Photoshop help

Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by ajmall, Nov 11, 2005.

  1. ajmall

    ajmall TPF Noob!

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    Can someone tell me how to smooth and tone down the highlights on paul's forehead please? I am quite experienced at photoshop but everything I've tried just doesn't quite work. I'm using CS2

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  2. Johnboy2978

    Johnboy2978 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    If I couldn't find anything else that worked like the healing brush maybe, I'd try using the clone tool and select another area on the forehead close to that area and keep at it until it blended in.

    Actually, if you take the eyedropper and select a color close to the area you want to fix, and then use the brush tool, normal mode, and about 50% opacity, it looks decent
     
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    Digital Matt alter ego: Analog Matt

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    Duplicate your background layer, and use the clone tool to smooth it out. Low opacty, feathered brush.

    Lower the opacity of the layer when you are done to let some of the original texture back in. Makes it look less fake. Then if you want/need, duplicate the layer again, run a 6 pixel gaussian blur, and set the layer opacity to 50%. Mask off everything but the face, and then mask off the eybrows, eyes, and lips. This leaves the skin nicely blurred and soft. Adjust the layer opacity again as need. I usually will drop it down around 25-35%.
     
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    thanks, i understand 99% of what you guys said but can you explain using the clone tool as I have never used it before (even though I know it's very useful!)
     
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    bump!
     
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    Spot healing brush, a little hue adjustment and a neat plugin by kodak called digital brush.
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    ooo nice, looks a bit fake but I'm sure i can tweak it.

    Thanks for the link, and yes i probably should have pulled my finger out and found it myself!
     
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    I agree. The Kodak plugin can easily be overdone. A full length portrait with only certain selections is what it is best suited for. Full frontals like yours would have probably benefitted more with a slight guasian blur.
     
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    DocFrankenstein Clinically Insane?

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    HAHAHA Dave - now THAT's flat!

    Ajmall - take the flash off the camera.
     
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    I personally think skin grafts are the easiest way to fix litle problems like this. Its much more realistic to use existing skin/data than to fabricate using cloning that doesn't always look very good on things with higher detail.

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    i'm saving for some bowens lights! i have to make do with what I have unfortunately...
     

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