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May 09 Contest - Retouching

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Old 05-01-2009, 08:41 AM
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May 09 Contest - Retouching

May 09 – Retouching

“Wish You Were Here”
You’ve been tasked to clean up the attached photo to postcard quality (pretty enough that someone viewing would want to be there). Work only with the existing photo. DO NOT add elements from other sources.

You can:
  • remove elements from the photo
  • change the focus by cropping it differently
  • reposition items
  • change colors, etc.
Source Image: StockVault website: Fishing Harbor at Dusk

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Prize: Multibrush 4 donated by AKVIS

Prize Description: AKVIS MultiBrush is an all-in-one photo enhancement and portrait retouch solution. Portrait Enhancement Made Easy

AKVIS MultiBrush makes it easy to retouch photos and enhance portraits in Windows and Mac. Featuring a collection of healing and enhancement brushes, cloning and stamping tools, AKVIS MultiBrush helps artists, photographers and home users to perform portrait enhancement, retouch image flows and remove unwanted objects from digital pictures. Available as a stand-alone product or a plug-in for Adobe Photoshop, AKVIS MultiBrush removes wrinkles, scars, scratches, and enhances imperfect skin on portraits in the most natural way. Spots, stains, and dust are easy to mask and remove.


1. Contest will run from 1 May to 24 May 09. Deadline for entries is 5pm (Central Daylight Savings Time).

2. I will not answer questions concerning the rules. Interpretation of the rules is as important as execution.

3. Tasks:
  • Retouch the photo to postcard quality
  • Only work with the provided photo (do not add elements from other sources)
  • Do not add text
  • Final image must be exactly 800 pixels by 600 pixels (cropping may be required). The image can be EITHER portrait or landscape format.

4. When you submit your entry put your username in the filename (ie: tpaul.jpg). This is so users can save the images to a local directory and remember who did what--important when it comes time to vote.

5. Post your entries to this thread. Links will not be accepted. Please restrict your comments, questions or discussion to the Contest Discussion thread. Inappropriately placed posts will be deleted.

6. Only one entry per person. You can change your entry up to the deadline.

7. Voting will run from 25 May to 31 May. Only those with entries may vote.

8. Voting:
* Submit the 5 best entries (by artist name) in order, starting with your favorite.
* You cannot vote for your own image.
* Once you have voted, do not change your votes. The votes are tallied as them come in so any changes in the votes may not be reflected in the final results.

Finally, please remember that this is a friendly contest and suppose to be a learning experience. Tips and suggestions to help others are highly encouraged. Also please don’t limit your comments to just the top 5 when you vote. Most members are eager for feedback about their images, so remember to help each other out.
Old 05-01-2009, 09:21 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

Here is mine.
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Old 05-01-2009, 11:21 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

This was fun - Thanks
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Old 05-02-2009, 10:06 AM
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Smile Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

A lot of fun to do.
Here is my try.
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Old 05-03-2009, 05:34 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

All of the interpretations are so nice, and yet so varied, this should prove to be a very interesting contest. Anyway, here's mine.
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Old 05-04-2009, 12:18 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

Well here is my entry. At least for a starter.
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Old 05-06-2009, 01:19 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

Here is mine. Can we enter more than one?
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Old 05-07-2009, 10:18 AM
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Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

This was a very enjoyable project. Boy were those boats dirty. I wanted the scene to be inviting and this is what came about.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:18 PM
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Re: May 09 Contest - Retouching

Here is mine.
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Old 05-07-2009, 05:55 PM
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My first! Very fun...
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