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Old 12-01-2012, 10:40 AM
murimurano murimurano is offline
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resurfacing with texture in product retouching

i run into a challenge all the time where a product is made of plastic, or a has a rubber handle where the surface is uneven, has imperfections etc.

When it is small, it's no issue to clone it out.

Alot of time there's a larger section that either has a reflection that needs to be removed (like in the attachment), or sometimes it's a larger dirty section that couldn't be cleaned etc.

I use the clone tool and the patch tool when touching up the above but i'm more interested in how i would go about redoing the entire surface, that way i have a smooth even plastic surface.

I would assume that it would be similar to touching up skin where skin is blotchy and pores are of different sizes etc and the desired outcome is an even toned skin with even pores.

So i want to be able to do an even plastic surface, with even texture.

Any suggestions?

In the attachment, the side of the product is relatively even, but as it curves around the front there are reflections that i would want to remove. In that particular image, i would like to redo the entire panel, side and the wrap-around front in the same color/texture rather than trying to clone it/patch it which often times doesn't look perfect.

What would be the best method?

Any help is greatly appreciated.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:23 PM
KTG KTG is offline
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Re: resurfacing with texture in product retouching

I am wondering if you did a split frequency technique; preserving the detail in the lettering and buttons and thenj, sampling the device's color, painting on a clipped layer to the low frequency layer. That, I would think, would smooth out the areas too large to clone or heal. You, of course, to be safe, would have to select the side with the pen tool to create a mask.

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Old 12-01-2012, 12:31 PM
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Re: resurfacing with texture in product retouching

can you elaborate more on the split frequency method? I'm not familiar with it
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Old 12-01-2012, 12:56 PM
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Re: resurfacing with texture in product retouching

I've had good luck using Gradient Maps to deal with problems like this. If you have not used Gradient Maps before, there is a learning curve, but there is a lot of power locked in the "advanced" features.

In your toaster sample, and focusing on the jagged trangle reflection, pick one tone from the darker area on the right side of the triangle, and pick another tone from the left of the triangle.

Add a Gradient Map adjustment layer and set these two tones as the colors for the left and right sliders on the bottom, darker tone on the left, lighter tone on the right. Unlike a normal gradient map that ranges from pure black to pure white, this will create one that ranges softly between two similar tones.

Put the Gradient Map layer in Luminosity mode, add a black mask, then slowly paint the area with a soft white brush at low opacity, maybe around 20%. Shift to a hard black brush if necessary to paint the edges. Using this technique, your mask painting can be farily rough and quick. You can also fade the opacity of the layer or the density of the mask to control the effect.

Probably have to use multiple Gradient Map layers for different areas, but the concept is the same. It creates a "soft" gradient luminosity across an area, controlled by adjacent tones picked from the original image.
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Old 12-02-2012, 04:40 AM
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Re: resurfacing with texture in product retouching

Usually when it's shiny plastic, just blur it and add some noise. Sounds barbaric, but it works, when used sparingly.
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