I am learning the use of Photoshop,but I got stuck with a thing...and I think is one of the most important and it should look natural-THE SKIN.
I don't want to blur it too much,other wise I loose the skin texture,but at the same time I can't get the skin tone getting even.
What should I do?For example for a macro lip retouching where you see the skin extremely close?Smoothing and then should I use Texture brushes?How do I actually use them correctly?I have tried to look online,but couldn't find anything decent.Thanks
Jan 20 13 03:09 am Link
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Heres a good tutorial ... on skin retouching without using blur.
http://www.dmd-digital-retouching.com/b … -tutorial/
Jan 20 13 03:48 am Link
Does it work for face skin as well?Thank you
Jan 20 13 04:33 am Link
Newton, North Carolina, US
Yes, but it will take lots of practice and time before you get the results you're looking for.
Jan 20 13 05:30 am Link
Rīga, Rīga, Latvia
Yes - forget about skin brushes and start to practice d&b
Jan 20 13 05:58 am Link
Ok!I will ...but I still have a question.I have seen some high end beauty retouched photos-before and after.Before the skin around lips didn't had texture.After it did.How do you do that!The same technique?
Jan 20 13 06:28 am Link
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden
Please link to an example of your lip texture question, so we know exactly what you mean, and then we may see how it was done.
And name the tool you are using. "Brushing" does not say that much of what tool you mean. But generally you take care of each zit individually, not "brushing" all over the face The skin will look the same if you sample a clean area beside it, using the healing brush for instance. You need to sample different areas of the face as the skin does not look the same on different parts of the face.
Jan 20 13 08:05 am Link
Fort Jones, California, US
Usually the Pro Retouchers know best, but as a photographer, this site was a huge help to me. (I just started using this technique last week).
http://nataliataffarel.tumblr.com/post/ … nd-cloning
Jan 20 13 02:33 pm Link
East Newark, New Jersey, US
I like this one the best.
Jan 20 13 02:34 pm Link
Palm Springs, California, US
I believe you add (apply)the skin texture to the lips from other areas that had good skin
Jan 20 13 09:30 pm Link
UPPER DARBY, Pennsylvania, US
There's this photoshop pulgin called "nik software-color efex pro 4". within color efex pro 4 there are about 50 different tools you can use there all mostly helpful i use some on all my pictures. One of the tools is called "dynamic skin softener" works like a charm for getting perfect skin tones and smoothing the skin out without making it look blurry.
Jan 28 13 06:24 pm Link
Lancaster, Pennsylvania, US
I have not seen regular skin texture brushes work very well either...because you dont seem to be able to overlap them very well...the brush solutions dont blend very well for some reason. I wish they did. It would be very handy.
Over the years I have been able to create sheets of skin pore textures for myself using a very special model here that has perfect skin. I use these repair skin textures to fix up the skin softening problems that I run into. Like you, if Im doing lip work, or retouching under the eyes, the cheeks, or trying to thin out eye lashes...I end up with areas that are overly smooth and eventually loose texture. Its these areas that stand out and call attention to themselves. For skin to look right... it needs to have the proper underlying skin luminance level that matches, proper matching color hue and saturation, and especially... matching texture.
I made up a video clip a while ago that shows fixing up skin pores with this kind of technique so some of my friends could see it. I still have the link. Here it is: http://www.screencast.com/t/wIHk5WI0yyIG (You can enlarge it to see better). You can look at it and see if this is the same kind of skin pore issue you are having. You specifically mention the top of the lip area in tight closeups...thats the first example in the video. I dont know if that is what you are looking for or need.
I would be glad to specially meet up with you sometime and I would show you how you could do something similar in your case. I know its frustrating to have great images but the blotchyness and lack of texture ruins the look. You can PM me here at Mayhem. Ill be south of you in London next week...or we can meet on-line too.
Feb 02 13 01:25 pm Link