Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > How to achieve this black skin in photoshop?

Photographer

SthaN

Posts: 1

Singapore, Singapore, Singapore

Hi Guys,

Just wanted to know how to achieve this black skin in photoshop

https://fbcdn-sphotos-c-a.akamaihd.net/ … 0540_n.jpg


If in case you guys done it bfore, is it possible if you can give me a sample of the retouch you've done and the steps.
Thanks and regards,


Stan

Nov 12 12 01:42 am Link

Retoucher

Frankcerro

Posts: 40

Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain

I think you are very agresive with the focus and curves in photoshop. Try to be subtly and if yoy focus also unfocus in something areas. You can see a sample in my MM profile

Nov 12 12 01:59 am Link

Photographer

Image Magik

Posts: 1068

New Orleans, Louisiana, US

If you go into the channels section in photoshop and use levels to modify the darks and lights on say the blue channel it should get you close.

Nov 12 12 02:00 am Link

Retoucher

Paul Snyder

Posts: 89

Columbus, Ohio, US

There are various but I'm pretty sure in that photograph the skin actually has black paint on it.

I could be wrong though. The texture just looks like it a bit.

Nov 12 12 09:06 am Link

Photographer

xbe photographer

Posts: 167

Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania

Nov 12 12 09:23 am Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Nov 12 12 09:30 am Link

Photographer

Imageography

Posts: 6768

Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada

Using a blue filter will darken the skin quite a bit, and possibly in this case, it's curves, or dodge and burn.

Separating the blue channel and darkening it is another alternative.

Either way, this is easy to achieve.

Nov 12 12 09:54 am Link

Model

TinRoses

Posts: 188

Wellington, Florida, US

Paul Snyder wrote:
There are various but I'm pretty sure in that photograph the skin actually has black paint on it.

I could be wrong though. The texture just looks like it a bit.

definitely. this. looks like black acrylics.

Nov 12 12 10:54 am Link

Photographer

JimOKeefePhotography

Posts: 189

Silver Spring, Maryland, US

I'd be interested to learn a technique for this as well...

Every year around halloween, the stores are flooded with "costume make up kits", many have a black face paint included, but what if you don't have that or an actual cosmetic to use?

I've tried painting black over skin and using various blending modes, but nothing looks good enough for me to save a psd, let alone post a jpeg... Aside from the blue channel adjustments (which I plan on trying, btw) does anyone have any other suggestions?

Nov 14 12 03:06 pm Link

Photographer

Santa Rosa Studio

Posts: 17

Santa Rosa, California, US

MM contributor Natalia has a quick tutorial here http://vimeo.com/13331197

Nov 14 12 09:01 pm Link

Photographer

Imperious Images

Posts: 277

Montgomery, Alabama, US

I've done a similar effect to this. The method I chose is to apply a light oil to the models skin. Shoot well lit, convert to grayscale in PS and manipulate the red, orange, yellow balance to the desired level.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100614/04/4c1616fb4845e_m.jpg

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120510/11/4fac0ea10b0e5_m.jpg

The amount of oil applied determines how much of the shape of the skin can be maintained after the levels are adjusted. Naturally you have to be careful with specular highlights because they can easily become dramatic.

And as a reference, I have tried the skin painting method as well and it was a huge pain and not worth the time or effort.

Nov 14 12 09:22 pm Link

Photographer

NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33587

Los Angeles, California, US

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/090223/02/49a2815aee1c7_m.jpg

I like this one Bruce Talbot did. I think going to B&W helps the final image.

Nov 14 12 11:51 pm Link

Makeup Artist

Crystal Rose Make up

Posts: 486

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

Paul Snyder wrote:
There are various but I'm pretty sure in that photograph the skin actually has black paint on it.

I could be wrong though. The texture just looks like it a bit.

Being a MUA I also agree for some reason the llama seems to have a caucasion look about her.

Also the texture on the forhead is not natural open pores or uneven texture is not common in that area.

Nov 15 12 12:22 am Link

Photographer

NothingIsRealButTheGirl

Posts: 33587

Los Angeles, California, US

Crystal Rose  Make up  wrote:
Being a MUA I also agree for some reason the model seems to have a caucasion look about her.

Model - Hosam Al-Khalayleh
Photography & styling- Joe Malicdem

I think this may be the model

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/41671_100000331417149_6780_n.jpg

http://strangelycompelling.net/post/333 … hy-styling

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and the photographer seems to use makeup to achieve the effect:

http://500px.com/photo/17293685

Nov 15 12 12:29 am Link

Makeup Artist

Crystal Rose Make up

Posts: 486

Sydney, New South Wales, Australia

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:
Model - Hosam Al-Khalayleh
Photography & styling- Joe Malicdem

I think this may be the model

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/41671_100000331417149_6780_n.jpg

http://strangelycompelling.net/post/333 … hy-styling

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and the photographer seems to use makeup to achieve the effect:

http://500px.com/photo/17293685

Wow,  well done I would not have picked it being an asian male smile

Nov 15 12 01:23 am Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Imperious Images wrote:
The method I chose is to apply a light oil to the models skin.... The amount of oil applied determines how much of the shape of the skin can be maintained after the levels are adjusted.

Yes, I think oil is the key.

B/W adj. layer in multiply mode (adjust reds and yellows to taste).
Above that, a B/W layer in normal mode.

http://img191.imageshack.us/img191/4552/blackskin.jpg

Without the second B/W layer in normal mode:
http://img11.imageshack.us/img11/3825/blackskin2.jpg

Nov 15 12 04:51 am Link

Photographer

PANZERWOLF

Posts: 67

Vienna, Wien, Austria

just some curves and hue/sat layers

maybe not SFW:
www.panzerwolf.com/statics/sonja090_black_cd.jpg

Nov 15 12 10:09 am Link

Photographer

xbe photographer

Posts: 167

Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania

Hi, I try but not look like it:/ maybe you can post psd?
very thanks wink

Nov 23 12 11:01 am Link

Photographer

xbe photographer

Posts: 167

Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania

anybody?
please

Nov 24 12 07:44 am Link

Retoucher

CLICK retouch

Posts: 211

Denver, Colorado, US

It's done with combination of multiply, saturation and curves, and topped off with some sharpening.

It doesn't work when you have a shallow depth of field in the image.

Nov 24 12 12:26 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

xbe photographer wrote:
Hi, I try but not look like it:/ maybe you can post psd?
very thanks wink

I'm not sure who you're asking. Here's a link for my psd.

http://dl.dropbox.com/u/46624371/skin%20black.psd

Nov 24 12 12:53 pm Link

Photographer

Paul AI

Posts: 1046

Shawnee, Oklahoma, US

Thanks, Peano.

Nov 24 12 01:17 pm Link

Photographer

xbe photographer

Posts: 167

Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania

Thanks, Peano

Nov 24 12 11:28 pm Link

Photographer

Joe Malicdem

Posts: 3

Dagupan, Ilocos, Philippines

NothingIsRealButTheGirl wrote:

Model - Hosam Al-Khalayleh
Photography & styling- Joe Malicdem

I think this may be the model

http://profile.ak.fbcdn.net/hprofile-ak-ash2/41671_100000331417149_6780_n.jpg

http://strangelycompelling.net/post/333 … hy-styling

---------------------------------

and the photographer seems to use makeup to achieve the effect:

http://500px.com/photo/17293685

Dec 17 12 07:36 pm Link

Photographer

Joe Malicdem

Posts: 3

Dagupan, Ilocos, Philippines

I didn't used makeup here. It's pure photoshop.

Dec 17 12 07:36 pm Link

Photographer

Joe Malicdem

Posts: 3

Dagupan, Ilocos, Philippines

Joe Malicdem wrote:

Dec 17 12 07:37 pm Link