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Old 08-20-2004, 09:05 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been playing with some images I shot at one of the Dallas events.... I am looking for nice skin tones... you may download and make changes and repost on GG.. thanks
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I used Photoshop CS

I only did a few things to this image. The very first thing I always try to do, to see if it works is auto contrast, which worked here.

Second, I duplicated the layer. I then went to image-adjustments-shadow/highlight. I currently have it set on the default settings, which seems to work 90 percent of the time. The highlights are then brought out on the entire image. I left her alone but, erased back in the background, so that it was darker, like the original image.

I then did auto contrast one more time.

Then I just did basic touchup and unsharp mask....poof, done.

I hope the results of the image, is what you were looking for.



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Re: skin tone help...
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I am not all that great at PS yet but here is my 5 minute attempt. Adjusted curve, color balance, saturation then slight contrast adjustment, crop, USM then save.

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Re: easy fix
Old 08-20-2004, 10:38 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Great job, other than unsharpen mask, did you sharpen anywhere else?
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I just did unshark mask to the entire image. When you bring out the highlights of an image, it makes the image look sharper. As I call it, the "pop" to the image.

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That's fantastic!

Back to practicing my PS skills...

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Here's my shot... when "saved for web" was used, the colors saturated a little more (maybe too much)

1. curves
2. contrast
3. duplicated layer with pic... changed the top version to "overlay"... then gaussian blurred at 10px.
4. Inserted a hue/saturation adjustment layer between them with saturation set very low.
5. played with opacity of middle layer (hue/sat) and top (overlay version of original) until colors looked ok.
6. color dodged the eyes with the brush tool

also sharpened bottom layer at some point.

Hope this helps!,
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I learned basically by trial and error. When I started, I sucked. As I learned and practiced, I got better and better.

Now, I actually retouch images for other photographers, models, and clients......go figure.

You will get there!

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Re: skin tone help...
Old 08-20-2004, 11:27 AM   #9 (permalink)
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I used the trick of going to levels and pulling back each channel until I got into color info.... this is what I am getting and it looks blown to me..
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Your going through too much trouble...lol

It is somewhat blowed out.

Was your intention to totally change the skin tones?

Myself, and this is just me, I like the warm tones. Your image already had warm tones in it and I just pulled them out.

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