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  05 May 2003
Photo MakeOver


Just grabbed a random photo off to try my hand at some photo retouching.

I used the tutorial posted by TheGuest a few weeks back, ill paste it here soon, And this is the result.

In the retouched picture the guy looks powdered and sunburnt. How do the professionals do it?
Who are some of the famous and best "Photo Retouchers" out there?
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  05 May 2003
good job.

That's the easy way. What I have been trying to figure out though, is how to get it cleaner without loosing some of the finer details of the skin. In many cases, clone stamp and blur @ the same time causes a .... paintbrushy gloss effect to the final product rendering it less realistic than the original. In some cases, i guess blemishes are ok. =)

But in others .... maybe when working up some chick, I like that kind of stylization. =)
  05 May 2003

Hey not a bad job c81.
Except it appears you left out a step... and a somewhat important one.

As mentioned in that tutorial, retaining the 'finer details' in the face is crucial to avoiding a fake/plastic/synthetic look in the subject (although some projects you may actually WANT this effect, and that's fine too.[/]i). The way we do that is simply to add a layer mask to the 'smoothed' layer, and paint back in ([i]reveal/unhide) the details.
Character lines on the face and around the eyes, the hair line, hair, eyebrows, lips, nostrils, even the ears can be 'uneffected' through the layer mask.

You missed doing the above procedure c81. This is evidenced by the 'effected' look of your subject's hair.

Bear in mind that not all subjects will warrant a full-on 'creamy smooth' type of makeover. So to bring the subject's appearance back closer to a pre-makeover state, simply reduce the Opacity of the 'smoothed' layer. But the layer mask job still needs to be done.

Hope this helps clear up some things further. If not, just ask.
  05 May 2003
When retouching you can get a whole lot of different looks, wether it's just simple retouching, the glowy airbrush look, very sharp contrast, darken the photo to make it look mysterious, etc.

I had some extra time so here's an attempt at retouching the picture. I tried to keep it simple and just clean up the photo and enhanced it.

1-The first one shows a split from the original and the retouched version.

2-The second shows the retouched version.

3-The third shows the retouched version with alittle more contrast and saturation.

4-The fourth whos the retouched version alot lighter and the glowly/dreamy look.

Just depends what the look your going after, and alot of tweaking around. Took me about 30 minutes.

Last edited by Ikarus : 05 May 2003 at 08:01 AM.
  05 May 2003
Thanks For your replys and Help Guys

Im gonna have another go at it.

I guess the look im trying to get is the one you see in Magazines advertising some Expensive Armani Perfume with a guy or Girls face up close and the skin on the face is spotless but it still looks like naturail skin.

Ikarus, thats some awesome retouching you did there, How did you get the guys face Darker Skinned? Looks very natural
  05 May 2003
I've uploaded the layered photoshop file zipped for the retouching of the photo above.
It's about 7Megs.

Although the process differs from photo to photo depending on the look your trying to acomplish. Also remember that everybody has different ways of accomplishing things, but here's what I did:

-First thing I did was duplicated the original layer and used the clone tool to clone out any blemishes, birthmarks, wrinkles, etc. And named my layer "Cloned"
-I duplicated the "Cloned" Layer two times, and named them "Diffused" and "Sharpen"
-To the "Diffused" layer I applied Filter-->Stylize-->Diffuse. To the mode set to "Anisotropic".....This smooths out the skin and everything else.
-To the "Sharpen" layer I applied the "unsharp mask" filter with a high amoun of about 85% and 3pixels. This sharpens up the entire image, but will only be using parts of it that require detail such as the eyes, lips, hair, etc. Every other part such as the skin will be blended out by using a layer mask.

-With the "Sharpen" and "Diffused" layer it's just a matter blending IN and OUT parts of the layer that require it to be smooth or sharpened. You can also play around with the opacity of the layer and the blending mode of it.
-As for color correcting the image, I often use adjustment layers. Which you can access on the layer's pallete on the bottom, it's the half filled circle icon.

-Some images might only require 1-2 adjustment layers, other might require 5-10 or more, etc. It all depends on what your trying to adjust like if your isolating the eyes to colorize them, etc.

-Alot of times you will go back and forth between your adjustment layers and the "Diffused" and "Sharpen" layers changing opacities, or blending modes, until you get the desired look. It's alot of playing around and experimenting until your comfortable with a process such as retouching, so don't be down if you can't acomplish it the first time around. Learn proper use of the "Cloning" tool and "Healing Brush", as well as the power of adjustment layers and layer masks and you'll see just how much control you have over retouching an image. Remember that the process differes from photo to photo, and there are more things I could have done to fix/retouch/enhance that photo if the job had called for it or if you really wanted to stylize it, etc.

Hope the photoshop file helps you disect some of the steps.
  05 May 2003
That was excellent Icarus!!

  05 May 2003
Glad I could help
  05 May 2003

great job dude!!
Don't Be Disappointed!!
  06 June 2003
wOoOw it's Cool!
great job!
Go east GO weast >>I'm the best<<
  06 June 2003
Another try


My 10 mins. effort
Tried not to overdo the skin cleanup.
  01 January 2006
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