Smooth Skin for your Fantasy Renders

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Just a way to get your models' skin to look nice in a fantasy render (bearing in mind that beauty IS in the eyes of the beholder :)). So if you like what you see in my galleries, here's how you can achieve it...:)

randalthor2 on 6:38AM Tue, 30 August 2005

Page 1 - Disclaimers :)

Ok, not to bore you or anything but here's to whom the tutorial does or doesn't apply as the case may be :) Take a minute to read thru please; perhaps you'll save some time, or hair from getting pulled out, or hate mails to me etc hehe :D

1. Definitely NOT for those trying to achieve realism :). No, I don't have anything against it, in fact I admire you guys who are willing to wait for those realistic renders. I have neither the skills nor patience for it unfortunately :p

2. Also perhaps not for you guys who like to work big, I mean really big. The reason, most skin nowadays are created for realism (photorealistic skin, so the ad goes), so they have dots, freckles, blemishes showing up. This may interfere with the smoothing process I do. But if you guys are the type who actually have the dedication to airbrush your figures all over, you could give it a shot.

3. Maybe this tutorial is best read with my lighting tutorial. I normally work under the lighting I described in it. So, no guarantees with other types of lighting.

4. I won't be concentrating on the face, that would cover another mini tutorial :).

5. You'll need Photoshop :). I've no idea how to use PSP or any other paint programs :p.

That's it, let's go and get some smooth skin :)

Tutorial Comments

ghosh  11:09AM Mon, 06 August 2007 put up more tutorials.

shanpoo  12:17PM Tue, 27 February 2007

I am truly grateful for this tutorial! You have made a huge difference in my artwork!! I appreciate your knowledge and charity for sharing this tutorial!

aella  9:32AM Sun, 30 July 2006

I love this tutorial now I use these steps or variations of them everytime I do post work it really makes a difference.

OutsideTheBox  9:10PM Mon, 10 July 2006

this is the best postwork tutorial ive read. the steps are easy and subtle on there own but add up for a real difference in skin tones. thanks!!!!!!

mastercraft  6:16PM Thu, 16 March 2006

I havn/t noticed where your paint daubs were done in the final image . Thanks

pokehamtaro  5:45PM Thu, 16 February 2006

Dangit yo...your tutorials are making things seem so easy...

JanZ  2:32AM Fri, 10 February 2006

Thanks man, you really made things clearer for me!

locust9  6:57PM Thu, 08 December 2005

Very helpful thanks!

ByteDreams  8:03AM Sun, 23 October 2005

Good tips, thanks.

SkyeWolf  8:50PM Tue, 13 September 2005

You know I wondered how you got such soft but vivid looks for your artwork. Now I know! Thank you this will be a great help!

Lady-Muck  9:09AM Fri, 09 September 2005

thanks so much for that!

alan42  12:50AM Fri, 09 September 2005

thanks Randal - I haven't tended to use PhotoShop in the past, but now I'll definitely give it and those layers a go! Cheers - Alan

Tom-Noddy  9:23AM Wed, 07 September 2005

I haven't done my first render yet, but now that I've read both of your tutorials I am a little bit more comfident. Thanks.

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