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Movie star looks

Feb 20, 2012 8:11 PM

I want to create the movie star glow. Take lines out and make the face younger.  How can I do this without buying Portrait Professional.

Thank You, Penni


 
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    Feb 20, 2012 7:51 PM   in reply to pennipeter

    There are lots of tutorials on the web for "removing wrinkles"  Here is one LINK from photoshop that might get you started. 

     
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    Feb 20, 2012 7:51 PM   in reply to pennipeter

    Hi Pennipeter

     

    Try onOne's free version of PhotoTools 2.6, there's an effect in there called "Model Skin," and that will get you started. This is, by the way, completely free and won't time out, plus you can upgrade to other products in the range at a discounted price.

     

    Good luck

    Paul

     
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    Feb 20, 2012 9:04 PM   in reply to pennipeter

    It's called "retouching"....you can do that in Photoshop if you learn how. Is that what you are asking?

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 9:47 AM   in reply to pennipeter

    One effect is the "gauze softening filter" or "glamorous glow" look...

     

    http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/9/97/ChristineChapel.jpg

     

    This one's fairly easy - Make a new layer, Gaussian Blur, then mix it back with the original layer using partial opacity.

     

    Softened.jpg

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:45 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    You've got the technique a bit wrong, you don't just reduce the opacity at the final stage, you set the blend mode of the layer to either Soft Light or Overlay, here's with Overlay and ~90% opacity:

    Softened2.jpg

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:48 AM   in reply to Zeno Bokor

    Depends what you want to do (I like the softening), but yours is good too!  Thanks for the additional suggestion, Zeno.

     

    -Noel

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 11:28 AM   in reply to Noel Carboni

    I'd never go with just Gaussian blur for softening because it's a dumb filter, it doesn't know the good details from the bad ones. If you want an easy way to soften skin then use Filter->Blur->Surface blur followed up by minor masking.

     

    Personally, for skin smoothing i prefer a more complex technique: duplicate layer, Invert, set blend mode to Vivid Light, use Gaussian Blur and raise until you start to see the pores and the like. You'll now have a ugly grayish image and what filter makes gray disappear? Filter->Other->High Pass which you set based on how smooth you want the skin to be. As the final adjustment mask out the effect in the essential details: eyes, mouth, etc.

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 7:59 PM   in reply to pennipeter

    Noel,

     

    Thanks for the Majel Barrett photo!

    I'll never forget Nurse Chapel.

    Brings back memories. . .

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 8:54 PM   in reply to Zeno Bokor

    For a soft focus look: Lighten or Screen, then dial back the opacity.

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 9:46 PM   in reply to Chris Cox

    Chris,

     

    Would you mind elaborating a bit?  Do you do this on a separate layer, a duplicate of the background layer, after applying a blur filter? 

     

    Also, in Lightroom, I can paint with the adjustment brush set to Clarity -100 for a nice soft skin look.  What would be the closest equivalent in PS?

     

    Thanks....

     

    John

     
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    Feb 21, 2012 10:54 PM   in reply to John Blaustein

    Same as before: duplicate the layer, blur, set blend mode to Lighten or Screen, then dial back the opacity to taste.

     

    In Photoshop, Clarity -100 would be blurring a copy of the layer, adding a layer mask and painting in which parts you want blurry.

     
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  • John Blaustein
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    Feb 22, 2012 7:51 AM   in reply to Chris Cox

    Thanks, Chris!

     

    John

     
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