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Old 06-22-2004, 07:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Here is my first attempt at Robert Biggerstaff's skin softening technique. Please critique and provide input.

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Re: SKin Softening Technique
Old 06-22-2004, 07:24 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Nicely done. My only comment is the dark patch on her chin shows through. Remember step 2 ... clone out obvious blemishes first.

Chest area looks expecially good. Maybe a tad too much GB on the face... perhaps you could use less GB on the face if you cloned out the chin blemish first?



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Old 06-22-2004, 07:53 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Robert,

How's this. I reduced the softening on the face to be the same as the chest and cloned out the blemish first.



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Re: Skin Softening Technique
Old 06-22-2004, 08:34 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Mike,

For those of us not in the know... what is Robert Biggerstaff's skin softening technique?

I have Photoshop available (albeit version 5.5) and I like your results very much.

Thanks in advance.

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Re: Skin Softening Technique
Old 06-22-2004, 08:43 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Better on the face...

But I just noticed you didn't delete the necklace from the blur layer, so the necklace is blurred and/or there is skin being blurred over the necklace. Your blur layer must have NOTHING but skin.
 
 
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Here's a link:

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Old 06-22-2004, 09:12 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Now you're seeing the obsessive side of me. Here it is, my last effort. Robert, thanks so much for your feedback. Hopefully my workflow will move a little quicker. Once I stop making little mistakes and pay attention to detail, I imagine it should.

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Old 06-22-2004, 09:32 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Yes, that's better.... but the necklace is still being blurred. Select a small brush feathered edge of the eraser, and go over the necklace and erase everything that is being blurred on top of it.
 
 
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On this whole skin softening but you must remember that what I'm about to say is not a judgment on any of you or your situation. I work as PS artist in a professional portrait studio and these ideas come from that experience. In other words this is feed back from customers who know nothing about the fine points PS and less about "artistic" value.
Robertís comments on taking care of the major blems first is very important. Then do the overall touchup. I knock down the bags under eyes but donít try to remove them completely unless asked to. Eye and dental work is kept to a minimum. Crest not withstanding too bright a smile doesnít get it. The same goes for sanitized and or reconstucted eyeballs. Ask whether a certain mole or blem goes. Same for freckles. However, if pleasing the customer is not an issue then by all means do it to your liking.
1. We use a technique similar to the one discussed here but we have to be careful. "Too plastic" sums up the overly shopped images. So I back off on the over all face mask probably more than I can see on your example. I understand that your example is small and the test of any print is full size.
2. Instead of creating a separate layer with just the face portion which takes a lot of time and in a studio time is money. I create a layer via copy (duplicate) and apply the blur to the whole thing then I use a reveal (black filled) mask (black reveals white hides in all masks)and paint just the portions I need. I use a moderate soft brush set at low opacity and build up as needed. If I get too much or hit area I donít want to hide a switch to black a reveal. By using this mask I have greater control over the different areas. If I need to apply close to an edge I use a hard brush and then feather the mask not the image. I use the reveal mask simply because it is quicker than re ordering the layer order and using a hide mask. I should mention that in the event you wish to use the blending modes the layer order might become an issue but for not here.
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Jeff Blacks steps....best $16 I have spent...well maybe not the best but by golly it is worth it

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