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What techniques do you use to add skin texture?

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Old 08-16-2011, 10:20 PM
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What techniques do you use to add skin texture?

I keep running into some of my photos that are slightly out of focus and skin texture is almost gone. Whats the best way to add texture? Here's the full photo.
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Old 08-16-2011, 10:30 PM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

I use high pass in this kind of situation.
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Old 08-17-2011, 03:15 AM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

Do you crank it up on skin like this? Or keep it low?
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Old 08-17-2011, 08:36 AM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

I'd say get the right focus out of the lens first, retouching is just a medium, if the input is bad there's not much a retoucher can do.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:08 AM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

As Dropt remarked, work on getting your subject matter clearly in focus; the shot is well-lit, composed, etc.

What you do in post will be much better for having a good starting image. But if the image captured was less than ideal (blurred/out of focus, in this case) then it becomes very challenging to correct it without the image become plastic-like, or otherwise unrealistically textured.
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Old 08-17-2011, 09:18 AM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

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Do you crank it up on skin like this? Or keep it low?
I think he means you could use the high pass filter to steal texture/extract detail from a sharper frame. Really you'd be looking at a lot of warping and building in tiny parts at a time to get it right. You'd also have to make sure it's not clashing with any bits of texture the image still has. Using it on a blurry frame isn't going to give you more detail.
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Old 08-17-2011, 04:37 PM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

Thanks for the tips everyone. I might be having a focus issue with my 7D. The focus point can be right of the face and still look this blurry.
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Old 09-23-2011, 08:36 PM
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Thanks for the tips everyone. I might be having a focus issue with my 7D. The focus point can be right of the face and still look this blurry.
If you're focusing and recomposing, that's likely the issue. There's also a chance that your glass needs a pretty big AF adjustment. You might consider renting a calibration target.
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Old 09-25-2011, 01:07 PM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

you could add noise to the red channel.
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Old 09-25-2011, 03:13 PM
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Re: What techniques do you use to add skin texture

I wouldn't suggest manipulating in extra skin texture here. I think you will get sufficient texture by adding some sharpening. Remember, this is not a close-up portrait, you will not really see all the small pores anyway - they are like a pixel big...

(See attachement. I went a bit heavy perhaps, but it shows what I mean).

If you have a problem with the entire picture being blurry and without fine detail, you might as a last resort add some fine noise to the image to make it appear slightly sharper. Do this after sharpening and everything else. Suggestion: gray layer, add noise... (some low setting), overlay blend mode or similar. Possibly with a mask.
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