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  • Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

    Hey guys, I'm new here.

    Here's a photo by Mert Alas & Marcus Piggott of Kate Moss. How is this colorization of theirs done? The green, blue, aquamarine, red, violet color tones in the shadows, midtones and highlights all throughout the subject?

    I'm sure this involves individually masking areas or selecting a color range of shadows/tones and masking from there, but that's just my guess.

    How could one begin to try and achieve this? Thanks!
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    Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

    It's colour solarization by sharp curve switchbacks, carefully masked.

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    • #3
      Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

      I would say it was done with gels on set and further enhanced in photoshop.

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        Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

        As far as the mood of the image is concerned, there are definite references to the Christian stained/painted glass tradition, where the main figure is done in almost transparent glass, picked out with close-to-black contours (oxide painting and lead-lines) and surrounded by blocks of pure saturated reds and blues.

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          Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

          http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/pho...tml#post314321

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          • #6
            Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

            Kate's showing her age in that pic.

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            • #7
              Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

              Originally posted by Benny Profane View Post
              Kate's showing her age in that pic.
              You mean Mert & Marcus are showing here age in that pic?

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              • #8
                Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

                Not exactly a flattering lighting treatment. But, as my mother used to say, she's no spring chicken anymore.

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                • #9
                  Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

                  My God that is one crazy image. That warm patch on her forehead is jut too much for me. And the arm, oh dear lord, this better be a scan. There is creative, and then there is messed up. Fake cheek shadow...

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                  • #10
                    Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

                    Thank you everyone that posted in here, I've got a really good idea of where to start on this venture. Thank you again!

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                    • #11
                      Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

                      I find it hilarious that skoobey dismisses Mert & Marcus's legendary artistry because the pixels don't fit his precisely constrained mental model of a mathematically perfect retouch.

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                      • #12
                        Re: Mert & Marcus colors - how is this done?

                        Originally posted by oneredpanther View Post
                        I find it hilarious that skoobey dismisses Mert & Marcus's legendary artistry because the pixels don't fit his precisely constrained mental model of a mathematically perfect retouch.
                        Ahahahhahahah, you take me waaaay to seriously, mon ami.

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