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Old 07-01-2012, 08:13 AM
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Hi all! I hame a little problem with one photo

http://s017.radikal.ru/i414/1207/38/d1ec1cc2e09f.jpg


I can dodge and burn it, but it will take so much time to make cool result.
but i want to make it more faster, and i don't want do it bad

maybe it can be little smooth then make noise + dodge and burn

Maybe you have an answer?)

help!)
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Old 07-01-2012, 08:50 AM
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Re: Bad Skin

If the final output is for web, or you're not totally neurotic about it being perfect, you could fix that with the healing brush in about 10 minutes - 99% of people would never notice.
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Old 07-01-2012, 03:52 PM
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DNB it, it'll take much less time than you think and you'll save yourself from all the frustration of trying other methods that won't work.
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Old 07-02-2012, 08:03 AM
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Re: Bad Skin

I would use a bit of healing brush and try a IHP layer masked to get rid of the gunge if done well hardly noticeable.
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Old 07-02-2012, 09:41 PM
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Re: Bad Skin

I'd probably turn off sharpening, rebuild the blemishes, and d/b the rest of it at 100%. This is very basic work. You should put some mild thought into this. If you don't like the texture of an area at all (say you dislike the circular bumps) rebuild it. If you burn/dodge it until it goes away, it will look like nothing. If it's an issue of toning down, d/b works. I could do such an area within a few minutes. Once you start getting rid of the big stuff, the other stuff will no longer look like such a daunting issue.

I really mean a "few minutes". You should be able to visualize how it should look so you only change what is necessary.
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Old 07-02-2012, 10:16 PM
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Re: Bad Skin

Despite the oppressive influence of the blemishes, the frequency of the actual skin texture can be discerned in between them, and that has to be the foundation for any repair work. If you simply dodge and burn, you'll trade a pattern of bumps for a pattern of flat spots. No one technique will get the job done. D&B to even out the tones, but healing / cloning is essential, as well as some judicious sharpening. This took about twenty minutes.
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Old 07-03-2012, 12:17 AM
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Re: Bad Skin

This took much less than 20 minutes even though I went in and refined it a little. I dislike when the highlights get that crunch to them. It means that some of them have to be removed to keep it from feeling rough in those areas. That's what I meant regarding sharpening. I try to keep more of those kinds of things within the scope of what I can feasibly preserve.

You're getting this response basically because I like Edgework's work quite a bit, but I don't agree with him on this one. This is kind of intended as a rough reference. I couldn't do exactly what I wanted, so I lost some amount of interest, but it gives you an idea of how I look at things.
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Old 07-03-2012, 07:55 AM
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Re: Bad Skin

I think everyone could agree that the original image was aclear example of "bad skin." What it takes to make it good is mostly dependent on what the client wants. Creative direction is everything in this work, and, unfortunately, it usually moves in reverse: they don't know what they want, but they'll know what they don't want, after they see it. Eventually the options get whittled away until what's left is the desired goal.

Kav's result is certainly valid, for certain applications. My sample was more in the way of showing what could be done: whether it should be done is a whole different question, one that I wait for the client to answer.
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Old 07-03-2012, 08:25 AM
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Re: Bad Skin

Ey! A fun 20 min challenge! I'll give it a go!
Like others have said, the healing/cloning/DB way would be the easier route to take. And probably the quickest.
It's nowhere near what I'd call "bad skin".
Don't overcomplicate it; though when cloning or healing areas around the eyes, one should be mindful to follow the patterns of the skin quite carefully.
And unlike kav, I do DB at much smaller magnifications rather than 100%.

I didn't apply any sharpening, as I always have sharpening as final step before output if needed.

That's my quick 20 min try and what the layers looked like. not perfect... but it was 20 minutes

Cheers!
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Old 07-03-2012, 10:20 AM
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Re: Bad Skin

lol i know some people that would kill to have that bad skin - just saying lol
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