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Old 01-20-2018, 03:16 AM
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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.

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Old 01-20-2018, 11:54 AM
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Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

Could you please share a link to the Youtube video?
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Old 01-20-2018, 12:45 PM
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Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

https://youtu.be/DOUh2KJ1ruU?t=2m34s
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:12 PM
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Thanks. Videos that run that fast are ridiculous. I never could learn from them and no longer waste time trying to.
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Old 01-20-2018, 01:26 PM
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Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

You can have youtube play at x0.25 speed under the settings.
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Old 01-20-2018, 06:07 PM
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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.
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Old 01-21-2018, 07:45 AM
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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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Old 01-28-2018, 11:04 AM
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Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

[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:
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Old 01-28-2018, 03:08 PM
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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.
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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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