Retouching: Oily Skin
I told you that definitely use a larger light source, bring it in closer, spread out the highlight, make the specular highlights not so bright. But let's say that you were shooting at a wedding, and it didn't happen. You were shooting with a flash-on camera, and people were sweating, and you know how it is. So. So there's some things I can do in post to help me out with this. And it's some of the things we've talked about already, I just wanna show you another application of it. One of the things we can do is I already talked about. when we're filling in the wrinkles on the subject's face, I talked about using a lighten blend mode to fill in those shadows. But what happens if there's highlights I wanna get rid of? That's the opposite. So what we're gonna do is this time when I clone over, instead of using the lighten blend mode, we are gonna change the blend mode to darken. You wanna darken a highlight, change the blend mode to darken. For this particular photo, I did try it a bit, it ...
kinda works. Like, it's not fantastic, but it's really good, I find, for those bright highlights in the center of someone's nose, particularly the people with the more pronounced noses. It just gets a little bit bright. 'Cause what you can do is just tone it down just a little. You don't need to get rid of it completely. So in her instance, I can clone, and just like, not get rid of the highlight, but it made it a lot better. But it didn't give me that haze where it just looks like I blurred over it. So you can try that, it's one thing I would try. So changing your blend mode on your clone stamp to darken. So there is the before, after. Helps a bit. The other thing you can do, and I'm gonna delete that real quick to give you another option, one of the other things that I have found is one of the reasons that these highlights are objectionable is because they're pure white. It draws a lot of attention to them, 'cause everything else has a tone, and then those are specular, so specular's a reflection of the light, has no color tonality to it. So if I create a new layer, and I hold my option key, on the brush I can select that skin tone, and then I can paint that skin tone in over the top of it. Right now, I'm not in any blend mode. I just painted over the top, but I can back off the opacity so there's just a little bit of color, it's a lot better. It's the problem that it's pure white that really draws my attention. So it's some combination of those, I think helps quite a bit to tone down shiny skin.