Recently I have been doing some internet courses and learning how to retouch skin. There are so many ways to do it, and I guess eventually what you have to do is work out which one works best for you. Today I thought I would try a couple of different ways.
This is the image I decided to use. I took this shoot the other day in the city when we were just sitting around. She liked it, so I thought I had a winner there. I have been looking for some images that I could do some skin retouching on, and I thought this one would be good. So I just processed this in Camera Raw as I do with most images. The other obvious problem was her sisters face in the side, so I thought a square crop would work best.
I tried using Joel Grimes technique for skin retouching. I think it is a little harsh, and she really didn’t like it. I like aspects of it, but she thought the eyes were too intense. I did try to explain to her that her eyes are intense in this image. It is funny when you look at only this one, it looks okay, but then when I compare it with the next one I did, it does look strange.
This one is a lot softer and I used a different technique, I did some of what Joel did but left out some of the steps in the beginning. She still thinks the eyes are too much, but she doesn’t seem to realise her eyes are like that.
It isn’t perfect, but it is interesting. I am trying to learn frequency separation. I have just purchased another workshop and am working my way through it. It has lots of tips for skin retouching.
I think if I want to do portraits then I need to learn as much about skin retouching as I can. I will put the above images in a gallery so you can see them separate from the writing.