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marameo 01-20-2018 04:16 AM

Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
I recently run across a youtube timelapse where the retoucher is using a technique on the skin (after cloning and all) that I don't fully grasp:

Stamp visible. Duplicate, invert and opacity at 50%; this makes 50% gray on monitor. Surface blur - radius 2 , threshold 35 - which has "high pass" kind of look. Desaturate and opacity at 100% overlay blending. Merge down (?) - I am assuming this previsous step as the duplicate layer disappears and can't discern how much the look changed on the image. This procedure is repeated 2 more times.

Finally, a different version occours; after Surface blur the retoucher stamps visible and put the layer in linear light with a mask to generate a regular "high pass" layer for sharpening.

I am still in two minds if the inverted overlay blurred blending is used to change global/local contrast on the skin.

Thanks

Sabrina81 01-20-2018 12:54 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
Could you please share a link to the Youtube video?

marameo 01-20-2018 01:45 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
https://youtu.be/DOUh2KJ1ruU?t=2m34s

Sabrina81 01-20-2018 02:12 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by marameo (Post 334139)

Thanks. Videos that run that fast are ridiculous. I never could learn from them and no longer waste time trying to.

marameo 01-20-2018 02:26 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
You can have youtube play at x0.25 speed under the settings.

skoobey 01-20-2018 07:07 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
Stop obsessing with minor things. Work on the basics. Shape, texture, color. He is using an inverted surface blur to sharpen.

marameo 01-21-2018 08:45 AM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
I thought it was a play on contrast to give shape. I am seeing a lot of that edgy look (sometimes with notable halos):

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Gary 01-28-2018 12:04 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
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[QUOTE=marameo;334136]I recently run across a youtube timelapse where the retoucher is using a technique on the skin (after cloning and all) that I don't fully grasp:

Stamp visible. Duplicate, invert and opacity at 50%; this makes 50% gray on monitor. Surface blur - radius 2 , threshold 35 - which has "high pass" kind of look. Desaturate and opacity at 100% overlay blending. Merge down (?) - I am assuming this previsous step as the duplicate layer disappears and can't discern how much the look changed on the image. This procedure is repeated 2 more times.

Finally, a different version occours; after Surface blur the retoucher stamps visible and put the layer in linear light with a mask to generate a regular "high pass" layer for sharpening.

I am still in two minds if the inverted overlay blurred blending is used to change global/local contrast on the skin.


I'm not certain where the confusion is. The colour/contrast is effected.
Using your instructions plus a duplicate over-top in Soft Light mode (blended with a mask to suit my tastes) then selective sharpening in Darken Mode, I got this:

marameo 01-28-2018 04:08 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
Yes, it is a local contrast enhancement move. Not sure how much the surface blur contribute to it anyway.

Sabrina81 01-28-2018 05:41 PM

Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by marameo (Post 334189)
Yes, it is a local contrast enhancement move. Not sure how much the surface blur contribute to it anyway.

You don't need all that rigmarole from the video. Several of the Topaz plug-ins will produce the effect very quickly.


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