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Old 07-13-2013, 02:05 AM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

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Any retoucher who uses Brightness/Contrast really doesn't understand what they're doing and they're just lazy. I think i'll do a tutorial on the difference. Brightness and Contrast as a dodge and burn tool is nonsense ...
C
He's not using Brightness/Contrast for his dodging/burning - he's using a 50% gray layer with softlight blending for his dodge & burn. He clips his gray layer to an adjustment layer with luminosity blending mode. This way his dodging and burning only effects luminosity and not colour of layers below. That Brightness/Contrast layer could have been any adjustment layer - it doesn't matter, he only wanted to use it for it's luminosity blending.
Make sense?

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Old 07-13-2013, 05:48 AM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

Here he is using D&B with frequency separation (he is dodging and burning on high layer):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0byiIcTJ0

BTW, D&B with curves doesnt shift saturation at all?
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Old 07-13-2013, 02:50 PM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

Well, guys, I can't resist ….

As a photographer and retoucher with 20+ years of experience (yes, I was retouching my darkroom prints by myself) and with all the respect to Jonas's work I can't agree with your fight (and please forgive me my bad English) against Conrad. Yo should make your decision. Do yo wish to learn how to retouch for Fine Art photographers or for Fashion and commercial photographers?

It is easy. Just check out Conrad's portfolio again and try to understand what he is offering to you opposite to free tutorials on the web …

Regards, Filip

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Old 07-13-2013, 03:28 PM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

Please, does anybody know how to get that Vogue look?
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Old 07-13-2013, 05:28 PM
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Please, does anybody know how to get that Vogue look?
What do you mean? Those images are from pros and for the most part are come with great models, lights and color. The retoucher enhances the pic. It's not what you think at least that has been my experience. I will give you a breakdown of the layer stack starting from the bottom.

original artwork
retouched artwork
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curve move for contrast and look
hue sat layer to go with prior move

Then folder of silos (everything has a silo with moves contained therein):
foreground folder, a silo of person etc (this folder includes more folders with skin, jewelry, clothes, etc)
background folder, the inverse of the foreground silo.

grain layer depending on the image usually a fine grain but it depends it's not one size fits all.

* Final thing is to sharpen the image (and it's subtle) right between the retouched artwork and initial curve move.

Not all places do it like this I have seen/worked with simpler file structures but I never worked on the really nice A-list editorial/beauty/advertising images at those places. Lots and lots of curves mostly for color and/or density moves.

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Old 07-13-2013, 09:38 PM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

My apologies Robert, it was meant as a sarcasm.

Many people here asking this question very often and I would say that Conrad is that person who is able to give them the right answer.

Just check his portfolio out.

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Old 07-14-2013, 05:47 AM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

Hey Conrad,

I have a question about your skin retouching tutorial which leads on from one of my earlier questions. Does it cover problematic areas of skin/body hair? I've uploaded an example image which has hair around the neck and twisting skin.

Many tutorials rarely have these problematic areas (or what I would consider problematic). These are areas I can never quite manage to make look that great.

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Old 07-14-2013, 12:05 PM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

My skin tutorial has a bit on the hair around the neck, but not the twist as she's looking forward. I have dealt with that issue on MANY occasions... Maybe I should put something together. My skin tutorial continues to grow- just added 2 more videos to it. I'll see what I can do.

My tutorial covers a start to finish retouch on an "average" skin or level 1 model. I have another one coming up on a level 3 skin - which will amaze you.

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And Filip... thanks for the kind words my friend
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Old 07-14-2013, 01:41 PM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

Thanks Conrad.

Let us know when it's up. I'm already excited. :-)
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Old 07-16-2013, 06:36 AM
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Re: Real World Studio Retouching Experience...

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Here he is using D&B with frequency separation (he is dodging and burning on high layer):
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RM0byiIcTJ0

BTW, D&B with curves doesnt shift saturation at all?
Hey, can somebody help me with something here? I was watching this video, and, at times the retoucher rotates the canvas somehow with, I assume, a quick keyboard combo. Notice the compass/north/south icon that appears at the same time. How is that done? Is this a plug in?
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