Today I will discuss about “The byRo Method”. Let’s start
The byRo Method is ideal when the subject has beautiful skin, hasn’t worn makeup, and needs just that tiny bit of evening out. The byRo Method, named after the retoucher who invented it, is particularly effective for quick, overall smoothing that retains skin texture.
Sometimes, skin needs an overall touch-up. It could be in addition to the other two techniques we’ve looked at or in place of frequency separation. Like frequency separation, the byRo Method is very technical to set up, but the reward is worth the effort.
Step – 1
First create a new layer as you did for Frequency Separation. Duplicate the Layer by clicking Ctrl+J.
Step – 2
Select the duplicate layer, and go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. You will not be applying this blur; you are using this step to determine the settings you will need further on. Adjust the radius in the Gaussian Blur dialogue box until the skin smoothies out and any variation in skin tone goes away. Note the radius you selected and then Cancel the dialogue to finish without applying the blur.
Step – 3
Now apply High Pass filter. Go to Filter > Other > High Pass. In the High Pass dialogue box, enter the radius you selected when testing the Gaussian Blur in step 2. Apply the High Pass filter.
Step – 4
Now apply blur to the High Pass layer. Go to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. This time, your radius will be about one-third of whatever radius you used for the High Pass filter. For example, if your setting for the High Pass filter was a radius of 6 pixels, use a radius of 2 pixels for the Gaussian Blur.
Step – 5
Now Invert the High Pass layer. Go to Image > Adjustments > Invert or press Ctrl + I. Change the layer blending mode to Linear Light. Lower the opacity of the layer to 40 to 50%.
Step – 6
Mask out the whole layer and select a small to medium, soft brush. Set the brush opacity to 50% and the color to white, and begin to paint in skin that needs smoothing. Do not paint in areas with details, such as eyes, nose, hair, and lips. Also, do not paint in around the edge of the face.
Step – 7
To achieve beautiful skin, consider these two final steps to finish your work.
If your image still has blemishes use Spot Healing Brush Tool or Patch Tool to remove those. If you use Spot Healing Brush Tool, Place your brush over the top of the blemish and just click. Don’t sweep, paint, or make several clicks on top of each other. Move around the face, clicking away the obvious blemishes. Re-sample as you move over different areas of the face.
Apply a Hue Adjustment layer. Press Ctrl + U to adjust.
- Select Reds and increase the Hue around +1 to +3
- Select the Yellow and decrease the Saturation between -5 to -10
- Select Master and lower the Saturation down a tiny bit between -1 to -7 set the lightness to +1
Adjusting skin color by eye takes practice, especially if you are working on a skin tone or color unfamiliar to you. The Hue Adjustment layer can be revisited and tweaked, so don’t be afraid to play with settings until you are able to get skin that looks natural and healthy.
Now we have the final image. Look at this.
And there you have the three techniques to help you achieve beautiful, natural-looking photo skin retouching. A Touch-Up Layer will help you deal with noticeable blemishes and spots. Frequency Separation will help you correct a number of issues while still preserving skin texture.
And byRo’s Method will give you an opportunity to do some overall smoothing and brightening. Use one or two or all three techniques as needed, but consider always starting with a Touch-Up Layer to make the rest of your touch-up work easier and more effective. Hope you have enjoyed the series.