Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > How To Achieve A Polished SKin Effect

Model

Alex Jackson 16

Posts: 12

Holetown, Saint James, Barbados

Hey everyone,

How is this effect on skin achieved?

- http://1.bp.blogspot.com/-tTKvEYZ0z50/T … -I-web.jpg

Thanks for any help in advance!

May 18 13 11:23 am Link

Photographer

The Studio_1953

Posts: 68

Hyattsville, Maryland, US

Lighting and dodge and burn on Photoshop.

May 18 13 02:57 pm Link

Photographer

Jakov Markovic

Posts: 1128

Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia

First use a bi soft box above the mode, then in RAW converter pull down the reds and increase the blacks, and that's pretty much it.

May 19 13 05:07 am Link

Retoucher

Natalia_Taffarel

Posts: 7665

Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina

The Studio_1953 wrote:
Lighting and dodge and burn on Photoshop.

I disagree. That has bandpass written all over it.

May 19 13 09:01 am Link

Retoucher

RLRetouch

Posts: 46

London, England, United Kingdom

Yep I don't think lighting would do that to an image, almost certainly an overall hi-pass and some rough dnb. Not an image I would want to look at for long, ouch!

May 19 13 10:46 am Link

Retoucher

Mike Needham Retouching

Posts: 369

Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom

Too small to tell really.

May 19 13 02:35 pm Link

Retoucher

BoazR

Posts: 129

Jerusalem, Jerusalem, Israel

I'm not a pro, like most of guys here are, but I'd say it's the same thing that ppl do to face retouch - just a surface blur filter, and then play with the light to make it look like it has an ambient glow.
I might be wrong tho

May 29 13 11:45 am Link

Photographer

Yugoboy

Posts: 77

Rochester, New York, US

WTF is wrong with her arms?

I loves me some photoshop, but... day-ummm!

Even though I get the appreciation for the skin tone and your desire to copy it, I'd avoid asking whoever shot that.  Too much of a good thing, methinks.

Jun 03 13 06:47 pm Link

Photographer

J O H N A L L A N

Posts: 10439

Santa Ana, California, US

I'm not a retouching expert.
But to my eye, it looks similar to the retouching I did here.
Which is just lighting captured in camera, then micro d&b and a bit of toning. Nothing fancy.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130519/16/51995b69782dd_m.jpg

Jun 03 13 06:53 pm Link

Retoucher

LarrySparks Photography

Posts: 117

Cape Town, Western Cape, South Africa

Robert Lang  wrote:
Yep I don't think lighting would do that to an image, almost certainly an overall hi-pass and some rough dnb. Not an image I would want to look at for long, ouch!

I agree with you...

Jun 05 13 06:05 am Link

Photographer

Matt W - SOLP

Posts: 2

Denver, Colorado, US

Color FX Pro 4 by Nik Software is a plugin for both PS & LR, and has an effect called Dynamic Skin Softener.. I used it here


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120404/15/4f7cc880a5f8a_m.jpg

Jun 08 13 02:11 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Natalia_Taffarel wrote:

I disagree. That has bandpass written all over it.

That sounds about right. You can go the homemade route or use a plug-in like Portraiture, which is (I think) essentially bandpass at three levels of detail.

Jun 08 13 06:49 pm Link

Photographer

Art Silva

Posts: 9501

Santa Barbara, California, US

I thought this said "How to Achieve A Polish Skin"  WTF, lol

Jun 09 13 07:42 pm Link

Photographer

Chuckarelei

Posts: 9574

Seattle, Washington, US

Matt W - SOLP wrote:
Color FX Pro 4 by Nik Software is a plugin for both PS & LR, and has an effect called Dynamic Skin Softener.. I used it here


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120404/15/4f7cc880a5f8a_m.jpg

That's not what op was asking, not skin softener. The skin on the two images are not even close.

Jun 09 13 08:37 pm Link

Photographer

Matt W - SOLP

Posts: 2

Denver, Colorado, US

Chuckarelei wrote:
That's not what op was asking, not skin softener. The skin on the two images are not even close.

I find it interesting that you have time to try correcting others, but don't take the time to answer the original question.. You are no doubt a talented artist, so take a moment to explain how you would achieve this effect, that's why these forums are here.

As for my previous post, I never said the skin in the two images were the same.. Forgive me if I'm wrong, but last I heard, "Polished Skin" meant flawless, smooth, exfoliated, without blemish, Porcelain-like, etc... Aside from a difference in lighting and levels, both images have that effect. Now, if I wanted my models to look like a vampire, Id post something like this

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130610/22/51b6b99653f2d_m.jpg

*this image was taken with a cell phone and was only posted for its comical nature... still, it was edited with the same skin softener

Back to the topic, I only suggest a plug in to save a little time. Nothing beats PS' cloning and healing tools, along with playing with the curves and levels to achieve the desired effect. It helps a lot if the model has been airbrushed and if you have your lighting correct during the shoot...

Jun 10 13 11:17 pm Link

Model

Jessica Vaugn

Posts: 7320

Los Angeles, California, US

Damn that girl needs some nourishment!!

Jun 10 13 11:46 pm Link