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Old 02-03-2010, 02:58 AM
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What the technique?

I like this retouch so much! But, how to do this?
Please, help!
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Old 02-03-2010, 05:38 AM
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Re: What the technique?

Lots of techniques involved there...

Things you might wanna find info about: Local contrast adjustment, sharpening, d&b, using contrast blending modes, color toning in contrast blending modes..

Wanna do it yourself or need examples of each?
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Old 02-03-2010, 08:16 AM
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Re: What the technique?

Need the examples, please!
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Old 02-03-2010, 09:26 AM
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Re: What the technique?

I will do as soon as i have some time, im currently working against the clock.
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Old 02-03-2010, 12:50 PM
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Re: What the technique?

Here is a psd which may give you an edge (altough not perfect):
http://www.megaupload.com/?d=AOC4RWJQ

In your example, liquify was also used, and the eyes were made more clear, but the resolution of the pics is a bit too low to get these things right.

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Old 02-04-2010, 02:15 AM
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Re: What the technique?

Thanks a lot, aceto81. I want to know more about d&b. I didn't hear about this technique before.
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:28 AM
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Re: What the technique?

http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=272

That tutorial shows how to use it for skin smoothing but it also works to contour anything you want... Think of it as exaggerating the shadows and highlights
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Old 02-04-2010, 02:36 AM
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Re: What the technique?

Hi there
There are simple techniques like flexmanta told you.
But the simple techniques will effect perfect cause the picture is perfect for such kind of techniques.
Dont search for tutorials, try to understand the diffrence of both pictures.
If you understand that you will find the tools in photoshop.
But you have to know the bascis in photoshop.

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:10 PM
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Re: What the technique?

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Hi there
There are simple techniques like flexmanta told you.
But the simple techniques will effect perfect cause the picture is perfect for such kind of techniques.
Dont search for tutorials, try to understand the diffrence of both pictures.
If you understand that you will find the tools in photoshop.
But you have to know the bascis in photoshop.

lg Calvin
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You can search forever on the web for new techniques, but some will fit for your image while others not.
LCE can be done in many ways, but it's not for every image.
The thing is to learn which technique can be used for your pictures.
You shouldn't learn 1000 techniques, learn few, but use them good!

If you want this look, the lightning for the photo should be good, otherwise, you will end with crap. (Or many, many hours of photoshop)

BTW: D&B= dodge and burn, I used a soft light layer 50% grey, but there are other ways, maybe search for tutorials on the web? ;-)

Ace
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Old 02-04-2010, 03:22 PM
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Re: What the technique?

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I like this retouch so much! But, how to do this?
Please, help!
I made the changes to a duplicate of the original, to match your example, with Topaz Adjust HDR filters, Hue/Sat and Select Color adjustments for color tones and saturation. Chips Paint with Light action (#49 at http://www.atncentral.com/download.htm) will do the job too.

Of course, these effected the background but by activating the red channel in the channels palette so that your work now looked B&W and using the quick select tool, I got the attached mask. I saved the mask selection as an alpha channel, activated it by CTRL - click, Ctrl - J and I now had a copy of the subject on its own layer. This allows you to make whatever changes to the BG that you like, without effecting the subject. i.e. use the elliptical marquee tool (feathered) to outline a center portion, copy that to a new layer and use curves, layer blend modes (color dodge?) to brighten; an inverse of this selection to darken the outer edges; etc.

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