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    I recently run across a youtube timelapse where the retoucher is using a technique on the skin (after cloning and all) that I don't fully grasp:

    Stamp visible. Duplicate, invert and opacity at 50%; this makes 50% gray on monitor. Surface blur - radius 2 , threshold 35 - which has "high pass" kind of look. Desaturate and opacity at 100% overlay blending. Merge down (?) - I am assuming this previsous step as the duplicate layer disappears and can't discern how much the look changed on the image. This procedure is repeated 2 more times.

    Finally, a different version occours; after Surface blur the retoucher stamps visible and put the layer in linear light with a mask to generate a regular "high pass" layer for sharpening.

    I am still in two minds if the inverted overlay blurred blending is used to change global/local contrast on the skin.

    Thanks
    Last edited by marameo; 01-20-2018, 07:31 AM.

  • #2
    Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

    Could you please share a link to the Youtube video?

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    • #3
      Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

      https://youtu.be/DOUh2KJ1ruU?t=2m34s

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      • #4
        Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

        Originally posted by marameo View Post
        Thanks. Videos that run that fast are ridiculous. I never could learn from them and no longer waste time trying to.

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        • #5
          Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

          You can have youtube play at x0.25 speed under the settings.

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          • #6
            Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

            Stop obsessing with minor things. Work on the basics. Shape, texture, color. He is using an inverted surface blur to sharpen.

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            • #7
              Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

              I thought it was a play on contrast to give shape. I am seeing a lot of that edgy look (sometimes with notable halos):

              https://scontent-mxp1-1.cdninstagram...58336512_n.jpg

              https://scontent-mxp1-1.cdninstagram...63436032_n.jpg

              https://scontent-mxp1-1.cdninstagram...61624832_n.jpg

              https://scontent-mxp1-1.cdninstagram...36510720_n.jpg

              https://scontent-mxp1-1.cdninstagram...47503104_n.jpg

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              • #8
                Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

                [QUOTE=marameo;334136]I recently run across a youtube timelapse where the retoucher is using a technique on the skin (after cloning and all) that I don't fully grasp:

                Stamp visible. Duplicate, invert and opacity at 50%; this makes 50% gray on monitor. Surface blur - radius 2 , threshold 35 - which has "high pass" kind of look. Desaturate and opacity at 100% overlay blending. Merge down (?) - I am assuming this previsous step as the duplicate layer disappears and can't discern how much the look changed on the image. This procedure is repeated 2 more times.

                Finally, a different version occours; after Surface blur the retoucher stamps visible and put the layer in linear light with a mask to generate a regular "high pass" layer for sharpening.

                I am still in two minds if the inverted overlay blurred blending is used to change global/local contrast on the skin.


                I'm not certain where the confusion is. The colour/contrast is effected.
                Using your instructions plus a duplicate over-top in Soft Light mode (blended with a mask to suit my tastes) then selective sharpening in Darken Mode, I got this:
                Attached Files

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                • #9
                  Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

                  Yes, it is a local contrast enhancement move. Not sure how much the surface blur contribute to it anyway.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

                    Originally posted by marameo View Post
                    Yes, it is a local contrast enhancement move. Not sure how much the surface blur contribute to it anyway.
                    You don't need all that rigmarole from the video. Several of the Topaz plug-ins will produce the effect very quickly.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

                      Originally posted by Gary View Post
                      then selective sharpening in Darken Mode, I got this:
                      By the way, can you see the dark/light halos around the subject in this picture?

                      https://www.sendspace.com/file/gbhua7

                      Do you think it's just sharpening with find edge technique?

                      Thanks

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                      • #12
                        Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

                        Originally posted by marameo View Post
                        By the way, can you see the dark/light halos around the subject in this picture?

                        https://www.sendspace.com/file/gbhua7

                        Do you think it's just sharpening with find edge technique?

                        Thanks
                        Quite possibly. I didn't take it for a 'test drive'. Instead, I would apply sharpening with a layer mask to control selection and opacity.

                        I did try defringing in CC by firstly making a selection of the subject and using Layer/Matting/Defringe around 6 pixels.

                        https://spaces.hightail.com/receive/1p9jGmkNMw/Z2diMThAc2hhdy5jYQ==[/URL]

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                        • #13
                          Re: Inverted overlay blend for skin

                          Originally posted by Sabrina81 View Post
                          You don't need all that rigmarole from the video.
                          I agree with that. When things get too complicated mistakes can happen that cannot be easily removed. A simpler workflow is a path to speedier results that achieve the same effects. And it's easier to keep track of what was done by keeping the number of layers to a minimum.

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