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  • Flashtones
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    Re: BW portraits - skin retouching workflow?

    Originally posted by Doug Nelson View Post
    However you'd like to make it look like a b/w negative. Again, just for visualization.
    Cool. Just seeing if you knew a way to invert and adj layer, which I don't.

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  • Doug Nelson
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    Re: BW portraits - skin retouching workflow?

    Originally posted by Flashtones View Post
    Just making sure I'm following: You mean put an invert adj layer above the BW adj layer?
    However you'd like to make it look like a b/w negative. Again, just for visualization.

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  • skoobey
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    Re: BW portraits - skin retouching workflow?

    Skin softening as opposed to making it even is a problem. No, I never retouch on top of B+W adjustment.

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  • Flashtones
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    Re: BW portraits - skin retouching workflow?

    Originally posted by Doug Nelson View Post
    Although I might be tempted to retouch using a b/w adjustment layer on top of the stack just for visualization. A tip from Chris Tarentino is to invert the b/w layer.
    Just making sure I'm following: You mean put an invert adj layer above the BW adj layer?

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  • Doug Nelson
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    Re: BW portraits - skin retouching workflow?

    Sounds like you'd be losing a lot of valuable data. Although I might be tempted to retouch using a b/w adjustment layer on top of the stack just for visualization. A tip from Chris Tarentino is to invert the b/w layer.

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  • carpman
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    BW portraits - skin retouching workflow?

    Hi, not been here for while, good to see it is going well.

    I do a lot of BW portraits and am looking to refine workflow.

    Currently I raw process images ready for BW conversion, before that i do my retouching which for face is mainly.
    • Blemish / stray hair removal
    • Shadow lightening ( under eyes etc)
    • Eye saturation, whites clean up, sharpen a bit
    • Eye lash darken if needed
    • Slight skin soften


    Then i do BW conversion, this is followed by dodge and burning to bring out highlights and shadows to create desired look.

    Question, does anyone do the retouching after BW conversion?

    Just wondering if I could save a bit of time by do this!

    thanks

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