High end retouching - Tutorials out there, or best kept secret?

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  1. RMThompson

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    One place might be a Photoshop/retouching forum.

    I've been a member at THIS ONE, for a long time, but I'm not very active/up to date.
     
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    It's not a best kept secret as much as it is dedicating time to the art. I think most people with somewhat basic photoshop knowledge can achieve this quite easily if they had the patients and the vision needed to dedicate a solid couple of hours to a photo to achieve a goal.

    Lets just say brightness contrast and levels adjustment along with a quick clone brush is not sufficient.
     
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    It isn't that hard tbh...
    The mistake most people make when trying to touchup is they SMOOTH the skin using the GAUSIAN BLUR
    this removes all texture

    What I do is:

    Use a clone stamp and sample the skin VERY close to the spot and set my hardness from 0% - 75% (so it blends in)
    this will remove the spot, but keep texture (the bumps)
    (i resize my brush to the size of the spot each time though)
    After i do that, If I am still not happy or there is too much tiny spots...
    I duplicate the layer 2 times, Hide the top layer
    then I Guassian blur the skin so it is porcelin soft. (like a doll)
    and mask it so it only affects the skin and not eyes, hair etc..
    then i show my top layer and set the opacity to about 10 - 30%
    This adds the texture back in, but being subtle enough to hide the tiny imperfections

    there is millions of ways to do it,
    Ill try make a video tutorial (there are manyout there costing £100 - £800 just to show you, but ill give it out for free!!!! :O
    But it isn't as good as the pros, The pros take anything from 3 - 6 hours to retouch, I usually wing it and take a maximum of 1hour to retouch a photo
    (thus if you have seen my retouch in http://www.thephotoforum.com/forum/...ork-you-beginners-welcomed-2.html#post1667160 that is why the halo is there, because I done that retouch in about 20 - 30 mins focusing mainly on removing spots, creases, re-constructing the mouth, enlarging the eyes, fixing the lighting (i dodged and burned some of the face and i Dodged the top lip (thats the bright pink line) to give a sense of depth.)
    Ill try get a video up Asap, But currently i am fixing my laptop (I have formatted about 10 times in the last month... litterally... going from linuc, to xp to vista.. but xp n vista dont recognize my drivers whereas linux does but cant use photoshop, so i put vista in again and have finally got the drivers fixed!!! so i am installing all my apps again then creating a custom Vista Install disc so it installs all my programs for me if i need to format again...)

    If you do not mind paying i Highly recommend this, http://www.digitalphotoshopretouching.com/
    I used that one, Learned quite allot.
    But i knew the majority Prior to it, so was a waste of money in my point of view...

    another good photoshop tutorial package you should look at: http://www.photoshoptopsecret.com/
    Worth the money IMO, It isnt what they are doing the effect to, It is how they do it you should study.
    Learn the tools, Not the method.
     
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    Dao No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This link contains video on some photoshop work on skin and other stuff. (i.e. smoothing the skin without losing the texture)

    Christy Schuler I Retouching
     
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    Okay, I have camtasia now, If someone can upload an image for me to use( Jpg or raw, I would prefer a .RAW though so i can Extend the tutorial into more than airbrushing tbh.)
    thankyou in advance, I will credit you in the titles.
     
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    Go take your own image. :greenpbl:

    As Garbz said, it's usually just a case of patience (not patients...Garbz, do you have a MD I don't know about? :lol: ). I myself know I can achieve similar results, but I also know just how long that would take me (on the order of several hours). A lot of layers, a lot of care and attention to detail, and a lot of redoing things that you messed up just a smidge.
     
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    The trick is work SLOW. And zoomed in.
     
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    If you are using photoshop, I have learned a lot from Martin Evening. He has books out there and tutorials. The only one drawback is his deep english accent, but maybe that's just my midwestern issue.
     
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    Yes. Evening's books are golden. I've got his CS4 book; fantastic, it is. Lots of pretty examples and colour. ^.^ (Oh, and I learn stuff from it too.)
     
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