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Velvety / Painterly effect v2

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Following on from hnicholson post on Feb 2nd where he wanted to emulate Winterwood photography (who did your raw and levels classes)

I'd love to try to emulate that beautiful skin texture.


Here are three photos of my daughter with varying amounts of light on her face, just basic raw tweaks.






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i know the first images were not matched very well, but thank you for whatever help you can offer.

what about any of these photos from Lisa Visse, the one with the hat has shadows down the left hand side.

Can you give any insight into finished look, i know it's cleaner skin and a texture on the background on some of them.


I've  darkened my image a little bit (perhaps too much) and i've cleaned up the shadows  with colour and luminance

Is this any better to work with?


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I do really appreciate your feedback, thank you.

I will shoot again but i won't be able to do it until next weekend unfortunately, sigh...

In the meantime are you able to give me a pointer in changing the lighting please, as i think i'm a bit lost, i do think that this image of mine is similar in lighting to this one of Lisa Visser.



sorry there are two files attached, i can't figure out how to delete one, and the second has had colour and luminance tweaked and shadows lifted a little.



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No it's not, look at the how the light is falling on her face.  In particular, look at the camera-left side of the mouth in Lisa's photo and in yours.

I would say that Lisa is using a much bigger light source that you are, but you would need to seek advice from a photographer about that.  All I know is that the angle of your light is too far around to the side.

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Hello again, i finally persuaded my child that it was a good idea to sit on a stool and look grumpy at me.
As you can see she simply adored doing this for me.

...anyway though i tried to recreate the lighting for this shot from this gorgeous one by Winterwood Photography and hopefully it's similar enough for you to be able to give some feedback.

I can upload a higher res version if you like.

I would love to know how to create the painterly look that appears with this shot and other shots by Lisa Visser, i'd then like to play around in my own style.
I love how creamy it is and how it seems completely timeless.

Thanks for any help



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I got the Levels layers the wrong way around.  The first layer (should have been "Levels 1") is on Soft Light blend mode, with the middle slider aggressively to the left at 3.00.

The second layer (should have been "Levels 2") is on Normal blend mode, with the sliders thus:

  • Red channel: 14/1.06/248 and 0/255
  • Green channel: 0/1.04/255 and 5/253
  • Blue channel: 0/0.97/255 and 14/249

Then I Placed the texture layer (File>Place, remember, never copy and paste).  I dabbled with blend modes, and found that "Lighten" worked best.  It probably will for you too, but no guarantees.  You might need to experiment like I did.  Then I masked it on very gently.

Because my texture was a bit too sharp, I had to apply blur to it.  You might not need to do this.  Likewise, its colour was kinda too green, so I clipped a Hue/Saturation layer to it and shifted the Hue slider a bit until it was the colour I wanted.  Again, you might not need to do this; or you might need to do it even more than I did.

Hope this helps.

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