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  • #16
    Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

    This is just a quick attempt of how I 'd start, turning a face into plastic.


    All I did here was surface blur on the face, and painting in the highlights. Highlights still should be refined, but that s one possibility of achieving it.

    At the end I started to make the face white, but I stopped, because I got that pageant look.
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    • #17
      Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

      What I'm after is clean glossy white plastic. The style you can see in Björk's music video "All is Full of Love".

      I've attached 3 sample pictures from that video and I've also put a link to the original baby picture image. It's a stock image from www.sxc.hu but it's a good face I believe to experiment with.

      Something to play with.
      http://www.mymessedupmind.com/images/babyface.jpg
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      • #18
        Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

        What you need for the Bjork video look is too add a reflection to simulate a high gloss reflective surface. Kinda like recreating chrome, chrome is simulated by using an image to represent the reflective nature of the surface.

        Here's a cool tutorial for Chrome (I know it's not what you're after, but it may help with the reflection aspect)

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        • #19
          Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

          Good tutorial! Obviously chroming something like a cherry, that is almost round, is easier than chroming a face but I'm sure that's the way to go actually. Looking at the screen shoot from the video with Björk lying down you see a reflection from a machine on the top of her head and really that's the key I guess. Finding a proper image to use for reflection and then try to bend it around the face somehow. I'm sure some good old displace map work will give me something nearby. I'll get on this

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          • #20
            Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

            Originally posted by lnetzel View Post
            What I'm after is clean glossy white plastic. The style you can see in Björk's music video "All is Full of Love".

            I've attached 3 sample pictures from that video and I've also put a link to the original baby picture image. It's a stock image from www.sxc.hu but it's a good face I believe to experiment with.

            Something to play with.
            http://www.mymessedupmind.com/images/babyface.jpg
            I started working on these right before this post, so what I did here was based from your original post. The robot in Bjork's video uses Subsurface Scattering: it's a very advanced shader that's able to retain light under its surface similar to the surface of our skin. You know what I mean if you try to place your fingers over a flashlight inside a darkroom. You'll need some very high-end render engine to achieve that effect. I doubt that you'll be able to recreate that effect in Photoshop, but I'm not saying it's impossible. If I had to do it, I'd go for the 3D route before I'd attempt to do it in 2D. The Stormtrooper on the other hand, to me, has a more matte finish than Bjork's robot. So, I aimed at something in between.
            The left one is from Mark's post (Mark, I hope you don't mind I played with it). I first brought out the red channel via channel mixer, then I applied surface blur, plastic wrap filter, and refined it with a mask. The right one is just a 3D render that I made in Maya.
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            • #21
              Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

              I thought this could be a fun challange, so i gave it a try.
              A high glossy material get its look from the environment, so i dont think it is possible to make it perfect by Photoshop only. Maybe its enough to render out some surfaces from a 3d application, to use as material.

              As a side note, i found the Björk reference to be a more matt material then i first thought it would be.

              Well, here is my try...
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              Last edited by mquest; 12-14-2007, 08:01 AM.

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              • #22
                Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                hey... that's not bad at all mquest. What's your recipie for the highlights?

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                • #23
                  Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                  Originally posted by lnetzel View Post
                  hey... that's not bad at all mquest. What's your recipie for the highlights?
                  Thanks.
                  Some of the highlights are created from the ones in his face already, then i borrowed some from another picture as i wanted more.

                  The ones i created was something like...
                  - make a copy of the channel with most contrast
                  - increase the contrast in that channel to separate the highlights
                  - blur it to remove noice and to smoothen
                  - increase the contrast ones again to sharpen the edges of the mask
                  - fill the mask with white color on a new layer
                  - adjust the size on the highlight using the filters maximum and minimum

                  Depending on how much you pull the contrast and blur etc. you will fake different kinds of glossyness.

                  Hope it helps!

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                  • #24
                    Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                    Thought I would give this a try..

                    Thanks to Peter S for the help!

                    ~~~Work Flow~~~

                    Background copy
                    uncheck eyeball on background
                    Filter>Noise>Median 13
                    Hue/Saturation layer>Saturation -100
                    Brightness/Contrast layer>brightness +59, Contrast+45
                    Select>all
                    Edit>Copy Merged
                    Edit>Paste
                    Move this new layer down and on top of the background layer
                    check the eyeball on the background layer
                    Add layer mask on the new layer
                    Paint with black to reveal colors, paint with white to clean up edges and visa-versa
                    copy background
                    select both eyes
                    Hue/Saturation layer>Check colorize> Hue 196, Saturation 44
                    Save for Web
                    Post
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                    • #25
                      Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                      Well I'm not sure if this is what your after. I used cainam's original image (hope you don't mind).

                      It's a combination of noise reduction quite heavy, sharpening quite lightly and masking out everything but the skin, and then Hue and Sat plus levels ALs with Blend mode changed to Linear dodge on the H&S and the opacity lowered.
                      This was done quite quickly so the masking here is very rough and could have been better.

                      The blur brush was also used, set to 100% and with a hard edge to enable blurring right up to edges with out blurring them. Sharpening was kept to a minimum because if it generated halos they would have to be removed.

                      Hope this helps, if not it was fun trying.

                      Peter
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                      • #26
                        Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                        mquest and granny should work together
                        that's what i pinned down by JUST merging your two images





                        Photoshop: mquest could you please go into detail, how you made it? i mean you even thought of reflections
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                        • #27
                          Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                          I tried this with some success (no image to display though since i tried it on a pornopic)

                          1.copy face to new layer (I used quickmask)
                          2.use screen or lighten as blending mode to set the high key
                          3. use face copy to create displacement map
                          4. filter/distort/displace a suitable reflection - set to overlay and very low opacity (a matter of taste how vivid you want the reflection)
                          5. Create new layer at 50% grey as a D&B layer and create you highlights (size and intensity is up to you depending on what kind of plastic you want)
                          6. tweak settings of above layers 'til you find what you like, I added an 8% blue tint layer set to overlay just for the tint and a 16% multiply of carbonfibre texture just for fun.

                          Please give feedback if it worked for you

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                          • #28
                            Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                            Hi I made this one one year ago, not really plastic but cool, If you like it I'll tell how it's done.
                            http://www.flickr.com/photos/isedo/2...7606667822045/

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                            • #29
                              Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                              all i did was use a median filter then a dust and scratches filter
                              and masked that onto the skin
                              then i sort of dodged and burned
                              but i used a slightly feathery brush
                              and
                              the blending mode was changed to vivid light

                              i think it looks quite plastic.

                              not sure if this is quite what you were after though,
                              mine looks slightly matte
                              not really highly reflective...
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                              • #30
                                Re: Turn skin into white plastic?

                                Originally posted by DXM View Post
                                (no image to display though since i tried it on a pornopic)
                                Hahaha... pervert j/k

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