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Photographer
Geo Leon Photography
Posts: 142
Orlando, Florida, US


Hey guys,

I've been looking around the web for a tutorial on how to give the glow effect to the skin. I found one but it wasn't too great.

A skin glow like the one in the link below:

http://cs403825.vk.me/v403825474/6dc7/12n1JKh_vWM.jpg

I know lighting plays a part but not completely. Im also aware that alot of MUA use bronzer on the subjects skin but still, retouching wise whats the best way to get an effect like this done?
Jul 12 13 09:57 pm  Link  Quote 
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allison mindy
Posts: 1,495
New York, New York, US


I believe you do this by adding highlights in Photoshop.
Jul 12 13 10:03 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Liquid Lace Studios
Posts: 197
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


Go to YouTube and search for "Dodge & Burn" techniques in Photoshop, you'll be busy for weeks big_smile
Jul 12 13 10:47 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Geo Leon Photography
Posts: 142
Orlando, Florida, US


Liquid Lace Studios wrote:
Go to YouTube and search for "Dodge & Burn" techniques in Photoshop, you'll be busy for weeks big_smile

You weren't kidding! LOL!

Jul 12 13 11:20 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Liquid Lace Studios
Posts: 197
Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia


Enjoy ... smile
Jul 12 13 11:26 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Camerosity
Posts: 5,293
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


I wouldn't exactly call that a glow. It's not created by adding highlights but by dodging the existing highlights to emphasize them. KInda like this photo in my portfolio.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130108/13/50ec9027d3534.jpg

Since I was going for a darker look, both the highlights and the other skin tones are darker in this photo than in your reference photo.

There was a lot of D&B in this photo to lighten the highlights and darken the other skin tones. Also, the skin tones in this photo were muted by adding a black-and-white layer (same photo, saturation = -100) and brushing it in to get the muted tones I wanted.

I have other photos of the same model, from the same shoot, where I didn't use a b&w layer, where the skin tones are more like the ones in your reference photo. They aren't in my portfolio, however. Again, dodging the highlights and burning in the other skin tones.

The other photos are in my first folder. I'll send you the link and folder password.

Nick Saglimbeni teaches a totally different technique for achieving the same look in his "Mastering Retouching" DVD. He calls it the Slickforce Technique, named for his Slickforce Studio in LA.

http://masteringretouching.com/

http://www.modelmayhem.com/83776
Jul 13 13 12:05 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Paris Portfolios
Posts: 12
Paris, Île-de-France, France


There is no substitute for the model having a soft established tan or good healthy skin - and good lighting - this saves much skin retouching afterwards.
Jul 13 13 12:27 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
The Invisible Touch
Posts: 717
Tarragona, Catalonia, Spain


Another easy way apart from D&B could be by using a 50% grey layer on a soft light mode and use Dodge and Burn tools to lighten/darken.. pretty good results!
Jul 13 13 03:29 am  Link  Quote 
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