I'm wondering how they actually achieved this kind of effect?

enter image description here image from http://www.thecapitol.pn/

Could you give me some suggestions: are there any techniques to get the same effect? I tried many ways in Photoshop. I have more than 5 years of experience in Photoshop, but my results are not the same?

What should I do?

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    My hunch is that it's a 3D sculpture - probably ZBrush or something like that. – bemdesign Dec 22 '14 at 0:04
  • I know it is created in zbrush However can I achieve similar effects in any colored photos? – Shaxrillo Dec 22 '14 at 0:07
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    Desaturate and convert to black and white, use levels/curves to pull details out, carefully bump up the luminosity (i.e. remove blacks except in shadow areas), and then careful dodge and burn to pull out details as needed. – bemdesign Dec 22 '14 at 1:45
  • Related, almost a duplicate: graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/50918/… – Rafael May 17 '17 at 13:26

Your sample is not a sculpture. It's actors, in make up, in front of a camera. There may have been some post processing. However I'd wager that 80-90% of the work is actually in the photography and not in software. People do still take photographs. Not everything is created in software.

If you want something even close to similar you'll need ninja-style 3D modeling skills and then great texture creations for surfaces.

You could spend a huge amount of time on something like this with just a raster image editor and never match what the camera does with real life and makeup. However, if you've got great photo-realism painting skills you may be able to pull it off. As for "how to paint photo-realism" I wouldn't know where to begin explaining.

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