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Old 01-11-2007, 02:04 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I see so many photo's of models with porcelain type faces, smooth and soft.
How is this done in photoshop to achieve this?

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Old 01-11-2007, 04:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tutorials/tut020.htm
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Old 01-11-2007, 05:34 PM   #3 (permalink)
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The technique in the link is somewhat flawed in that it also softens the eyes. Compare the eyes in the before and after photo.

The technique I use is a combination of the healing tools in Photoshop and a duplicate layer to which one applies Gaussian blur, then uses the Black Mask technique that I've discussed in several tutorials to paint away the problem areas. If you use a very soft brush and low opacity you can paint till you get it just right. And its non-destructive. You can then sharpen the eyes with the same technique. Or even faster, using the History brush technique.

Here are some examples with Holley Dorrough. The first is the sharp original vesion and the second is the softened version





And here is a side by side of Jill Day using a more agressive use of the technique:

http://www.rfredricksmith.com/soft.jpg

Please note the eyes in each photo.

If you go really agressive, then you can get the porcelain skin effect, but it often doesn't look real.

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Old 01-11-2007, 06:10 PM   #4 (permalink)
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actually, it shouldn't soften the eyes - isn't that why we are masking them when smoothing?


http://www.lunacore.com/photoshop/tu...s/tut020_2.htm


"# Mask large areas with a large brush and a hardness of 100%.
# Mask small areas with a small brush and a hardness of 0%.
# Mask accurate edges by using a large zoom factor and work with a small brush, low hardness of 0% and a low opacity (about 30-50%)."
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DIGITAL GEM Airbrush Professional, formerly from Applied Science Fiction, now Kodak's Austin Development Center. They are the same folks who developed DIGITAL ICE for scanners. It is the only PS plugin that I have ever bought.

http://asf.com/products/plugins/airpro/pluginAIRPRO/
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Yes, it works well and is fast. But often as in the examples on their page its a little too agressive.
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You're right. But when I looked at the finished image it still looked like the eyes were soft. But then I noticed that when I went to another a computer that you could rollover the image and see the finished image. But even the finished images has soft eyes, so it must be the original photo. On one computer (the one that I use primarily for Internet) I have much more aggressive firewalling and privacy protection.

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Send your images to Mattel, care of their Barbie Division.

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Yes, it works well and is fast. But often as in the examples on their page its a little too agressive.
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It is completely adjustable, from so aggressive that the skin really does look like plastic (creepy), to only having a very light touch.

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This example is a bit aggressive, but note that I have the "coarse" detail slider at 0%, and the blending at 75%.
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Thanks very much, you guys are very helpfull!

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