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Old 01-19-2010, 06:38 AM
nvisionrj nvisionrj is offline
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Magazine Look

I have been looking for a true fashion/glamour retoucher to help me. I shoot all ethnicities but the majority of them are African American skin tones. My major problem is finding a true fashion magazine retouching method used for skin tones, making skin shine, face shadows, and that smooth shine and highlights. I am a photographer trying to take my work to the next level. There are so many photographers in the Houston area who are satisfied with being just “OK”. I am looking to break out of that group and go to the next level, but the MAIN thing I don’t have is the post production process to take me to the next level. I just want one good step by step process over all that works; I have attached examples of what I am looking for I am new to the board this is my first post thanks!
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:19 AM
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Re: Magazine Look

These photos looks interesting but they are so small.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:45 AM
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Re: Magazine Look

Open the image and use the patch tool to clear away blemishes. Zoom in and go pore by pore. To do it right, it may take you ½ hour or so.
Duplicate the layer.
Filter>Blur>Surface Blur
With Radius of 100 and Depth of 10
This will look really weird right now, but hold on.
Turn it into a layer mask. Got to Edit>Fill And fill with Black. This will take away the effect entirely.
Make sure you are clicked on the mask icon. Go to a paint brush, set it at about 50% hardness, and set the opacity & the flow to 25%. SLOWLY paint back the blur effect with white. Build it up as necessary.
Once this is done (about an hour or so), create a new layer and fill with 50% Gray. Use a white brush to emphasize the highlights (like dodging, but not destructive). Set the blend mode to Soft Light and adjust the Opacity to taste. Now, do the same with a black brush for the shadows.
Flatten the image. Duplicate the layer, and go to Fliter>Other>High Pass. Set the radius to about 4, and change the blend mode to Overlay. This really brings some of the texture back.
In all of these steps, you will need to play around with all of the settings to get it just right…but this is the best overall method I have found, and it is a great place to start.
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Old 01-19-2010, 10:48 AM
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Re: Magazine Look

BTW, I have a friend who does the white brush layer again (just emphasizing the brightest highlights), and it gets him that wet look.
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Old 01-20-2010, 05:48 AM
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Re: Magazine Look

Search for "dodge and burn" or "skin retouching" on this very forum and find oodles of stuff.
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