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Vitiligo - Technique to blend or obscure it?

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Old 07-21-2010, 10:43 AM
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Vitiligo - Technique to blend or obscure it?

My partner has the common skin condition vitiligo, which is a patchy loss of skin pigmentation in certain areas. It's most pronounced on her hands. Does anyone have a technique they can suggest to blend or obscure this?

I use Photoshop CS4 and the entire NIK software suite. I have tried combinations of skin smoothing, cloning, and patch tool, but I can't seem to get a realistic result.
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Old 07-21-2010, 12:05 PM
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Re: Vitiligo - Technique to blend or obscure it?

A sample section of the problem area might help... is she dark skinned or light? Do you want to obliterate the problem areas and have even toned skin or just soften the look... Sometimes no matter how perfect the blending ... if it is a lifelong condition, it will just not look right to the subject...
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Re: Vitiligo - Technique to blend or obscure it?

Thanks for the response. This is a permanent condition. She is generally fair skinned but the unaffected skin areas have a seasonal New Mexico tan, accentuating the affected areas. I received some instructions earlier for a dodge/burn technique in Photoshop, but I certainly appreciate all suggestions.


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Old 07-21-2010, 10:29 PM
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Re: Vitiligo - Technique to blend or obscure it?

Just to get a starting point you might try selecting Clone tool.. sampling an area near the dark areas then using the Clone tool in lighten mode to lighten... the opposite if you want to darken the light areas... select Clone tool sample a dark area.. set tool to darken mode...
Then Clone, heal, Dodge& Burn to refine the repairs
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