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Old 03-03-2011, 04:01 PM
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Facial hair elimination: questions

Hi!

I'm working on a picture that CMS uploaded. By the way, Thanks, CMS! Your pictures are great to practice retouching!

I've read some threads about removing facial hair and I decided for cloning and healing. I tried other ways they sugested but it didn't convince me.

I attached a sample. In that portion of the image, I spent about an hour.
I couldn't remove all the hairs in that time...

How much time should I spend on it? Is it too much or too few?
Should I do some other thing before or after starting to remove that kind of thing?

Is there any other thing I can do to complement the cloning and healing working?


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Old 03-04-2011, 11:03 AM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

Bump. I've been watching and hoping someone would respond to your post. How much hair should be removed and what's the best technique(s) to get it done.
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Old 03-05-2011, 03:02 AM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

You could use this method here: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?th...=1#post9585669
Now on the high pass layer clone/heal in darken mode and you should be done pretty fast.

Personally I don't try to remove anything, but just make it look uniform and natural.
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Old 03-05-2011, 08:21 AM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

There are loads of ways some more time consuming than others, it kinda depends on how far you want to go or how much time you want to invest. A quick way to lessen the work is to use dust and scratches filter to lessen some of the more obvious ills, then anything from D&B to a brush set to darken/lighten.

As Jonas suggests though, I prefer to leave the hair, but make it uniform. Rule of thumb is, as long as the hair is not distracting leave it.
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Old 03-05-2011, 01:34 PM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

Here is a 10 minute job...could be better.. I just duplicated a layer ...set to darken... off set it with the move tool a few pixels in both directions until I got most of the fine hair to disappear.

I then applied a mask and hid all.

I do use a pen so painting on the mask to remove the hairs went fast.

There will always be a little clone or healing work where hairs were too close.

Butch

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Old 03-05-2011, 04:33 PM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

If it looks right, then it didn't take too long.

I think you're on the right path. When you're cloning, it doesn't have to be follow a perfect gradient, you can fix that with dodge and burn later. Just be sure you're not losing texture or making soft spots among sharper areas. I would clone at 100%, and do any final blending with dodge and burn.
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Old 03-07-2011, 06:21 PM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

Hello. THank you all for your replies. I apreciate it so much.

I thought, in high end retouching, facial hair in a woman was forbidden!

I'm glad to see there's no need to remove every hair just because.
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Old 03-08-2011, 08:15 AM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

High end retouching tends to lean more and more to the more natural look.
Not all the facial hairs need to be removed, moles and freckles might be kept as well (as long as they're not distracting and the client isn't going for the super clean look).

You can e.g. see it here: http://www.nataliataffarel.com/Sugar.html
Neither moles nor freckles were removed.

Or here: http://www.nataliataffarel.com/Catherine.html
The hair was unified, not removed.
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Old 03-09-2011, 11:26 PM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

Watch this video for facial hair lightening/removal:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GVb5u...&tracker=False
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Old 03-10-2011, 12:56 PM
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Re: Facial hair elimination: questions

Assuming you work with a tablet, and you're going for a truly high-end result, you just need to get in and do it the old fashioned way with tiny brush strokes on a masked curves adjustment layer.
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