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Old 03-17-2005, 01:29 AM
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Hi Sean,

I don't think you mean December 2005, unless you have a time machine, in which case pop into the future again and tell us all who won the contest.

On a more serious note, as others have already said, I would like to judge posted images with a note to the experience of the member. (Although this could pose difficulties. A "new" member may not be inexperienced, and a "senior" member may not be experienced, as "seniority" is based soloely on number of posts to this site.)
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Old 03-17-2005, 07:33 AM
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Hi Gary,

LOL.....Blush !

Yes, too much SF: please do replace the 5 with a 4 :-)

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Old 03-17-2005, 12:02 PM
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It’s great to see discussion going on about techniques people used in creating their images.

The goal of this experience is to learn and share from it. Doug was hoping the contest would bring in more members and more discussion. He really wants this to be a place where people share their techniques and learn from each other. So don't hesitate to ask questions in the Contest Discussion Thread. This is the perfect opportunity to pick some brains and learn some new tricks!

Having said that….

I found recreating the delicate nature and transparency of the wrap a challenge. What approach did everyone take to tackle this?

Another difficult area was getting the eyes to stand out and not look solid black or dull. What was your approach?

And finally, skin tones are always a challenge. It’s very easy to make the skin too yellow or too pink or just too heavy and not delicate. How did you go about recreating yours?
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Old 03-17-2005, 12:51 PM
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P.S.

You can add your thoughts and discussion here after the contest as well!
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Old 03-17-2005, 01:20 PM
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OK T, I'll bite.

In terms of skin, I first take a colour from a skin swatch, and paint onto a new colour layer, when finished I apply a gaussian blur to soften edges.

Next I make another colour layer, from colour wheel I sample a colour usually (but not always) up and right of the base colour, to use as highlight. I paint this into highlit areas and blur for effect.

Another layer set to colour, this time sample low and left for shadow colour. Again paint into shadow areas and blur.

Now I adjust opacity on each layer for best effect.

Link layers, and above apply hue/sat adj layer, pull overall skin tone as req'd.

Lastly make all layers into a set to reduce no. of layers in my stack.

I'm a newby to colourising, so my method is probably a little involved, will be happy to try recommendations from others.
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Old 03-17-2005, 02:06 PM
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Eyes- I used the dodge tool in a half-moon shape opposite the catch light. It creates a little roundness to the eye. Below is an exaggerated version so you can see it.
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Old 03-17-2005, 02:57 PM
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Eyes- I used the dodge tool in a half-moon shape
Half-moon shape -- how do you get that --- WOW that would be very handy. Is it a brush? - I like to use soft light blend mode layers to do the same as dodge an burn using black and white. This way I can work the opacity and fill, do some earasing and stuff without "hitting" the actual image.
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Old 03-17-2005, 03:12 PM
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I made a brush.
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Old 03-17-2005, 09:28 PM
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Could someone please explain why the contest picture has a very dark shadow under the model's right eye. Her right side appears to be towards the light and consequently a little blown out. Is it artifacts or something else?

Is it normal to leave dark shadows in when conducting a restoration or is it a matter of taste? How much flexibility does one really have when colorizing or restoring for payment?

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Old 03-18-2005, 01:03 AM
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I presume the black eye is a shiner that the photographer gave her for not sitting still while he was trying to take her photo. Those were hard times.
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