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Mar 27, 2015 22:29 |  #1

Here's a photo of my wife that I processed with Lightroom and Photoshop.

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What is the best way to blend that dark area of her forehead so it doesn't look so blotchy? I've tried cloning and patch tool and the healing tool in photoshop but none of them makes it look any good.

Here's the original. You can see that its due to her skin and the poor lighting I have set up. Any suggestions is greatly appreciated since I would love to learn a new technique for future photos.


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Mar 27, 2015 23:25 |  #2

See if you like this. It's the best that I can do with the low-res JPEG.



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Mar 27, 2015 23:43 |  #3

Google frequency separation retouching. That would definitely help with the blotchiness


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Mar 28, 2015 09:21 |  #4

This is after a moderate use of PortraitPro with no brightness correction:


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Mar 28, 2015 14:05 |  #5

Thank you everyone for your replies and ideas. I will look into the separation frequency techniques.


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Mar 28, 2015 14:37 |  #6

Dodge & Burn. Well, in this case, specifically Dodge and not Burn.

In Lightroom:
1. Go over all her skin (including shoulders) with adjustment brush on high flow using the Soften Skin preset, but scale it back by half so that it's only -50 clarity and +12 sharpness. Maybe even less since she's got nice skin already.
2. Then start a new adjustment brush, start with the Dodge preset (+0.23 exposure), add some +shadows (maybe +30?) and a little more -clarity (maybe -25). Use a low flow (maybe 3/10) and medium feather, and brush it on to the areas you want to lighten and even out. If you do too much, you can hold down Alt to make an erase brush, or just click on the "Erase" option under the brush selection. If that's not doing quite enough, you can increase the +shadows a bit.

Some tips:
- Don't use Auto Mask on skin, ever. Auto Mask is generally pretty stupid. The only time I've ever found it useful, is if you're trying to be relatively precise along a high-contrast edge, you can brush way over the edge, then use Erase with Auto Mask turned on, to clean off the areas that you don't want the adjustment, and get a relatively clean edge.

- I've saved over my original Soften Skin preset with the updated (halved) one. -100 Clarity is almost always too much.

- Tap "O" to toggle the mask visibility on and off, so you can see exactly where you brushed on the adjustment.

- You can use the same instance of that Dodge brush to lighten and reshape a variety of places - after you've cleaned up the forehead, do a little on the chin too. TBH, she doesn't need much at all.

Here's a Lightroom retouch where I did something similar - I used the adjustment brush to eliminate dark circles under eyes, as well as the rest of the retouch. If you search that thread for my posts, I've put about a half-dozen portrait retouches in there.
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Mar 28, 2015 14:56 |  #7

Thanks Nathan! Just checked out the reference link and it looks amazing! I didn't know you could do so much with just LR. Will definitely look more into this!


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Mar 28, 2015 23:12 |  #8

Healing brush, clone tool, freq. separation, inverted high pass to taste, minor dodge and burn; in that order (at least that's how I'd approach it).




  
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Mar 28, 2015 23:14 |  #9

agedbriar wrote in post #17495301 (external link)
This is after a moderate use of PortraitPro with no brightness correction:

Looks worse than the original IMO


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Mar 29, 2015 00:12 |  #10

May we have a 100% crop of her forehead?


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Mar 29, 2015 04:27 |  #11

Portraits aren't my thing but a quick edit in Aperture


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Mar 29, 2015 11:49 |  #13

My attempt. It'd be better on the original, but.....

Simple d&b on a softlight layer, a slight curves adj, and slight warming filter.


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