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Old 09-03-2011, 02:47 PM
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Hot Skin, Not Blown Out

First, I realize there is a thread a few steps down about blown out highlights. This seems to be a common retouching issue. However, I think my question is different, which is why I've started this one.

I'm working on a portrait for a friend and what I'd like to do is de-emphasize the very bright arms in favor of the face. This pic was shot with a BD overhead, and close to the model's face. As you can see the arms/side of right hand are very bright.

HOWEVER, they are not actually blown out. Reducing exposure makes them look muddy. I figured I'd need to use multiple RAW conversions and then combine in PS, though I can't seem to get it to look right. I was also thinking maybe I could somehow use a gradient map based on colors from the existing arm and then darken those values, then apply, though I'm not well-versed in gradient mapping techniques so don't know if that's a great idea...

At any rate, what can I do to make this image about the face, and not the arms (I've uploaded the RAW file linked below in case anyone wants to work it from that level).

Thanks guys as always!

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22910954/highlights.NEF
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:03 PM
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Re: Hot Skin, Not Blown Out

Not sure what you want the image to look like. I just used ACR on the RAW image with a couple graduated filters (one for her left arm and two for her right). With each exposure was reduced and contrast increased. For her I used two graduated filters to focus on just reducing exposure on the arm and not shoulder.

Not sure if this is good for you or just as muddy. Hope this helps.

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Last edited by John Wheeler; 09-03-2011 at 04:21 PM. Reason: Added in third graduated filter to keep right shoulder same while reducing exposure of right arm.
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Old 09-03-2011, 04:24 PM
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Re: Hot Skin, Not Blown Out

Just used Raw.
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Old 09-03-2011, 05:25 PM
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Re: Hot Skin, Not Blown Out

Another possibility:
Dup background > Multiply > Add layer mask inverted
Paint on layer mask with white brush to reveal arms and hands - adjust opacity if required.
New layer set to colour and paint over hot areas and maybe pink skin.
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Old 09-05-2011, 12:20 AM
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Re: Hot Skin, Not Blown Out

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HOWEVER, they are not actually blown out. Reducing exposure makes them look muddy. I figured I'd need to use multiple RAW conversions and then combine in PS, though I can't seem to get it to look right.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/22910954/highlights.NEF
It's not that severe. If you add less contrast in raw you'll have more room to play with it.
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Old 09-17-2011, 01:40 AM
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Re: Hot Skin, Not Blown Out

Have a look at the results of blending the red channel with the invert box checked on a duplicate then apply via a mask in normal mode to her skin where you like and, do the same on another duplicate but apply it in soft light mode to her hair. This is what I did as well as some minor blemish removal and a curves adjustment layer in luminosity mode to add back some contrast.
To accent her face, maybe a darker vignette?

Cheers!
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Old 09-17-2011, 03:59 AM
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Re: Hot Skin, Not Blown Out

Or. Adjustments - Shadows/Highlights - Highlights - Amount. Move the amount slider to taste. Either mask her face with a soft vignette first or convert a dupe layer and use a soft edge airbrush to restore. (erase tool)
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