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How do you deal with "hot" skin areas?

 
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Dec 18, 2007 00:22 |  #1

Hi everyone,

I've been coming across this problem a fair bit lately.


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Areas of skin that are very glowy.

What's the best way of dealing with these areas? I'm using Photoshop.

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Dec 18, 2007 01:02 |  #2

It looks natural to me. Turn on highlight recover in ACR is you want to.


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Dec 18, 2007 10:28 |  #3

Try Lab mode. Copy layer, the new layer in color blend mode.
When you paint on the new layer, only the colors from a and b channel will be used in the blend, the lightness will be taken from the background layer. You can also use the dodge tool.

You can supplement with blend if, and dampen the effect with opacity slider.




  
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Dec 18, 2007 11:20 |  #4

You can also go to your clone tool. First, pick a smooth edge brush and change the mode to darken and lower the opacity to around 30-40%. You then alt+click on a nearby area of skin that is normal in tone and exposure. Then using that sample you can paint over the highlight areas which will cause all the pixels ligher than the sample you took to become darker. If the adjustment is not dark enough, you can continue to paint over the area or try increasing the opacity level. If it is too dark, you can choose a lighter area of skin to sample or try decreasing the opacity.


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Dec 18, 2007 16:33 |  #5

tim wrote in post #4525788 (external link)
It looks natural to me.

Come again? Perhaps if she was wearing a bright orange shirt, it might be natural to expect bright orange reflections on the skin. But considering it's a brown shirt ...

tim wrote in post #4525788 (external link)
Turn on highlight recover in ACR is you want to.

Alas, I've got these images second-hand as CMYK tiffs - untagged, to make it worse! I'm assigning the best profile I can find, then converting back to RGB and going from there. It's no fun ...


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Dec 18, 2007 17:43 |  #6

Damo77 wrote in post #4529920 (external link)
Come again? Perhaps if she was wearing a bright orange shirt, it might be natural to expect bright orange reflections on the skin. But considering it's a brown shirt ...

If you're talking the underside of her chin, try this little "cheat," without having to venture into Lab.

1) Click the foreground picker on a skin tone that is pleasing to you
2) Hit "B" for brush
3) Set a brush size that you like, with opacity/fill that suits you
4) Change mode from "Normal" to "Color"
5) Paint over the offending area

Basically, what you're doing is keeping luminosity the same on the affected areas and changing the color. You should do this in a duplicate layer for maximum flexibility if you screw up.




  
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