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Retouching Animal Fur In PS

Southern Gent

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I've used several methods of enhancing fur details in Ps, but always looking for the better idea. Anyone have a preferred method.
 

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I don't do much retouching of the fur or feathers..
When shooting, I attempt to get the aperture and shutter speed right. I believe those things help.
Any pp I usually do are overall.
 

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I don't do much retouching of the fur or feathers..
When shooting, I attempt to get the aperture and shutter speed right. I believe those things help.
Any pp I usually do are overall.
Despite lighting and DOF choices, it isn't always possible to ease the fine details out without PP. Using a hair brush is tedious, but layers that rely on frequency separation sometimes fall short.
 

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I would think if raw, then the texture slider in ACR (or Lightroom) would help enhance the look a lot.
 

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Tedious is what you have with anything that deals with hair/fur.
I used to make my own brushes and spend hours perfecting as much as possible but then I was getting paid for it. It's a matter of balancing how far to go for realistic effect without overkill.
 

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I would think if raw, then the texture slider in ACR (or Lightroom) would help enhance the look a lot.
My workflow starts in Lr where I get as much as possible nondestructive, but there's only so much you can do there.
 

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Tedious is what you have with anything that deals with hair/fur.
I used to make my own brushes and spend hours perfecting as much as possible but then I was getting paid for it. It's a matter of balancing how far to go for realistic effect without overkill.
So you're saying there's no shortcuts? I was afraid of that.
 

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My workflow starts in Lr where I get as much as possible nondestructive, but there's only so much you can do there.
I am finding the texture slider is way better, and more subtle, than the clarity settings.
 

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I am finding the texture slider is way better, and more subtle, than the clarity settings.
The Texture slider was originally supposed to be a way to soften skin, until they wondered what would happen if they went the other way. Course it's still a good way to do a little smoothing by sliding it to the negative side, but on the plus side the results aren't necessarily better then the Clarity slider, just a little less heavy handed and contrasty. I generally use both globally and occasionally in an adjustment brush. In Ps you can sometimes separate the high frequency details, and modifiy/enhance them on a seprate layer, but sometimes you don't have a choice but to use a brush.
 
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