Model Skin

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  1. Danny159

    Danny159 TPF Noob!

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    Hey,

    I have been taking photos of my girlfriend and she has asked me about making her skin like the models you see in magazines... I said im sure I can find out and have a go so here I am asking...

    So does anyone know how I can make a model effect on skin
    I have Adobe Photoshop CS3 so thats fine :)

    Can anyone help

    Danny
     
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    http://www.onlyphotoshop.com/video-tutorial/fashion-white-skin.php works for me.
     
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    Thanks guys
     
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    Oh man. Bad and worse. And I mean the first tutorial and the second.

    Using surface blur on any channel containing brightness information is a bad idea. It strips the image of detail. Your primary goal in skin retouching should be to smooth the skin while retaining as much detail as you can. Surface blur, in RGB at least, makes this more or less impossible, and at best gives plastic-looking results.

    As for that second tutorial, I don't even know what they hell they're on about.

    If you really want to do a good skin retouch here are a few hints, tips, and cardinal rules:
    1) Use the healing brush at very low opacity to remove obvious imperfections. 0% is common for me.
    2) Never surface blur a channel containing brightness information.
    3) Pay close attention to physiology. By that I mean bone structure and other lines.
    4) Use color dodge and burn to increase dimensional qualities of the face.
    5) Zoom in as much as you can without losing sight of the big picture.
    6) Sample a good, clean area of skin and create a texture brush to add it back into other areas if necessary.
    7) Take it easy on the sharpening. Pay more attention to apparent sharpness (contrast). Sharpening will create a lot of headaches for you if you need to up-size the image.
    8) Never ever ever forget color balance and tone separation. Making someone's face all the same shade of a given color will make it appear very flat.
     
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    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Hey I think you may have this all wrong here. A statement like that was just to prompt you to say "you already have beautiful skin honey" and drop it right there. As a bonus you can go and study later and then without telling her apply what you have learned.
     
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    RyanLilly No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Alpha has already stated the best way to do it, But you may find some useful actions at ActionCentral, If your into shortcuts. But really If you have photoshop you might as well learn to use it, and use it to its full potential, and then create you own actions that fit your style.
     

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