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Matt Roberts



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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
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I accidentally deleted my first submission.
Here it is back again.

I was reasonably happy with my work here,
but would appreciate any comments on how
it could be improved.

To my recollection I went with the green channel.
To my mind it was in the best condition to work on.
I didn’t like the blown out skin tones on the original
I darkened the skin tones.
Then came the cloning, selecting and coloring.

Best Wishes
Matt
· Date: 7/24/2003 · Views: 11295 · Filesize: 34.4kb, 126.9kb · Dimensions: 670 x 897 ·
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Suzanne
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Registered: July 2003
Posts: 6
7/30/2003 8:26pm

Great job. Your using the earthy tones in the background rather than the standard blue/gray really appeals to me. My only comment would be that the clothing looks a little harsh (as if it might have been over-sharpened? I'm no expert), and there are still a few red spots on the man's jacket. But the most important elements - the faces - are beautiful.

Also, it would be nice if you'd be a little more detailed in describing your workflow so I could learn more from you!
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semiaza
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Registered: July 2003
10/9/2003 3:52pm

Seeing this job gave me the impetus to redo my own attempt. Another nice job Matt! Skin tones are rich and warm and you've succeeded in toning down the blown out flash reflections on the skin without making it look artificial. I like your choice of background colour which compliments the work you've done on the couple.

A couple of constructive comments: you've overdarkened the eyes a bit and it seems you've tried to counteract this by enhancing the flash light reflection (please correct me if I'm wrong) - the result is that they look like cartoon eyes. I think I would have been tempted to get the iris's from the origional picture and paste them over after a bit of color correction. The only other thing I'm not keen on is the frame you've used (this is just a personal thing, please don't be offended) - your picture stands out on it's own without this kind of embelishment which detracts from all the great work you've done.

Overall though, very, very nice work (again!).
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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
10/10/2003 11:08am

Many thanks Suzanne and Semiaza for your comments.
I really enjoy hearing from other members.

Suzanne, I left the man's jacket looking a little gritty because my father had a few of these rough fiber coats. I can't see any red spots on the man's jacket, only the red pin on his lapel.

Semiaza, Your so right about that drab frame.
Looking at it now I can't imagine why I used it.
And I think the eyes are a little too dark.

Again, thanks to you both for taking the time to give me helpful hints. I've just bought Katrin Eismann,s fabulous book Restoration and Retouching. I'm practicing new retouching techniques and with other members comments I should be able to improve the quality of my retouching.
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W. Rose
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Registered: August 2003
Location: Manteca, Ca
Posts: 105
2/14/2004 8:59pm

Matt,
I am a new comer here and after seeing what you have done with this picture, i would like to try it myself. I think your job on this is GREAT and hope to learn something from what you have done. I love the skin tone and color on the faces.
Again well done Matt, you give the rest of us encourgement to try some of these challenges for ourself.
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ACTUAL iMAGE

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Registered: September 2003
Location: Gurnee, IL
Posts: 4
3/16/2004 6:13pm

You are a master of skin tones. I wish there was a video, from over your shoulder, of you touching up those faces. Every time I try it, the colors are too uniform and it looks flat. Tremendous.

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Matt Roberts

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Registered: December 2002
Location: Australia
3/23/2004 2:06am

Thanks Actual and W Rose,

I wish I could tell you exactly how I got the skin tones.
I tried hard to keep the original grain in the skin.
Used dodge and burn to even skin tones and remove
blown out areas.
The skin color was hard, it took me a long time.
I used the skin color chart which is free on this site.
I selected the facial area and painted on a skin color,
with a low opacity brush set to color blend.
Then came a lot of fine tuning.
Using Levels, Color Ballance and Hue & Sat.
It was painstaking work.
I wish there was some easy way to get good skin color.
But I have to go through this painful process every
time I'm doing skin tones.

Best Wishes
Matt
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DebBallentine
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Registered: December 2006
12/4/2006 1:46pm

I tried my first attempt at retouching, using this challenge as a learning experience. I used your photo as a goal, which I could not reach. VERY NICE SKIN TONES. Also the couple pops out nice from the background and they have highlights and shadows in their faces. This is a very well done retouch job. Thanks for the contribution and for being a role model.
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DebBallentine
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Registered: December 2006
12/4/2006 1:57pm

Matt: A correction and a question... I meant to say in my previous posting that the couple has "beautifully sculpted highlights and shadows on their faces". I was wondering where the "skin tone chart" is on this site. You mentioned it and I know my work would be better if I had something as a example. I'm guessing that you can use the eyedropper and pick colors from the chart then use them to paint in the colors on the faces.
Thanks again for such an accomplished final edit of this photo. It looks like it could be the original. Deb B
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artefly
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Registered: June 2008
Posts: 1
7/3/2008 12:52am

Matt what a great job. I hope that I will learn a lot from you and from the other people in the group as you are all so good at what you do.
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ourgo007
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Registered: February 2009
Location: Delhi, India
2/20/2009 12:35am

Great work, gud luk
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