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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  Quote 
Photographer
The Studio_1953
Posts: 67
Hyattsville, Maryland, US


Lighting and dodge and burn on Photoshop.
May 18 13 02:57 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jakov Markovic
Posts: 1,102
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Natalia_Taffarel
Posts: 7,665
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Robert Lang
Posts: 45
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Mike Needham Retouching
Posts: 369
Cheltenham, England, United Kingdom


Too small to tell really.
May 19 13 02:35 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
BoazR
Posts: 93
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Photographer
J O H N A L L A N
Posts: 9,939
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  Quote 
Retoucher
LarrySparks Photography
Posts: 116
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Retoucher
Peano
Posts: 4,106
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  Quote 
Photographer
Art Silva
Posts: 9,241
Santa Barbara, California, US


I thought this said "How to Achieve A Polish Skin"  WTF, lol
Jun 09 13 07:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Chuckarelei
Posts: 9,392
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  Quote 
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  Quote 
Model
Jessica Vaugn
Posts: 7,320
Los Angeles, California, US


Damn that girl needs some nourishment!!
Jun 10 13 11:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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