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Old 11-08-2009, 12:25 PM
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Re: Using the actual d&b tools (any new opinions?)

Oh right well it's not really my method or anything it's just what I think most people consider as the best method for skin smoothing.

So basically have 1 curves adjustment layer lightened and 1 darkend, mask both. Then basically use that to lighten or darken areas in the same way Amy was doing. To make it easier you can add a h/s layer desaturated and an s curve adjustment layer to create contrast to see the areas better. There is actually a tutorial on that here which may be useful. Check it out.
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:45 PM
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Re: Using the actual d&b tools (any new opinions?)

Originally Posted by gamedonechanged View Post
Ok so I am just curious to get peoples opinions on Amy's use of the actual d&b tools on the pixels themselves. I hear so many people often saying it is destructive ect....use curves adjustment layers ect....

I suppose Amy is a pro so she is confident about what she does and she only works with a low strength but still I was very impressed with how it came out.

Will more people be giving that a try if they already do not?
Just my $0.02 worth
In past versions of Photoshop it was true that the Dodge and Burn tools were sort of left out in the cold because they were so harsh.. and the pros used the D&B Technique using curves adjustment layers you describe... BUT, seeing as you have upgraded to CS4 and they have changed how the tools preserve/protect the tones. The tools are much more usable now as per this video from As the tools get better and improve.... we make adjustments in our thinking and methods.. in the end we usually end up using what we are comfortable with until we get adventurous and try unfamiliar ways and new/improved tools
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Old 11-08-2009, 01:47 PM
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I suppose you still have the safety net of it being on a mask so you can go back and edit if you need to but I take on board what you say thanks.
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