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Old 09-30-2012, 10:25 AM
Noci Noci is offline
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need your help - skin retouching

hi everybody,

i´m a non professional photographer and retoucher from germany. sorry, i´m not a native speaker but i hope you will understand me ;-). at the moment i´m working on skin retouching and i´ve a big problem. as you can see on my image the skin looks blootchy - e. g in the marked areas. i´ve tried to resolve this issue with d&b but i didn´t reach a perfect result. do you have any tips for me to resolve this problem?

hope you can help!

Cheers, Nico

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Old 09-30-2012, 04:56 PM
Brandon McCann Brandon McCann is offline
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Re: need your help - skin retouching

Maybe an inverted high pass layer? Or work with DB at a very close level.
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Old 09-30-2012, 07:13 PM
grossmisconduct grossmisconduct is offline
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Re: need your help - skin retouching

Hi! It seems like you have clone/stamped with a very soft cloning or healing tool, or you have actually D&B on a normal blend layer. Either way the texture is gone in the areas you are talking of. I am no pro so others may have even bether solutions, but personally I would have fixed this with split frequency in some way.
You have obviously worked on the areas suggesting that they were not "pretty" in the original.
So depending on the original I would either:
A 1. make a split frequency from the original then
2. copy the HIGH layer and put it on top
3. Mask this with a black mask and selectivly paint back with white brush.
4. Adjust opacity

B 1. make a split frequency from where you are (if the original texture was
2. clone stamp (85-100 hard) on HIGH layer from nearby texture (but try to
avoid repetetive patterns

On Camera left of the mouth you have a lot of the same thing going on, but here you have also changed the underlying tone. Here you could either use the original LOW layer, or put a normal or color blend layer between HIGH and LOW, sample nearby good color and paint away.

Search here on the forum or google "split frequency action" and you should have no trouble finding one. Just make sure its not too old or it will be using the less accurate Highpass filter rather than aply image for the high layer.

Hope this helps
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Old 10-02-2012, 03:02 AM
Noci Noci is offline
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Re: need your help - skin retouching

hi grossmiscounduct, thanks for your excellent hint! FS is teh solution
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