Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > Fake skin texture? an orange?

Photographer

Taryn True

Posts: 1875

Union City, New Jersey, US

I use frequency separation to retouch, so I do keep the original skin texture. However, I've been retouching some photos that the photog made his point of focus the nose instead of the eyes, so I don't have precise skin texture.

What do you recommend to use as fake texture? ie: an orange?

Are there any stock imagery for fake skin texture?

Dec 19 12 03:03 pm Link

Photographer

Shades Of Gray

Posts: 1054

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

I am no expert but there have been occasions with particularly bad skin that I have just imported a sample of clear skin into another area and used that to grab textures from.  There are some nice, free skin textured brushes out there too if you want to try a search with that criteria. An orange does sound interesting though.

Dec 19 12 05:42 pm Link

Retoucher

BorderlineBunny

Posts: 2201

Tulsa, Oklahoma, US

A good method is to take the high frequency layer of a good skin texture at roughly the same angle of another retouch you have done and placing it with Linear Light over the existing texture after some D

Dec 19 12 06:50 pm Link

Photographer

Leighsphotos

Posts: 3001

Toronto, Ontario, Canada

You can always add a noise layer and paint it into the areas that need it.

Dec 20 12 07:31 pm Link

Photographer

LegacyMobileStudio

Posts: 93

Colorado Springs, Colorado, US

Check this out:
http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=search … =1&x=0&y=0

www.sxc.hu has some decent images but not everything is there-
Good luck

Dec 21 12 01:57 am Link

Photographer

TMA Photo and Retouch

Posts: 795

New York, New York, US

I have quite a few stock skin pore textures for different areas of the body.  You can PM me off-line. 

Ray

Dec 30 12 03:05 pm Link

Retoucher

Kristiana-Retouch

Posts: 289

London, England, United Kingdom

I would say - forget about orange and other fruit texture. Humans face texture has pores and lines, and wrinkles. Using one solid texture you will end up with fake and weird looking skin.
Best option would be to take skin texture from same, model, same set, other photo.

Jan 02 13 05:01 am Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3884

Santa Cruz, California, US

Christiana1990 wrote:
I would say - forget about orange and other fruit texture. Humans face texture has pores and lines, and wrinkles. Using one solid texture you will end up with fake and weird looking skin. Best option would be to take skin texture from same, model, same set, other photo.

+1

Jan 02 13 05:27 am Link

Photographer

Kelvin Hammond

Posts: 17378

Billings, Montana, US

I'm not a fan of fake skin texture. It looks, well, fake to me...

It seems to me that the texture you actually need is contained in the face you are working on, you just have to figure out how to extract it.

Jan 02 13 08:30 am Link

Retoucher

Mike Needham Retouching

Posts: 369

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

It seems to me that the texture you actually need is contained in the face you are working on, you just have to figure out how to extract it.

This would seem to be the answer to me. Don't recreate (it didn't exist!) but maintain and maximise the texture already there.

Jan 02 13 10:13 am Link

Retoucher

AKMac

Posts: 370

London, England, United Kingdom

Mike Needham Retouching wrote:

This would seem to be the answer to me. Don't recreate (it didn't exist!) but maintain and maximise the texture already there.

For me, this definitely.

Jan 02 13 10:38 am Link