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Old 08-04-2010, 05:39 PM
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D & B , no more blur

I am getting into syndication work now as a photographer and a few comments about my retouching from industry pros has led me to look and start afresh at it. I know blurring is bad practice, although it was quick
So, i am starting on portraits using d & b and boy doesnt it take forever! Can anyone give any tips please?
Generally i start an image with the healing brush then i would blur it. Now I am going to replace the blur of course so does d & b purely only work on the shadows and highlights really and the rest of the image stays untouched?
Sorry for the long post, just apprecaite any guidance, thanks
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Old 08-04-2010, 05:56 PM
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Re: D & B , no more blur

funktheory, Welcome back to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, offer help, take part in some of the discussions, challenges, etc. have fun!

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i am starting on portraits using d & b and boy doesnt it take forever! Can anyone give any tips please?
Have patience

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so does d & b purely only work on the shadows and highlights really and the rest of the image stays untouched?
Yes
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:02 PM
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funktheory, Welcome back to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends. Poke around, ask questions, offer help, take part in some of the discussions, challenges, etc. have fun!

Have patience

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Aha I thought that would be the answer patience it is. I guess, its because I have just started this technique and rome wasnt built in a day. I was just curious how you bring back the pores in parts of the image that is too bright? using dodge, will it just make it darker or bring back the pores and dark?
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Old 08-04-2010, 06:50 PM
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Re: D & B , no more blur

Try not to lose texture in the first place ;-).
If you shoot RAW, the recovery in ACR might help you get those pores back, otherwise you'll have to darken and use some form of high pass to copy existing pores over the blown out areas.
Talking about high pass, this one might help you do the retouching a little faster (if you don't overdo it): http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=439098

Dodging and burning is really a thing were patience is most important.
To further help you relax your eyes a little, you could use some temporary adjustment layers to desaturate and add contrast, so you'll see the flaws more easily.

Oh and there is no need to zoom in like 500%. Often times, 200% is more than enough and most of the micro level d&b can be done at 100%. (Whereas macro level d&b can be like 50% or 25%. Maybe less.)
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Thank you very much, that really helps
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