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Old 02-07-2010, 06:16 PM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

I gave it a shot -

-lowered exposure raised recovery in camera raw so I'd have more to work with.
-lowered vibrance
-tuned color with selective color
-used luminosity masks to adjust values
-healed/cloned skin
-dodge and burn
-airbrushed
-portraiture
-painted in bright colored makeup on a color blending mode layer
-raised vibrance, then used the blend if sliders to fade the yellows
-slight lucisart application for the clarity
-deconvolution sharpened with smart sharpen (low radius, high amount) to make it crispy
-unsharp mask for contrast
I'm sure I'm forgetting things. It took about an hour. Ignore my sloppy hair cloning >.>

I tried adding bright eyeshadow but it made her look cheap. Feel free to tweak it.
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:35 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

Wow, Mike, that is really nice retouch, especially that the photo wasnt perfect

I am gonna try to use your instructions, BUT I do not understand some of the stuff, if that is cause of my english - sorry for that

deconvolution sharpened - I dont know what is deconvolution
portraiture - also no clue what that is

I am trying to retouch the photo using your instructions as I really like what u ve done with it. I will try to post my effect as soon as I am gonna be happy with my effect
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Old 02-08-2010, 06:54 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

Deconvolution is a kind of sharpening. High pass style sharpening increases perceived sharpness through edge contrast. Deconvolution uses an algorithm to "unblur" somehow, I'm not really that familiar with the technical side of it. Smart sharpen works in deconvolution mode if you use a very low radius and a very high amount.

Portraiture is a plugin that smooths skin, kind of like surface blur but with more options. I used it to smooth the skin on her shoulder and remove some excess detail in her face. Use sparingly!

I probably should have mentioned that the majority of my retouch came from the dodge and burn stage and the airbrushing stage. During dodge and burn, I subtly reshaped her facial structure by altering the shadows and highlights. Airbrushing is where I basically re-painted parts of the model (mainly the separation lighting on her arm/jaw/neck, and some blown out areas).
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:38 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

Thank you Mike, I am on it now We'll see how it all goes. I really like your retouch and hope I am gonna be able to achieve a simillar results. All I need is portraiture plugin, but tell me is it really different from smoothing the skin with Lucis Art?

Also, how do u use High Pass? with overlay, soft or hard light?

Thanks
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Old 02-08-2010, 07:57 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

Umm, let me comment on this. Im a purist regarding skin retouch. No plugin should ever touch the skin that made it to your camera sensor. It's almost an insult to each cell... haha. Now, what is smooth skin? It's one with no flaws. Pores are not flaws, they are what make skin, skin. So, what yo do to get smooth skin? Get rid of the flaws and only the flaws by dodging and burning and in the bad cases, cloning and healing.

Inverted high pass can be used for evening out steep color and light differences. It should be applied selectively and if you obtained the high pass through the apply image procedure, it should be used with the linear light blending mode at 100% if you offset accordingly.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:17 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

Ok, take a look at my try with those photos. Tell me what u think

I got a question though, when I am dodging and burning, even on 50% gray, after a longer moment, the skin is starting to change color, I cannot find a way to avoid it. Do u have some tricks to get rid of that effect?

My retouch under, I used neither the portraiture or lucis art or high pass. I wasnt airbrushing as well.

Apart from that the workflow was in a huge part taken from Mike`s (thanks Mike)


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Old 02-08-2010, 09:23 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

Use a soft brush at 100% opacity but 1% flow with pressure sensitivity activated. Using soft light will prevent color changes to some extent and, due to the subtlety of soft light, you can only go that far no matter how much white you paint. A good way to dodge is to paint white straight on a new layer set to normal. That is one of the best ways to create skin shine. Soft brush, 100%opacity, 1% flow, pressure sensitivity.
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Old 02-08-2010, 09:42 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

flexmanta
"Inverted high pass can be used for evening out steep color and light differences. It should be applied selectively and if you obtained the high pass through the apply image procedure, it should be used with the linear light blending mode at 100% if you offset accordingly."

could you expand on this a little or point me in a direction, this sounds like an interestig technique. thanks

dan
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Old 02-16-2010, 01:37 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

Flexmanta, I ditto Danny_kino... I'd love more info if you're able to provide, please!
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Old 02-16-2010, 02:43 AM
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Re: How to achieve this effect?

I'd say - good photographer, perfect lighting technician, magic make up and then some handy hands in Lightroom. Photoshop is not a must, remember.
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