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Old 01-25-2007, 12:43 AM
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Good or Garbage?

Here is my latest retouch. Overall I'm happy with it.
This is my first dark skin retouch, and it brought some unique issues. Things like a general darkening where creases are, like above his right eye. He's very happy with it so thats a good thing.

Any tips/pointers/critiques?

Here it is
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Old 01-25-2007, 07:13 AM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

I like the idea and the overall mood. Obviously it's always a subjective thing but here are my thoughts.

On my computer screen the dark colors seem too dark (unless that is what you were shooting for) making the whites overly prominent. I brightened the image and added 30% of the darkness back to the background.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:30 AM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

Prizo, on my monitor, your depth of field looks good as do shadows etc.,
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Old 01-25-2007, 05:59 PM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

Thanks for the review.

Monitors are interesting... I can see where it could look a little dark on some. Too bad all monitors aren't calibrated the same.

Anyone else have comments?
Feel free to rip it apart if you think it blows.
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Old 01-25-2007, 08:52 PM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

I'm just an amateur but here is my two cents. I also found the tone to be a little bit dark. I took the original and placed it on top of the re-touched version with opacity of 35% and blending mode of normal. The skin color seems more natural (at least on my monitor). It also looks like the stripes in his suit are too bright (brighter than the original) and the texture in his sweater is showing more. This may be the result of sharpening. Mixing in 35% of the original reduces both of these (not good if you intended the effect).
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Old 01-25-2007, 10:34 PM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

Yeah maybe it needs to be a bit lighter.

I'm not really going for a "natural" skin tone or look. I'm not trying to make it look like a painting either. I guess I'm going for a "processed photo" look.

Thanks for the comment!
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Old 01-26-2007, 04:29 AM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

I think it looks great, I like the overall mood and I can see you're going for that steely blue look. All it needs is a few finishing touches.
Mainly the skin is still a little blotchy and bumpy, but I also added some highlight/shadow emphasis and a tiny touch of sharpening.
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Old 01-26-2007, 07:15 AM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

I like it a lot. Im a sucker for these processed looks.
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Old 01-26-2007, 09:58 AM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

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I think it looks great, I like the overall mood and I can see you're going for that steely blue look. All it needs is a few finishing touches.
Mainly the skin is still a little blotchy and bumpy, but I also added some highlight/shadow emphasis and a tiny touch of sharpening.

I LIKE that!!!

I knew it was a bit blotchy but I couldnt really fix it without getting it looking too much like a "painting".
How did you achieve that? It really looks great.
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Old 01-26-2007, 10:49 AM
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Re: Good or Garbage?

Its a modification of ByRo's degrunge technique. I duplicated the original and ran a 6px high pass followed by a 2 px gaussian blur, then inverted the layer and set the blend mode to overlay. Then I used a hide all mask and just painted in over the skin where it was needed.
For the extra highlights and shadows I used a couple more duplicates one set to multiple the other to screen and just masked them in where desired.
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