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Rob Mac Studio

Posts: 1105

London, England, United Kingdom

Thanks for posting up the RAW, makes it a bit more workable. Maybe too crunchy, i dunno..


http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4145/5102798784_e0ef4390aa_z.jpg

Oct 20 10 01:57 pm Link

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Pictus

Posts: 1042

Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Nice shoot

Oct 20 10 07:31 pm Link

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Tog

Posts: 55204

Birmingham, Alabama, US

Pictus, that's quite nice.

Oct 20 10 09:00 pm Link

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ShaunQ

Posts: 168

Waihi Beach, Waikato, New Zealand

pellepiano wrote:
I used mainly D&B ( curves layers ). Selective color. Some Highpass for sharpening.

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/mm_portraitbrad.jpg

Really like your work here Pellepiano, has a lovely smoothness to the tones that you've managed to carve and enhance with D&B. Comparing it with the original is a big eye opener for me as although I have a good understanding of D&B and the various ways to do it, I never really understood how to use it to enhance existing lighting. After many many hours spent researching works similar to the look of the images in the OP, I've never really got anywhere over the last year with the technique and now I see just what has been missing.

Any chance you could share a screen cap of the layer masks so I can see the amount of work that has gone into each D&B layer? That would be choice.

Oct 21 10 02:16 am Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2282

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

As I did it just for fun on the low res example jpg, the psd is a total mess smile, mainly because after a few layers of work I make a new layer with the composite and continue etc ... but its located ... www.lutzimages.com/downloads/portraitbrad.psd.zip

Oct 21 10 03:12 am Link

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ShaunQ

Posts: 168

Waihi Beach, Waikato, New Zealand

Looks like you had fun creating the mess smile Thanks for the PSD its good to see how you've worked through it, I like the subtle HF or highpass layer with the find edges mask, and the D&B work you've done really changes the image, time for me to buy a Wacom...

Oct 21 10 04:35 am Link

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S T U D I O S I X

Posts: 408

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

He matched the original  posted image pretty darn close. What technic did you create the mask of the body outline ? Pen tool ? Color range? Quick mask?

Oct 21 10 04:50 am Link

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Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

S T U D I O  S I X  wrote:
He matched the original  posted image pretty darn close. What technic did you create the mask of the body outline ? Pen tool ? Color range? Quick mask?

And he was the only one who did.

I think the main thing when trying to recreate something is looking at TONES and LIGHT - shadows, midtones, highlights.

Amount of detail - again shadows, midtones, highlights

Thanks for the psd already shared it smile

x

Oct 21 10 05:18 am Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2282

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

S T U D I O  S I X  wrote:
What technic did you create the mask of the body outline ? Pen tool ? Color range? Quick mask?

The new CS 5 Refine Edge worked for this example. It seems to be a good complement to existing methods.

Oct 21 10 05:38 am Link

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Rob Mac Studio

Posts: 1105

London, England, United Kingdom

Nicely done and thanks for sharing the psd.

Oct 21 10 05:47 am Link

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Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Pellepiano, nice light painting. smile D&B I mean. Looks closes to the OP example. And thanks for the PSD.

Oct 21 10 05:49 am Link

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Pictus

Posts: 1042

Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Tog wrote:
Pictus, that's quite nice.

Thanks, a second try smile
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/7346/portraitbradfx2p2ppa.jpg
http://img507.imageshack.us/img507/3045/portraitbradfx2p2ppb.jpg

Oct 21 10 12:30 pm Link

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Operator Number 7

Posts: 59

Seattle, Washington, US

Thanks for posting the .psd pellepiano.  Very helpfull.  I like how you pushed the contrast a bit, then pushed the color a bit, a bit more contrast, a bit more color...  Small steps in the right direction.

I must ask about the layer that had a mask on it that appeared to be made by making a chanel based on the luminocity of the image and then using the find edge filter.  The actual layer appeared to be some sort of fill layer based on a variation of the inverse selection of the layers mask and then filled w/ gray.  Overall it added contrast to the image.  If you feel inclined I would love to have a little more insight into that layer and how it was made.  If not thanks again for posting the .psd.

Robert

Oct 21 10 06:04 pm Link

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Jerry Bennett

Posts: 2222

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US

Some really nice work here. Even the one's that don't match the OP's examples look damn good! I think MM's retouch forum is raising the bar for all but the highest of the high end retouch work.

Oct 21 10 09:13 pm Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2282

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Operator Number 7 wrote:
I must ask about the layer that had a mask on it that appeared to be made by making a chanel based on the luminocity of the image and then using the find edge filter.

To avoid to much halos when using the Highpass filter in Overlay ( to sharpen or grunge ) I used to make a mask, using the Find Edges filter. It sometimes enhances contrast in a good way.

Oct 22 10 06:15 am Link

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Pictus

Posts: 1042

Teresópolis, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

The filter>Sketch>Photocopy is also good to create an edge mask, but it is 8 bit only...
Here some nice free action/scripts http://www.thelightsrightstudio.com/TLR … eMasks.htm

Topaz Simplify is good and Focal Blade even better to create edges.

Oct 22 10 10:53 am Link

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Operator Number 7

Posts: 59

Seattle, Washington, US

pellepiano wrote:

To avoid to much halos when using the Highpass filter in Overlay ( to sharpen or grunge ) I used to make a mask, using the Find Edges filter. It sometimes enhances contrast in a good way.

Ah, I see.  Thanks for the insight.

Robert

Oct 22 10 05:55 pm Link

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J u s t i n G i l l

Posts: 498

Los Angeles, California, US

Peano wrote:
http://img179.imageshack.us/img179/2923/portraitbraddt1a.jpg

http://img215.imageshack.us/img215/6990/portraitbraddt2.jpg

That looks really good, scale it back to about 80% though...  Almost too digital art

Oct 22 10 08:26 pm Link

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Dan OMell

Posts: 1335

Ufa, Bashkortostan, Russia

this is awesome, a lot of inspiration...
thanks for the link

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
A lot of this tends to be islands of relative brightness in a sea of darkness
a little like this
http://vimeo.com/channels/royksopp#2355334

Oct 22 10 10:42 pm Link

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George Thomson

Posts: 698

Concord, California, US

just some toning

http://mobilefiles.ca/Brad_thumb.jpg

http://mobilefiles.ca/Brad_retouched.jpg

Oct 23 10 12:48 am Link

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White Pearl Photography

Posts: 1

Gold Coast, Queensland, Australia

ShaunQ wrote:
As I mentioned the image posted I had retouched so probly wouldn't handle too much further editing. Below is a link to download the original RAW file that I'll leave available for a few days and would really like to see where others would take it. I had to keep editing pretty subtle for its intended use, but really love the portraits posted by the OP, so keen to learn a few further techniques. Download RAW from here -

http://www.mediafire.com/?zj92lic4idcute3

.

Is there a password to download the file?

Dec 04 10 06:38 pm Link

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cwwmbm

Posts: 464

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

pellepiano wrote:
I used mainly D&B ( curves layers ). Selective color. Some Highpass for sharpening.

http://www.lutzimages.com/thread_images/mm_portraitbrad.jpg

I know I'm three years late to the party, but... Any chance for that PSD file? smile

Aug 01 13 10:45 am Link

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MarinaRetoucher

Posts: 18

Kharkiv, Kharkivs'ka, Ukraine

Aug 12 13 05:32 am Link

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MarinaRetoucher

Posts: 18

Kharkiv, Kharkivs'ka, Ukraine

pellepiano wrote:
As I did it just for fun on the low res example jpg, the psd is a total mess smile, mainly because after a few layers of work I make a new layer with the composite and continue etc ... but its located ... www.lutzimages.com/downloads/portraitbrad.psd.zip

I want this PDS. please send it to my e-mail please!Jolly-world@mail.ru

Aug 12 13 05:33 am Link

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The3LivingAndThe3Dead

Posts: 963

Los Angeles, California, US

S T U D I O  S I X  wrote:
Here are some great shot of 2 amazing photographers let me here your thoughts of how they did it and please I want your thoughts not just ask the photog.
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-14at50120PM.png

http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-14at45638PM.png
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-14at45606PM.png
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-18at120115PM.png
http://i498.photobucket.com/albums/rr345/hotsteveo/inspiration/Screenshot2010-10-18at120242PM.png

To get back to the original post -

The lights are all big. There are no hard shadows - more just contact / ambient occlusion-looking soft shadows.

Aug 12 13 07:38 am Link

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pellepiano

Posts: 2282

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

MarinaRetoucher wrote:
I want this PDS. please send it to my e-mail please!Jolly-world@mail.ru

Im sorry but I seem to have deleted it from my server and hard drive.

Aug 12 13 08:03 am Link

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Dmitry Bocharov

Posts: 23

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

maby someone have this nice psd?)

Nov 06 13 11:24 am Link