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have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

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Old 02-16-2012, 01:50 AM
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have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

Hi everyone,

Looking at the work of this retoucher I can't stop thinking of some sort of skin smooth plug-in or simply IHP being used to get that smooth skin. It also looks uniform in some of the photos. I asked retoucher if any was used? He said no he also added they being badly skanned. I don't want to question a gentelman over this matter but rather I will question my eyes. What do you think? http://thechristiansaint.tumblr.com/
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Old 02-16-2012, 03:40 PM
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

Honestly I am surprised no one responded. I will bump it up a bit
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

Hi Nebula, hard to tell, on some definitely not (skin is too blotchy) others do have a sort of painterly look overall
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Old 02-17-2012, 02:27 AM
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

Hi Amica999,
that is exactly what I see that painterly look. What do you think about series with cyan background?
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Old 02-17-2012, 07:23 AM
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

There is something going on on them....I see some sort of color banding (sort of reddish/magenta) and some noise seem to be added. Can't tell exactly with these small pics, but could be some IHP, or any other blurring trick ;-)
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:00 AM
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

The first one from cyan background series if you look down bottom of the body to my eyes it is most pronounced uniform skin. Aren't those magenta/reddish blotches on the body simply skipped colour correction?!
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:03 AM
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Dp............

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Old 02-18-2012, 09:24 AM
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

I reckon any blemishes were taken out manually, the skin was smoothened with surface blur on split frequencies.
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Old 02-18-2012, 09:39 AM
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

Oneshot
You can find quiet bad blemishes there that have been left though.
Do yoy think it ia rather blur on SF than unproportianal IHP?
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Old 02-18-2012, 11:08 AM
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Re: have retoucher used any skin smooth plug-in??

SF and IHP are sort of hard to tell apart, for me anyway, both work on similar principles. I use surface blur, because I can set a cap of how far I want stuff smoothened out, which prevents me from going too far. Inverted High-Pass is a technique I don't personally use. I find it hard to balance.

Those images are not exactly high resolution, so it's hard to tell the details. The skin colour doesn't look that consistent, so they didn't gradient map. Noise/grain was added for texture. Also bear in mind that the model is Asian. Asian skin is generally quite good to start with and usually requires much less work than Caucasian skin.


EDIT: I'm talking about surface blur on split frequencies, not surface blur with one layer beneath it.
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