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Challenge #31
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semiaza


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Registered: July 2003
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Firstly I removed a lot of the noise by putting the picture through Neat Image. Then in Photoshop I created a selective colour layer and balanced everything out. After this the picture was very flat so I played around with curves to try to enhance contrast. I cloned out most of the Blue Channel damage.

Finally, I inserted a transparent layer set to Soft Light (58% opacity) and used the airbrush tool (set to color) to enhance skin tones etc.
· Date: 7/20/2003 · Views: 6599 · Filesize: 71.6kb, 196.8kb · Dimensions: 800 x 1050 ·
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
7/21/2003 2:51am

Wonderful Semiaza,
Skin tones great
Colorising excellent
I cant see anything in this retouch
that could be improved upon.
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Suzanne
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Registered: July 2003
Posts: 6
7/22/2003 1:09am

I agree this looks very nice, particularly the skin tones (always a problem for me); great job! The only minor problem I noticed is that reddish stripe along the bottom. Also I might have tried to darken the background just a bit between the two girls in back, as that bright area seems distracting to me. But overall I think this is a super job.
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Cvandever

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Registered: May 2003
Location: Crossville, TN
Posts: 3
7/22/2003 1:58pm

absolutely wonderful work... makes me want to reach out and touch them it is so real...
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
7/23/2003 5:30am

I found your rendering of the background excellent.
Sure the top half is light and bright.
But I think that works well with this photo.
All the girls have blown out highlights in their hair.
Anything other than a light colored background wouldn’t
blend as well with their hair.

Knew you were a Neat Image user when I saw
the silky sheen look it gives to hair.
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semiaza
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Registered: July 2003
7/23/2003 4:20pm

Thank you all for your kind words re my efforts here. I really enjoyed working on this pic but your praise makes it all the more enjoyable. I thought I'd got away with the red stripe at the bottom of the picture - well spotted Suzanne!

As for Neat Image - can't recommend this software enough. With a bit of practice and when used in moderation AND in the right circumstances it can pull off miracles.
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Cassidy
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Registered: September 2002
Location: Australia
Posts: 1,104
12/5/2005 9:54am

Delightfully natural looking, despite maybe being a bit over saturated, but then I do love strong contrasts and colours

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