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Sometimes the skin we render in Poser just doesn't look “right.” Ya know what I mean? Well, there's a simple post work solution to that. :) Of course, this doesn't fix having bad textures to start with or other major flaws, but if there's too much of a shadow or blotchiness to your skin, this is how I take care of it.
What You Need:
Your Poser render (or photograph with bad skin)
Used in this tutorial:
Poser 4 Pro Pack
Victoria 3 by DAZ
Breonna by serpentis
Alicia Curls by RDNA
Alicia Stylez by serpentis
Jewelry from Freestuff at Renderosity
This image was written in Photoshop 7, but can translate to most Photoshop versions. I'm not sure if this way can be done in Paint Shop Pro or other similar photo editors.
If you have any questions or comments, please feel free to e-mail me or contact me at any of the sites I frequent (3D Commune, Renderosity, Poser Pros and DeviantArt), username: serpentis.
Invert (Ctrl+I) the layer copy and desaturate (Ctrl+Alt-U). Your image should look similar to this now:
With the layer mask selected, go Image/Apply Image and use the following settings:
To soften the image a bit more, I've added a Gaussian Blur to the duplicated layer. (Filter/Blur/Gaussian Blur)
Now that we've lost a wee bit of depth, let's create a Curves Layer to bring some of those shadows back. Click on the background layer and then on the little Circle that's half black, half white at the bottom of the layer palette.