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Old 04-09-2010, 08:53 PM
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Re: How to get this skin tone

Amanda, thats really great work! Could you please tell us more about your workflow?
Whats frequency separation for skin retouching?
By luminosity you mean luminosity mode or luminosity mask? Thanks...
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:27 PM
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Re: How to get this skin tone

Sheesh, I feel so left out now...... How can I learn anything and improve if great techniques, work flows and methodology are hidden in PMs
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Old 04-09-2010, 11:39 PM
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Sheesh, I feel so left out now...... How can I learn anything and improve if great techniques, work flows and methodology are hidden in PMs
Aw- Meant no disrespect. More than happy to share, just wasn't sure if anyone else would be interested.

I am working on a methodical answer for santoro80.

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Old 04-10-2010, 09:35 PM
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Amanda, thats really great work! Could you please tell us more about your workflow?
Whats frequency separation for skin retouching?
By luminosity you mean luminosity mode or luminosity mask? Thanks...
Thanks!!!!
So I am going to try best as possible to break down my work flow for you. I actually merged all the major pixel layers, otherwise I would take screen shots of those fore you.. I didn't expect anyone to inquire about such.

1- I applied a spatial frequency separation (I am researching it still, and waiting for some email replies, its a topic I am extremely interested in too, I'll keep you posted).

2- I simply used the clone and healing brushes to get out major blemishes and imperfections on the face on the High Frequency layer.

3- Created a 50% soft light layer btwn the Low and High layers, and painted on the gray layer to smooth out blotchy-ness. ( I use color to paint, not black and white).

3a- I duplicated the High Frequency layer and brought down the opacity (on the low end I believe) Adjusted it to taste-

{Keep in mind the whole time I was using those website CS provided for us as a reference point. I was constantly comparing as to try to match the photo for a similar effect}

3b- Oh I also used apply image on the eyes, overlay mode i think, and then curve on luminosity.

4- When satisfied with the result, I then merged the layers.

5- I masked the shirt, jacket, and background together, used vibrance/sat adj. layer and desat. all of it. Added contrast to taste. and that took care of that.

6- Then I masked the face and hair, I used two curves set to luminosity mode, one darkening and one lightening. (HLs and SHads). I fill the masks with black and then I paint back in what I want. This is how I create all the depth and mood.

7- addressing the color: hue/sat- desaturated- not all the way. still with a hint of color. I originally tried using a gradient fill on color and hue, but it looked artificial so I tried straight selective color on absolute, in the red channel, adding in some red, magenta, and yellow. a touch of blue in the neutral channel.

8- then readjusted the hair and skin separately and added back some vibrance and a contrast move with curves set to luminosity.

9- then small tweaks to the neck, eyes, lips, and eyebrow.
the neck needed more weight and color. the eyes-contrast, eyebrow-weight, and lips-contrast.

and Ta-Dah!

Oh and I mean Luminosity blending mode. I use this mode a lot when using curves.

Hope this helps.

Salut,
Amanda
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Old 04-10-2010, 10:45 PM
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Re: How to get this skin tone

Very comprehensive and helpful.. Thanks Amanda!
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Old 04-10-2010, 11:13 PM
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Very comprehensive and helpful.. Thanks Amanda!
Your welcome. My pleasure.
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Old 04-11-2010, 07:57 AM
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Re: How to get this skin tone

Thanks Amanda. I have to look at this spatial frequency separation I think I'm slowly starting to understand it. Do you use one of those Photons 2 Pixels actions?
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Old 04-11-2010, 09:29 AM
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Re: How to get this skin tone

here is my edit, not quite the look of the photos in the first post, but i think it works quite well with the image

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4033/...f8877cc8_o.jpg

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Old 04-11-2010, 11:20 AM
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here's my retouch....i did it very fast so the detail isn't so good....but work well i think
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Old 04-12-2010, 08:54 AM
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Re: How to get this skin tone

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Thanks Amanda. I have to look at this spatial frequency separation I think I'm slowly starting to understand it. Do you use one of those Photons 2 Pixels actions?
Your welcome Santoro-
S.F.S.- I am still doing research on it because I want to comprehend it better, but I am glad to hear that you are starting to understand it.

As far as Photons 2 Pixel Action, I Googled it, I couldn't find much. But to answer your question, no, I do not use it. Nor have I heard of such. What is it? I don't use actions of any kind ever. That's just me though. Maybe as time goes on I will find them useful. Enlighten me for a change though, please.


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