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Registered: July 2008
Location: Devon, UK
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I didn't want to do a whole bunch of retouching to this image, as it's the sort of thing that may be framed and hung, and too much overt PP I feel would come off as insincere. My decision making process with regard to how to approach this image was influenced by the fact that not only were there some focussing issues on the subject, but the image also contained some noticeable jpeg artifacting when zoomed in. With this in mind, I decided a soft focus approach would not only be flattering to the subject, but would also help to mask some of the inherent problems in the image.

My retouch workflow, in order:

- Opened in lightroom and lowered exposure and added some recovery to try to bring a little detail back in the highlights
- Opened in Photoshop
- Some mild Smart Sharpen set to compensate for motion blur, just to try to address the worst of the detail blur in the image
- Some light healing and cloning, to remove the worst of the skin blemishes and flyaway hairs. Also healed out a few bits of errant fluff on the sweater/cardigan
- Created a new merged layer and ran it through Imagenomic Portraiture, then ran that through Surface Blur. Reduced the layer opacity and used a mask to localise the layer to the skin. This was the skin smoothing layer. I think I may have liked to have kept a few of the freckles in the image, but doing so would also retain some of the jpeg artifacts. I may go back and revisit this at a later point and try to reduce the skin smoothing effect a touch.
- duplicated the image and changed the mode to LAB colour. Ran a curves adjustment on the A and B channels to increase saturation and create some image warmth.
- Shadows/Highlights to try to bring some of the hot areas down a little
- Merged a copy of the image to a new layer and ran it through gaussian blur. Set the blend mode to overlay. This made the image far too contrasty and saturated, so I grouped this layer with a curves adjustment and a hue/saturation adjustment to affect the underlying image. Masked off the mouth and eyes. This became my soft focus layer.
- Flattened the duplicate image to one layer, then copied that into a new layer back in the original image.
- Ran a final curves adjustment to tweak the colour to how I wanted it.
- Resize and export
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