One for HHCC

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One for HHCC

Any, HHCC I would love & appreciate. Me and skin, ugh. I'm on a mission and feel like I've done a million tutorials this week. Color cast, wb, curves, I feel like it's kind of clicking. I think I've caught the obsessed bug. I'm definitely getting calibrated this Christmas, that and grey card for my stocking!

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I think it's a great shot. He looks a little orange to me, but I'm not calibrated, so take that with a grain of salt.
I totally get the obsessed bug, but feel so overwhelmed at the same time!

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awesome catchlights, focus looks great!

but he does seem orange to me too ... which I think indicates that your reds are off. I'm overdue for bed, otherwise I'd take a stab at it.

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Great shot, yep a little orange on my screen too but otherwise good! great comp and catchlights too!

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I really like the composition on this and your focus looks spot on with great catchlights. I am not calibrated but am also seeing orange/red. The darks looks just a smidge too dark, the detail is hard to make out, kwim?

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Ditto what everyone else said! Smile

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Thanks girls, yep, I'm seeing the orange! And I see the blacks thing too Kerry, that must be why it looks a little harsh, I couldn't quite figure it out!

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You've already heard about the orange, so no need to repeat. I'm calibrated and everything else looks really great here. Your focus, exposure, and composition are RIGHT ON THE MONEY (imho).

TFS!

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Yes...you heard about orange...but it's not orange...it's magenta and red. What makes this skin case particularly difficult is that his chin is much more magenta than his forehead and his forehead is also much darker. I've done some work to even the skin tone.

In a color balance layer, I reduced the red and magenta and added a touch of yellow. It helped the overall magenta cast, but there was still evening to do, so I used the eyedropper tool to select some color from his chin and with the paintbrush tool set to hue I painted over his forehead. I then set the paintbrush to luminosity with a VERY low opacity and painted over his forehead to lighten it up. I also used the paintbrush on saturation over the darkest patches. I then did the same thing to the chin using a color sample from the center of his forehead. This really helped to even his skin tone.

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not calibrated but esp around the forehead seems a bit uneven. awesome focus on the eyes though and I like the comp

"kris10gal" wrote:

feel like I've done a million tutorials this week.

Curious which tutorial you've done? Are you just following along as you do your photo or did you find tutorials that let you practice with a certain file? If you don't mind sharing I'd love to know more about them thx

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Amber, just curious, could you have done a quick mask of his forehead and did selective coloring? I am scared to paint... lol

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"EL2" wrote:

Amber, just curious, could you have done a quick mask of his forehead and did selective coloring? I am scared to paint... lol

I don't know...I don't do that much with selective coloring. Usually I just use selective coloring for colors that are really out of whack....but I find that it's not as even as painting. Don't be afraid to paint..just use really low opacity and paint with a light hand.

The nice thing about painting is that I don't have to figure out where to put the sliders...I just select the spot I want the skin to look more like and paint lightly using the various brush options.

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Thank you soooo much Amber! That was actually part of my original question that I was forgot to ask about skin softening without using an action or portraiture. Thank you, thank you. I swear, if I didn't live in norcal I would pay you to be my mentor. So, when you do the color balance layer, I'm assuming you only mask his face so it doesn't affect the shirt color?

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"kris10gal" wrote:

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Thank you soooo much Amber! That was actually part of my original question that I was forgot to ask about skin softening without using an action or portraiture. Thank you, thank you. I swear, if I didn't live in norcal I would pay you to be my mentor. So, when you do the color balance layer, I'm assuming you only mask his face so it doesn't affect the shirt color?

In this instance I let everything be affected by the color balance layer because the entire picture was a tad too magenta. But if only the skin is a problem...then yes, I'd mask out everything except the skin.

The effect isn't exactly skin softening...but it is a way to even out the skin tone. For skin softening I actually do use an action..but before I purchased the action I now use, I made my own.

For my old skin softening, I'd duplicate the background and do a Gaussian blur of that layer until the skin looked smooth and even. Then I add a touch of noise to the image to keep it from looking plastic and fake. Then mask and invert the mask to hide the effect. Then use the white paintbrush to un-mask the parts of the skin that you want to smooth. It works great...not as good as the action I purchased from Totally Rad (pro retouch) but it's free and effective.

ETA: I know my edit is a touch too yellow...I managed to work on the color of that image while my calibration was turned off. DOH! I'll fix it later.

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Thank you so so much for explaining!!!

And LJ, I forgot to answer your question. I've just been searching ilp posts/tutorials and I did end up purchasing a Jessica Sprague Good to Great Workflow class. I have Scott Kelby's book which is basically the same thing, but I learn better and much quicker when I can just see and hear someone. I just get bored reading a book and forget it quickly. Once you purchase a class you can watch it whenever, although I'm finding I never need to, so much easier to remember!

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I just want to say that you are doing really well. I enjoy watching you progress! Biggrin