Registered: August 2002 Location: London, UK Posts: 518 users gallery
I wanted to keep the look and feel of this - i.e. a snapshot of a proud grandma in hospital with the new grandson - so tried to steer clear of too much retouching or going for a "portrait" look. Also while Tyeise asked for the freckles to be reduced I didn't want to remove them entirely, as if you are a freckly person then you won't look right with no freckles at all.
Method was mostly use of healing brush and patch tool on lots of layers with diferent opacities. Also use of liquify to slim down face a bit. Also lightened teeth (select teeth, copy to new layer, adjust saturation -60 and lightness +14 or so, set opacity of the teeth layer to somewhere between 70 and 90 - I am always doing this to photos of myself because I am vain )
That was about it - I brushed in a little Gaussian blur over some of the face right at the end just to soften the skintone a bit without losing texture.
Didn't change the baby's skintone because he's a very small baby and they do look like that - as before, I wanted to stay true to the spirit of the original as much as possible.
I'm reasonably happy that I did what I set out to do, although there are some bits that could use a little more work.
Registered: May 2003 Location: Crossville, TN Posts: 3
like the overall feel of the image. didn't loose the new feel.
Wanda Schwind Junior Member
Registered: January 2002 Location: Ohio
Nice!! Very good shaping grandma's face You should be happy
Registered: January 2003 Location: Trivandrum, India Posts: 73
In your point of view you are very correct. and according to that this is a very good version of its kind. You could have removed the shaddow of her face falling in the T shirt .
Very first sight it appeares in front of the eyes.
Good approch and very good result.
Registered: August 2002 Location: London, UK Posts: 518
Thank you all for your comments, it's good to get a fresh viewpoint.
I made a conscious decision to leave in the harsh shadow because it seemed to fit with the "snapshot" feel (taken with a small on-camera flash, which produces quite harsh shadows) - but I take your general point about its drawing the eyes - if I took this a step further and "de-snapshotted" it then it would be the first thing to go.
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