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Old 01-28-2007, 05:58 PM
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critique please

I have just been made redundant so I have to put a folio together.

To cheer me up, I went out an purchased a new Mac Pro

Anyway back on track. I've decided that I would like to do more retouching so I thought I would put some examples in my folio but i would appreciate your opinions.

Attached is a picture - before and work in progress. My first request is how do you think my skin is going (as that is all i have done so far)? The only method I have used is D&B. Do you think the skin is even enough? or does it need more work?
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Old 01-28-2007, 08:13 PM
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Re: critique please

just to let you know I haven't gone as far as removing/minimising the facial hair from her cheek & jar and hair on arm- that's my next mission.

Also, does everyone like to add a bit of grain to their images at the end to give them a little more of a film feel? if so how much?
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Old 01-28-2007, 10:46 PM
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Re: critique please

Hi Aussie,

-Don't know if you meant to change the shape of her face, the ridge of her nose does not have the square edge to it that you gave her.

-I think the iris is too dark - has lost it's transparency

-dodgeing on arm is a little too much too hot, but my laptop monitor runs a little light so maybe that is just me ;-)

hope some of this is a help,
-Roger
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Old 01-29-2007, 04:37 AM
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Re: critique please

roger - thnks for your comments. The more defined nose is apparently in but i have toned it down a bit. I have also toned the arm highlight down a little bit even though i didn't do much to it. The eyes - I was in the middle of doing when I posted the pic (as i wanted to run down and pic up my airport card ) that's why I just asked for skin critique as i was in the middle of the other items - but thanks. I have uploaded a new pic with the changes - but it is still WIP.
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Old 01-29-2007, 07:45 AM
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Re: critique please

Nice picture to work on..I'd take the skin smoothing further.

I smoothed out the skin, mellowed the freckles, smoothed out the black mascara inside/bottom, heal tooled the eyebrow, added a little more highlight to the eyes, matched the color tone in the arm to match the face (arm seemed a little yellowish)..added slight make up.. dark over eye, white under eyes, color on cheeks, mascara and lipstick, then added a overall hue/sat to add a little tan and saturate the colores.
Then finally added a slight unsharpened to the whole image it made the eyes pop and the skin regained its texture.

Yes I sometimes add grain (slight monochrome) if I over smoothed skin..

Lasa

PS: Are the lashes on the original part of the original image?
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:20 PM
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Re: critique please

Thanks Lasa. I will retouch the skin a little more today - haven't got around to doing the extras that you have done yet. And yes thay are the original eyelashes. The only thing I have done to the image so far is D&B.
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Old 01-29-2007, 06:24 PM
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Re: critique please

I have just realised there is a critique forum...sorry if i posted this in the wrong area even though it is retouching...just a newbie to the site
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Old 01-30-2007, 05:00 PM
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Re: critique please

i have done some extra work on the skin then cropped + attached it so you can see it close up. (before & after shots). Comments please
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Old 01-30-2007, 07:27 PM
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Re: critique please

I think the skin looks GREAT! You have retained the pore structure (even enhanced it). And NO BLUR! Can you give us a step-by-step?
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Old 01-30-2007, 09:19 PM
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Re: critique please

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Nice picture to work on..I'd take the skin smoothing further.

I smoothed out the skin, mellowed the freckles, smoothed out the black ...
Yes I sometimes add grain (slight monochrome) if I over smoothed skin..

Lasa

PS: Are the lashes on the original part of the original image?
That looks great, Lasa.
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