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Glamour Portraits Tutorial by runofthemill Glamour Portraits Tutorial by runofthemill
This is basically the making of Surface Finish

For those who do glam edits, I'd like to know what you do different.
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dornensplitter Featured By Owner Sep 19, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks Very helpful!
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mo5a Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2008
w3333
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utawoutau Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2007
helpful, thx dude. i just need patience, ha...
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suxpop Featured By Owner Oct 22, 2007  Hobbyist
cool!!
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Oct 30, 2007
Thanks, hope you find it useful!
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Jagath Featured By Owner Aug 7, 2007   General Artist
nice work...thank you
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battousai-senpai Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2007
Wow. This is probably THE best glamour tutorial I've read D:
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Jun 7, 2007
Thank you!
I hope you find it useful in your glamour endeavours!
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tephraim4 Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
thanks for ur reply! :)

However I must say, looking at the pic (ignoring the black lines), i really dont see how it is not 'smooth'... Hmm

WOuld u be able to send me the whole picture after gausian blur? 1 with the black lines, and one without? Just for comparison and also to train my eyes!

This is something that I've always been interested in (photo retouching), and I've never come across a tutorial that really gives this 'fashion-front-cover-look'. The technique i used is basically a gausian blur, then set opacity to a level that satifies. Gives a really nice soft look. Your result seem to retain facial definitions and really a flawless skin.

Anyway, hope to hear from ya again.
TE
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runofthemill Featured By Owner May 1, 2007
The airbrushing smoothes out whatever the gaussian blur leaves behind. Yea, the difference is very subtle, I'll try to make you a comparisson picture when I get to my home comp. (give me 4-5 days).
Retaining the facial definitions is the result of erasing the gaussian blur layer in areas of sharp detail and then hand-brushing that area until flawless. The smaller the work area - the smaller the brush size.
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tephraim4 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
wow, this is the effect i've always wanted to achieve...!! :O

However, I am really having a hard time wid the airbrushing part. I am not grasping the concept of it :( Where do u actually airbrush??? I seemed to start of wid one area then next thing I know i'm brushing all over the face and end up wid a one-dimensional look... hope u understand. Please help if you could... :(

Thanks for the tut!
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2007
You airbrush wherever the skin is not smooth, see pic #6, brush the black "lines" into smooth curves. If you are getting a 1-D look, try using a soft brush with lower opacity (from 15-30%, never more). You also have to constantly resample your colour (/w colour picker). Resample your colour every two-three brush strokes.
Practice makes perfect :). Cheers
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C0MB0SP4M Featured By Owner Dec 5, 2007
I don't see why I can't use the blur tool where I want to. I admit I'm new, AND I'm working on a 72 dpi picture, but I don't see what good the airbrushing is doing when my blur tool usage makes the skin look smooth. Sage advice?
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Dec 13, 2007
I've never tried to use blur instead of airbrushing. I guess that would work also to some extent. You get more control with airbrushing in terms of depth of shading of the face. Whenever you blur you are only using the tones of the pixels in vicinity of the blur, whereas when you airbrush, you have more freedom to bring in lighter/darker shades. Show me some examples, maybe I'll be able to shed some critique. Cheers
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tephraim4 Featured By Owner Apr 29, 2007
wow, this is the effect i've always wanted to achieve...!! :O

However, I am really having a hard time wid the airbrushing part. I am not grasping the concept of it :( Where do u actually airbrush??? I seemed to start of wid one area then next thing I know i'm brushing all over the face and end up wid a one-dimensional look... hope u understand. Please help if you could... :(

Thanks for the tut!
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MYSOTiS Featured By Owner Mar 14, 2007
great work!
but in this way
you've create a cyborg!

he's no more a human!

:XD: =P
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
Cyborg ? :) No! God's gift to women? Maybe :)
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MYSOTiS Featured By Owner Mar 15, 2007
maybe

:rofl:

I prefer a good imprefections

;) :D
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EshianFulika Featured By Owner Jan 11, 2007  Hobbyist Digital Artist
oo nice, I'll make great use of this tutorial
thanks for making it ^_^
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runofthemill Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2007
Thanks for the :+fav: !
Part of this tutorial is thanks to you, so give yourself a high-five !

Cheers
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gonejustlikebefore Featured By Owner May 25, 2006  Professional Artist
excellent tutorial. very very helpful! well done! x
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matic Featured By Owner May 19, 2006  Professional Filmographer
Very useful approach, thanks so much for sharing! :)
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runofthemill Featured By Owner May 19, 2006
Pleasure always! Thanks for checking out the gallery
Cheers
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SunIsRising Featured By Owner May 18, 2006  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Stunning! I knew a bit of this and that, but the difference you achieve amazes me xD
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Plastic-Puppets Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Nice! Very Nice! I don't do glam portraits or anything but I do the same kinda thing - just messing around. I use the ''Edit in quick mask mode'' and the ''Gaussian Blur'' then add noise...works the same but the finished picture doesn't look as great as yours! :)
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runofthemill Featured By Owner May 17, 2006
Yea, I recently started using the Gaussian Blur as the basis for the airbrushing layer, and it works pretty well.
Thanks for comment
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cristyen Featured By Owner May 14, 2006
Amazing! I know a few quick tricks of my own, but this is by far the best-looking.
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RedVelvetRecluse636 Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
Wow! Great tutorial, and amazing use of what I would have thought would be a useless photograph (no offense) because of the quality, etc. Now I know how to make almost any photo look great! ^0^
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runofthemill Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
Haha, no offense taken. This goes to show that even mortals can glam :)
But a photo taken in the way as I described (with ambient/atmospheric light) can be quite useful for all styles of art. I used this photo for my devID, and it combines 3 totally different styles.
Thanks for +fav, 110% appreciated

Cheers
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SterlingStrunks Featured By Owner May 11, 2006
thanks you :handshake:
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runofthemill Featured By Owner May 12, 2006
Welcome, I'm glad if you found it useful.
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