Registered: October 2007 Location: Michigan Posts: 1
Fri October 12, 2007 11:04pm
Care to share your secret for the portrait retouch?
Lenny Junior Member
Registered: October 2007 Location: London Posts: 15
Mon October 15, 2007 5:40am
well, I don't use the duplicate layer and blur method.
First, I clean the face with the heal or clone tool over spots and blemishes and reduce the wrinkles down (if and more mature person has a lot of wrinkles don't get rid of them all as it looks weird and doesn't look like them anymore!! also use the clone tool to lighten the remaining wrinkles (when printing an image, say in a newspaper the printing process darkens line etc) and once I'm happy with it take a snapshot (obviously save it too but I tend not to practice what I preach!) I then use the clone tool set to about 15 opacity and do small strokes over the skin in the direction of the skin (if that makes sense.. ie when doing the nose follow the line of the nose - that sort of thing).. it will go rather soft but once happy with the effect goto the history tool and bring back some of the shadows and lines - this will bring back some texture of the skin/pores etc. This applies to the body too.
also clean teeth, lighten eyes (whiten them slightly) and add some saturation to the colour of the pupil... and lips.
if you can't get the skin texture back and you don't have a great clear photo to start with you can occassionaly get away with using the noise filter (tick Gaussain, Monochrome) and set it to 2 or 3 - then add a very slight blur to soften (1 or 2) - this is good technique to add 'grain' to backgrounds etc
I used a bit of the liquify filter for the nose bump... I think that's it... I don't usually describe my actions! :-)
This image is not a great retouch job but it's ok for a rather poor quality photo to start with. It's been awhile since doing this sort of work so I need the practice.
Hope that makes sense - I work as a retoucher but low level and I've never had any training so I do ok... Hope to go to Uni soon as a mature student.
ClickNSee Junior Member
Registered: January 2006 Posts: 1
Wed March 18, 2009 9:38am
Very nicely done!
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