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Skin tone....blending? I guess?

Aug 6, 2011, 23:46
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Skin tone....blending? I guess?
Ahoy hoy. Sorry if this question is already answered, but I've been searching the web and youtube most of the day trying to solve my problem. Basically, here's what I'm doing, and here's my problem: We always make fun of my dad for looking like a homeless wizard (long white hair, beard, etc.). So I'm trying to put his face on a picture of Gandalf from Lord of the Rings. So what I want to know is, what is the best way to match the skin tones? the pic of my dad is from a regular camera and the Gandalf pic is from google images (airbrushed, no doubt). Please, any suggestions would be helpful. I've already tried adjusting the contrast and smudging the images. (Please don't laugh. Still a noob. lol)
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Aug 7, 2011, 00:19
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RE: Skin tone....blending? I guess?
1) get acquainted with the HSV/HSL color model. Pretty well explained on Wikipedia:

2) In Gimp there is a "Pointer" dialog that tells you the RGB value of the pixel under the pointer. But you can also use it to obtain the HSV values. You can also use the Color Picker with some large sample average value to average the pixels on some part of the face (forehead...) and set the foreground color from it. You can then click on the foreground color to open the color selector, which will show you that color in RGB, but also in HSV. Do the same on the other face. Now you have two set of HSV values, and you can tell what kind of changes you have to apply to one of the color to transform it into the other.

3) By some miracle, Gimp has a Colors/Hue-Saturation dialog that will let you adjust HSV (do a selection on the face first to limit its action to the proper place. The figures obtained above are of course a rough idea of what should be done, you'll have to play a bit with the cursors, but you'll know where to look and avoid losing time at the wrong ends of the scales.

You may also have to play a bit with contrast. I assume you have already checked that the shadows in both images are about the same.

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Aug 7, 2011, 00:31
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RE: Skin tone....blending? I guess?
Gonna try that out. Will follow up. Thanks!
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