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    Hey everyone. If you're not familiar with the work of Keith Selle, he's a very well known photographer in the alternative/tattoo model world. For the life of me I can't figure out how he gets skin tone and texture to look the way he does.

    It doesn't look anything like the amateur gaussian/surface blurs you see all over the internet, and I doubt he's using anything as time consuming as frequency separation with micro level healing/dodging and burning because he pumps out 10 images in an hour sometimes.

    He produces a smoothness that certainly doesn't look "real" but at the same time it works for him in a way that I've never seen it work before.

    Take a look at these few images and I'd love to hear your comments:

    https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/...37587237_n.png

    https://scontent-a-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/...10540781_n.png

    https://www.facebook.com/keithsellep.../photos_stream

  • #2
    Re: Yet another skin question

    From what I can see at this resolution, the skin has zero texture and is a bit smudgey, looks like he's used imagenomic portraiture for a quick fix. I'm sure its no secret, you should email him directly

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    • #3
      Re: Yet another skin question

      yup, looks like filter retouching. Not bad though.

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      • #4
        Re: Yet another skin question

        Originally posted by rl-retouch View Post
        From what I can see at this resolution, the skin has zero texture and is a bit smudgey, looks like he's used imagenomic portraiture for a quick fix. I'm sure its no secret, you should email him directly
        It would be easier to tell for sure on a high res. I think the overall feeling of smoothness could be produced in a less destructive manner. I don't see anything special or new about the work. Many others have done similar work.

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        • #5
          Re: Yet another skin question

          Originally posted by SixHouse View Post
          It doesn't look anything like the amateur gaussian/surface blurs you see all over the internet,
          Sorry but it looks exactly like the amateur blur you see all over the internet. Find yourself a new role model.

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          • #6
            Re: Yet another skin question

            Originally posted by oneredpanther View Post
            Sorry but it looks exactly like the amateur blur you see all over the internet. Find yourself a new role model.
            You're right. An internationally known and published photographer with 100+ covers is a terrible role model.

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            • #7
              Re: Yet another skin question

              Come on, look at this: https://scontent-b-atl.xx.fbcdn.net/...37587237_n.png

              That's on par with some of the worst retouching I've ever seen on this site.

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              • #8
                Re: Yet another skin question

                And yet he has several best selling books and doesn't sleep on a futon. Go figure ;-)

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                • #9
                  Re: Yet another skin question

                  And Justin Bieber sells millions of records. If only popularity equaled quality.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Yet another skin question

                    Mr. Bieber also doesn't sleep on a futon. Must be doing something right huh?

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                    • #11
                      Re: Yet another skin question

                      Maybe you should go to a bed forum if you're unable to talk about retouching?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Yet another skin question

                        Originally posted by oneredpanther View Post
                        Sorry but it looks exactly like the amateur blur you see all over the internet. Find yourself a new role model.
                        +1000000

                        Thank you...

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                        • #13
                          Re: Yet another skin question

                          Originally posted by oneredpanther View Post
                          Maybe you should go to a bed forum if you're unable to talk about retouching?
                          Good idea. Which one did you use to find your futon?

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                          • #14
                            Re: Yet another skin question

                            Originally posted by Aladdin View Post
                            +1000000

                            Thank you...
                            What have you done?

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                            • #15
                              Re: Yet another skin question

                              I think he uses Gaussian blur but first he selects legs(for example) with a lasso tool(or pen tool the be more precise) copies it to a new layer(so that he has the new selection as a seperate object on top of the background), then command+clicks on the layer to select the transparency of the new copied layer and then he does a huge amount of gaussian blur but because it was on a seperate layer with a selection on it id doesnt blur the edges of the body parts. After that I think he just ALT+pushes the right slider in Blend if dialog box to the left just to make some highlights visible from the previous layer.

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