Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > Making Digital Powder

Photographer

Cardmaverick

Posts: 28

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

I'm looking around for some good tips and tricks on making digital powder for faces. I see this effect all the time on high end retouched photos. It's this fine dust looking texture to the skin.

Are people just blending an overlayed shot of powder on top of the skin?

Example:

http://behance.vo.llnwd.net/profiles25/ … e71219.jpg

Feb 03 13 12:32 am Link

Photographer

pellepiano

Posts: 2282

Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden

Add a link to such an image so we know exactly what the look is, that you want.

Feb 03 13 01:04 am Link

Retoucher

AKMac

Posts: 329

London, England, United Kingdom

I think this is a technique that Gry Garness specialises in.

Feb 03 13 02:05 am Link

Retoucher

Kristiana-Retouch

Posts: 289

London, England, United Kingdom

Sample photo would be great to see what you meant with "powder effect"  smile

Feb 03 13 09:19 am Link

Photographer

Cardmaverick

Posts: 28

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

Found an example, edited first post.

I know the easiest route is just hire a MUA, which I usually do, but I'm curious about how it's done in post.

Feb 03 13 02:15 pm Link

Photographer

AJ_In_Atlanta

Posts: 12835

Atlanta, Georgia, US

Look like a band pass type of retouching job, maybe a fake texture but I don't think so.  Still not a fan of unnaturally even pores

Feb 03 13 02:27 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Cardmaverick wrote:
Found an example, edited first post.

I know the easiest route is just hire a MUA, which I usually do, but I'm curious about how it's done in post.

Could you also post an example of one of your images that lacks this texture, so we can see the problem as well as the solution?

Feb 03 13 03:12 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

*** Heresy alert! ***

The example you posted could have been done with ... come closer and I'll whisper it ... Imagenomic Portraiture.

http://img832.imageshack.us/img832/1171/powdersmooth.jpg

Feb 03 13 03:20 pm Link

Photographer

Cardmaverick

Posts: 28

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

I found some interesting powder brushes... this might be more what I'm looking for.

http://keepwaiting.deviantart.com/art/S … -118364120

Feb 03 13 04:05 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Cardmaverick wrote:
I found some interesting powder brushes... this might be more what I'm looking for.

http://keepwaiting.deviantart.com/art/S … -118364120

What problem are you trying to solve? Can you show an example?

Feb 03 13 04:15 pm Link

Photographer

Cardmaverick

Posts: 28

Salt Lake City, Utah, US

I don't have a problem or an example shot I'm dealing with, I'm just curious about ways you can digitally give a face that translucent powdered look.

Feb 03 13 04:20 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Cardmaverick wrote:
I don't have a problem or an example shot I'm dealing with, I'm just curious about ways you can digitally give a face that translucent powdered look.

I think you have to deal with specific images that present specific problems. There's a world of difference between skin that has no texture at all, and skin that has texture like a four-topping pizza.

If you're looking for a single solution to both problems, I don't think you're going to find one.

Feb 03 13 05:26 pm Link