slider and move the hue slider slightly towards the yellows (slight move to the right).
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Old 10-31-2009, 11:33 PM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

Didnt notice you attached a photo there...Its a bit of a different case from what i thought. For that i'd use either dodge and burn or clone tool set to lighten and about 25percent opacity.
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Old 11-01-2009, 12:36 AM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

think of it as more of a problem with luminance, not colour
DB (painting with light) techniques work well in this case

http://mobilefiles.ca/images/yjURlxvZ_re.jpg

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Old 11-01-2009, 08:55 AM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

ShadowLight is correct in stating that a dodge and Burn layer can be used to smooth out the difference in luminance of the areas. However, you can also use a High Pass layer to protect all the detail and selectively blur it to accomplish the same result. This latter method is usually much more quickly - you just need to be careful to chose the correct radius and not overdo it.
The blotchiness in this image is not extensive and so there may not be much time difference. I will try a D&B later to check the delta.
Finally to MariusX's point, one often finds in some images the blotchy patches are distinctly different in color (normal skin color with distinct / prominent magenta patches for example). In those situations a Hue/Sat or Selective Color adj layer is necessary to even out the color and then the luminance needs to be addressed if there is still a difference in the luminance.
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

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think of it as more of a problem with luminance, not colour
db (painting with light) techniques work well in this case

http://mobilefiles.ca/images/yjurlxvz_re.jpg

cheers,
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magnificent!!!
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Old 11-02-2009, 01:59 AM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

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think of it as more of a problem with luminance, not colour
DB (painting with light) techniques work well in this case

http://mobilefiles.ca/images/yjURlxvZ_re.jpg

cheers,
SLight
Thanks for this explanation. Are you using a Softlight Layer set to 50% gray and using either balck or white to paint or are you creating a curves layer and painting in white?
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Old 11-02-2009, 02:21 AM
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Re: Skin Blotches, how to even out? Sample Pic

there's always a lot a ways to achieve the same result
most often I use softlight, 50% gray and dodging and burning on that layer
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