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How to approach this skin texture?
I'm working on the attached picture. The pores are very noticeable and I've been asked to soften them.
I've gone as far as I could, but I don't know how to proceed now.
Attached are original photo, my retouching and a sample given to me.
What I try to get is a middle point between what I did and the sample given.
What I've done so far:
-conversion from RAW to remove contrast
-frequency separation - healing in the top layer
-inverted high pass, different radius in different parts of the image
-a lot of d&b
-dust and scratches to remove the most shiny spots
-some curves to get contrast back
I've tried other things like a blurred layer on top and play with blending options, another frequency separation and masking the top layer... but I don't find the point where it is soft and still realistic.
I've been looking around the site but haven't found something helpful yet.
I'll appreciate any guidance.
Re: How to approach this skin texture?
You're just making that way too complicated. It's not necessary to remove much in the way of contrast from that image. It just needs a lighter touch. The deeper tones in the sample may have used a combination of burn/dodge work and a bit of levels.
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