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Model
plasticbutterfly
Posts: 157
Corby, England, United Kingdom


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  Quote 
Photographer
pellepiano
Posts: 2,272
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  Quote 
Model
plasticbutterfly
Posts: 157
Corby, England, United Kingdom


pellepiano wrote:
Heres a good tutorial ... on skin retouching without using blur.

http://www.dmd-digital-retouching.com/b … -tutorial/

Does it work for face skin as well?Thank you

Jan 20 13 04:33 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
KonstantKarma
Posts: 2,513
Hickory, 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  Quote 
Retoucher
Kristiana-Retouch
Posts: 289
London, England, United Kingdom


Yes - forget about skin brushes and start to practice d&b
smile
Jan 20 13 05:58 am  Link  Quote 
Model
plasticbutterfly
Posts: 157
Corby, England, United Kingdom


Christiana1990 wrote:
Yes - forget about skin brushes and start to practice d&b
smile

Ok!I will smile ...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?
Plus Should I brush all over the face to get rid of the red spots for example,or just on them(on D^B)?Because then I notice a difference between the touched area and the real skin!Sorry...too many questions...smile But I really want to clarify.
P.S:Trust me I am not lazy.Lately ,I could say  that apart working,eating and some sleep,I don't do anything apart from Photoshop.smile
Thank you so much for your time!~

Jan 20 13 06:28 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
pellepiano
Posts: 2,272
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 smile 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  Quote 
Photographer
ammdigital
Posts: 31
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Retouch007
Posts: 403
East Newark, New Jersey, US


I like this one the best.

Kruno:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gT8ZBSoy_IY
Jan 20 13 02:34 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Oscar Partida
Posts: 732
San Diego, California, US


plasticbutterfly wrote:
Ok!I will smile ...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?
Plus Should I brush all over the face to get rid of the red spots for example,or just on them(on D^B)?Because then I notice a difference between the touched area and the real skin!Sorry...too many questions...smile But I really want to clarify.
P.S:Trust me I am not lazy.Lately ,I could say  that apart working,eating and some sleep,I don't do anything apart from Photoshop.smile
Thank you so much for your time!~

I believe you add (apply)the skin texture to the lips  from other areas that had good skin

(perhaps paint it from the high frequency layer)

Jan 20 13 09:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
zssphotography
Posts: 56
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  Quote 
Photographer
TMA Photo and Retouch
Posts: 724
New York, New York, 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.

Cheers,

Ray
Feb 02 13 01:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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