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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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Image Magik
Posts: 1,067
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Paul Snyder
Posts: 87
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  Quote 
Photographer
xbe photographer
Posts: 167
Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania


Nov 12 12 09:23 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


Nov 12 12 09:30 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Imageography
Posts: 6,768
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  Quote 
Model
TinRoses
Posts: 188
Scottsdale, Arizona, 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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Motion Photos
Posts: 16
Santa Rosa, California, US


MM contributor Natalia has a quick tutorial here http://vimeo.com/13331197
Nov 14 12 09:01 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Imperious Images
Posts: 276
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  Quote 
Photographer
NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 32,036
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
NothingIsRealButTheGirl
Posts: 32,036
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

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

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

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

Nov 15 12 12:29 am  Link  Quote 
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

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

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  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
xbe photographer
Posts: 167
Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania


anybody?
please
Nov 24 12 07:44 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
CLICK retouch
Posts: 181
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
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  Quote 
Photographer
Paul AI
Posts: 1,046
Shawnee, Oklahoma, US


Thanks, Peano.
Nov 24 12 01:17 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
xbe photographer
Posts: 167
Kaišiadorys, Kauno, Lithuania


Thanks, Peano
Nov 24 12 11:28 pm  Link  Quote 
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
Joe Malicdem
Posts: 3
Dagupan, Ilocos, Philippines


Joe Malicdem wrote:

Dec 17 12 07:37 pm  Link  Quote 
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