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Old 09-27-2010, 05:07 PM
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Re: How to retouch like this?

hm... fascinating
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:18 AM
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Re: How to retouch like this?

Just looks like good, solid retouching to me - nothing 'special'. Good use of D&B though.
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Old 09-28-2010, 08:10 AM
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Just looks like good, solid retouching to me - nothing 'special'. Good use of D&B though.
Ain't that answer also valid for ny advertising image?

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Old 09-28-2010, 10:49 AM
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I don't know how in the world someone comes up with this combination of blending modes, inverse, surface blur. it is cool though!

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Old 09-28-2010, 11:11 AM
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I don't know how in the world someone comes up with this combination of blending modes, inverse, surface blur. it is cool though!

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WARNING _ JUST FOR GEEKS

It's not illogic if you think about it. You want detail.

When you invert the image and blend it Vivid Light (strongest contrast basse blending mode) you create an almost pure 50% gray effect (you see everything gray) WHY? because you're blending the image with its opposite = neutral

now... when you blur it you create an inconsistency between the top layer and the bottom one then you start noticing it on the "edges" (you use surface blur instead of GB to keep it in the inside details and not blur tones too much, you can do it with GB too but you'll get halos in the final view) You see this details/edges but you need to stamp it to generate the layer that contains this details (kind of like a manual surface blur based highpass) to then blend it with a softer contrast based bending mode "Softlight" or "overlay" and get those details enhanced.

So... it really makes sense if you think about it.

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Old 09-28-2010, 11:21 AM
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Re: How to retouch like this?

Yup, its all just 24 bits with math operations applied on them. I'm just amazed at the ways people come up with to get effects. and I benefit
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Old 09-28-2010, 01:44 PM
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Re: How to retouch like this?

Warning: For Very Geeky People
Shift, the underlying concept is pretty straight forward and you have seen the formula around used in threads describing High Pass Sharpening, DeGrunge, and Frequency Separation.
High Pass is Opposite of Gaussian Blur; High Pass + Gaussian Blur = Original;
Therefore Original - GB = HP
If you were to create a conventional HP sharpening layer in a similar manner you would invert the bg copy, apply normal GB, [giving you Orig bg, (- GB)], and you change the blend mode to Linear Light at 50% opacity (Add function) you get Orig + (-GB) = Orig - GB = HP.
In Calvins Detail technique, he substitues Surface Blur for GB, he substitutes Vivid Light for Linear Light, and he changes the order or sequence of steps(the order in which you do these first three steps does not matter), resulting in Orig - Surface Blur = Very High Contrast HP equivalent.
Russell Brown added his own twist to the process using Smart Objects and making the effect visible real time as you adjust the intensity - a bit of overkill for real-time work.
Regards, Murray
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Old 09-28-2010, 02:20 PM
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Re: How to retouch like this?

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Ain't that answer also valid for ny advertising image?

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Absolutely! Although i'd say these images pay a little more attention to shadow and highlight than the 'average' advertising image. Although having said that, is anything 'average' these days?
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