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    Skin tones from movie posters
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    I am wondering how to make this almost "painted look" like this:
    http://www.moviesonline.ca/movie_posters.php?id=12350

    I'm talking about those strikingly "artificial" skin tones you can see on many movie posters. For example:
    http://www.impawards.com/2008/curiou...tton_ver3.html
    http://www.impawards.com/2008/tropic_thunder_ver4.html
    http://www.impawards.com/2007/harry_...nix_ver10.html
    http://www.impawards.com/tv/nine_o_two_one_o_ver3.html
    http://www.impawards.com/tv/fringe_ver8.html

    I don't know how to describe it (sorry, english is not my first language), I like the way how the color on the skin affects only certain tones. I tried to play with layer blending (BW + color balance)... I know how to retouch blemishes and wrinkles, but I never manage to do color tone like this. I suppose it has to be a common technique, since I see it on so may posters or advertising/fashion pictures. Can somebody tell me how to achieve color tone from one of these poster (no matter which one)? I'll be very grateful for this!


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    Software like Portrait Professional http://www.portraitprofessional.com/gallery/
    do that (and much more) with a view mouse clicks.

    I think most of the movie posters are revamped photos/compositings, done by verry skilled artists.

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    Yes, but they must use some technique. I suppose most of them are using Photoshop. Anyway, I'll look at the software you recommended.
    I'm only talking about the color of skin tones of people on these posters (not the whole compositings).


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    It seems Portrait Professional is mainly for retouching and not for color enhancements I'm talking about.


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    Here is a quick and dirty 3 minute example what it can do.
    Not already a movie poster quality, but as a first step.

    I overdone it a bit to make clear what I mean.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Postmaster View Post
    Here is a quick and dirty 3 minute example what it can do.
    Not already a movie poster quality, but as a first step.

    I overdone it a bit to make clear what I mean.

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    Nice! And from here it is on to color grading. I messed around with the finished pic, duplicated the layer, slapped the sepia action on the top layer, blurred it, set it to soft light, and then added a global Level for a high and gamma bump, and the results for that fast of a tweak were pretty impressive.

    Downloaded the demo, and am installing now.
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    Wow that's amazing. I'll be downloading the demo too.
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    You can do such retouching in Photoshop too, that's not what I'm looking for. I'm struggling with the color part...


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    Those images were all shot with powerful soft frontal sources super high key or possibly with some sort of ring flash. Some of them have some soft "sculptural lighting" from the sides, too, and large soft kickers for the hair. The saturation and contrast are then added in post.

    I can't guess the full set up, but a lot of soft light on face and hair and a lot of fill would be a good start. Then you'd do your normal airbrushing, then adjust contrast similar to HDR imagery. This look is popular in hip-hop videos, where you might use a lot of chimeras, kinoflos, or briese lights. A similar look could be achieved with just a ring flash but you'd have to add a backlight to get depth and soft kickers in the hair to get that sheen.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Policar View Post
    Those images were all shot with powerful soft frontal sources super high key or possibly with some sort of ring flash. Some of them have some soft "sculptural lighting" from the sides, too, and large soft kickers for the hair. The saturation and contrast are then added in post.

    I can't guess the full set up, but a lot of soft light on face and hair and a lot of fill would be a good start. Then you'd do your normal airbrushing, then adjust contrast similar to HDR imagery. This look is popular in hip-hop videos, where you might use a lot of chimeras, kinoflos, or briese lights. A similar look could be achieved with just a ring flash but you'd have to add a backlight to get depth and soft kickers in the hair to get that sheen.
    nailed it. - i know, for sure, that lighting is 3/4 or more of the battle.
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