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How can I make myself look "airbrushed" on Video like this girl?


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ok please look at this girl's video

this is (before) her digital transformation

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pay special attention to the tone of her skin and her face it looks like an average webcam video ...

but then suddenly as her videos got more popular and as she spent more and more time on her vids the quality of her videos drastically improved ALONG
with her physical appearance.

the lighting is extremely flattering it almost looks like an airbrushed picture how do u create this "airbrushed look" with a video program???


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Could possibly be that she got better at using makeup


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Could possibly be that she got better at using makeup

no its definitely not just the make up did u click on the video??
the lighting and the the colors and everything are completely different
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Just watched the videos. Doesn't look like any video editing to improve lighting or the girl's look, just seems as though there was physically better lighting, a better camera was used, and that the girl has changed her appearance through makeup and styling.


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Just watched the videos. Doesn't look like any video editing to improve lighting or the girl's look, just seems as though there was physically better lighting, a better camera was used, and that the girl has changed her appearance through makeup and styling.

ok thanks for your 2 cents kash

anyone else?
am i delusional to notice that theres obviously more going on in her videos than just a simple change of lighting?

better yet this video demonstrates it better

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(compare her face to the faces of the girls she uses in the video. hers looks exageratedly cartoonish while the others look "normal")
that cant be just simple lighting technique?

she uses all kinds of video editing techniques to enhance her videos.
i definitely dont think that its a simple case of "better lighting make up"

i think what im trying to say is what kind of filter is she using to give herself that high contrast "Blown out" look? u can see that whatever filter she is using on her face it looks almost like an extremely airbrushed picture

high contrast , strong colors, and the skin tone doesnt appear "normal" it appears almost video game cartoon like...

how would you achieve this thru simple lighting technique? surely there is some kind of effect she is using on a video editing program
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Kash is correct. The only major difference is the lighting.
Possibly a better camera as well, though lighting is one of the most crucial parts to a good quality video.
By no means is it a "simple" technique. Proper lighting can take a long time to set up, many times longer than the actual shooting time.
There are also things like setting white balance, iris settings, etc that make a video appear more "polished" than just a simple point and shoot recording.

The last video you posted used some very primitive and poorly done blue/green screening, but that wouldn't really contribute to the "airbrushed" look you are talking about.

It looks like a standard 3/4 point lighting set up with a very harsh key light and some bright fill lights. You can see this in the reflections in her eyes and glossy lips.

Software alone cannot increase video quality.
It's true that editing software can help with things like color correction and filters, but if the scene is lit properly, the need for editing of that nature will be minimal at best.

In short, the difference is a "simple" case of better lighting and makeup.
There is no software quick fix to improve an otherwise mediocre quality video.

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Also, it should be noted that the other girls look normal because their segments were shot in normal settings. As in, regular lighting, poor quality camera, and an obvious lack of makeup. If you applied the same lighting, makeup, and camera to those girls, they'd look quite similar.


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Kash is correct. The only major difference is the lighting.
Possibly a better camera as well, though lighting is one of the most crucial parts to a good quality video.
By no means is it a "simple" technique. Proper lighting can take a long time to set up, many times longer than the actual shooting time.
There are also things like setting white balance, iris settings, etc that make a video appear more "polished" than just a simple point and shoot recording.

what is an iris setting?

and what kind of lighting do u think she is using?

u dont think shes using any kind of "glow" filter on final cut pro or somethin to enhance the exposure or radiance of her face?

u know how in imovie u can adjust the exposure color, etc and make color and lightingt adjustments to a picture?
coudlnt u do the same thing in a vidoe editing program?

i really think theres more to it than just changing lighting
i mean shes using all these other video editing techniques its not crazy to think that shes using some kind of special filter to make herself look so glowy
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I've seen girls give their faces that glowing look simply by changing the flash setting on their cameras.


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Come on guys, where's the "awesome" button on this thing?
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i really think theres more to it than just changing lighting
... its not crazy to think that shes using some kind of special filter to make herself look so glowy
Is it also not crazy to accept that she is only using glowing lights to make herself look so "glowy"?
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Come on guys, where's the "awesome" button on this thing?
I know your comment was in jest, but many people think like that. I get it all the time from clients, thinking that somehow I can "just clean up their stuff in Photoshop...right?"
This thread is a prime example of it.

There is no quick fix, "Easy Button" that will simply add a software filter and "bingo!" you have awesomeness.

Lighting is one of the most overlooked things when people want to make videos. There is no "glow" filter that will give a face that effect.
Not in FCP, iMovie, After Effects, Motion...etc. There is no simple software solution to achieve the results seen in those videos. It is simply better lighting. It isn't necessarily hard to do, but it does take some time to set up properly.

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Here's a novel idea. Why don't you ask the person what they're doing to make their videos look like that? Heap some praises on her for her videos and I'm sure she'll spill.


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weeeel, you could export a movie frame by frame and edit every frame with something like photoshop and then put it back together good luck though

anyway, PS Extended is actually able to edit video and you can do some "rotoscoping" (=frame editing ... ehm, hopefully) and there might be a way to export your movies as a filmstrip and edit more at once ... but I doubt that's how the vid is done, I have to agree with the above posts, ligthing and makeup is just too underestimated

ok I checked the vids out and there is some work going into those vids, not just some regular vblog definitely not just with a webcam
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In television we use what is called Skin Detail. It basically takes a sample of a color you specify and softens/smooths it out. You can control where it falls within a particular shade and where the tolerance for similar shades are. This is done through our cameras but I haven't sen anything in post other than using filters to soften the image. Using masks in After Effects you could get the same result though that would take a good ammount of time.
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Here's a novel idea. Why don't you ask the person what they're doing to make their videos look like that? Heap some praises on her for her videos and I'm sure she'll spill.
wowwwwwww asking her directly? wow i never thought of that!
"kash" this person has over 200,000 subscribers and gets billions of fan mail everyday she doesnt answer emails or youtube messages

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