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Old 03-08-2008, 11:08 AM
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Hello fellow retouchers!

I've been away for a while but now back to retouching again. I am not a professional, I just do it for artistic reasons. I work in PhotoShop Pro CS3 and started out around 5 years ago.

I aim for glamour and artistic retouching with just a touch of reality.

Please give me your thoughts about this photo. It took me roughly 12 hours to retouch it.. I usually spend 4-8 hours per photo but this one took longer since i'm a bit rusty

Original: http://img112.imageshack.us/img112/2590/julina1sn5.jpg
Edited: http://img147.imageshack.us/img147/5...llsizefpp0.jpg

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Old 03-08-2008, 12:19 PM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

simply put: i like it
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:15 PM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

the eye lashes seem a lot sharper than the rest of the image...
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Old 03-08-2008, 01:28 PM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

Retouching and art are are "always" subjective so keep in mind that I do like what you've done with this lovely lady and can certainly appreciate the time you put into it. Just a few areas that I might have done differently.

The fly-away hair crossing her hair direction would look better eliminated, unless you kept the wind blown look on the edges as well.

The nose edge is almost non-existant on her left side.

The highlight by her strap and forehead are slightly intense to my taste.

The upper forehead hairline area above the right eye has hairs coming from nowhere.

Placing a very light feathered shadow under the lip and above can give a fuller look.

You have a few hairs by her chin that appear to be starting "on" the chin.

Clone marks where her neck meets her shoulder.

Although you did a fine job with the eyelashes, they are sharper than the rest of the image.

Now . . . if you weren't asking for a critique and this was simply posted I would have had nothing to say except . . . nice job!
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Old 03-08-2008, 02:19 PM
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Retouching and art are are "always" subjective so keep in mind that I do like what you've done with this lovely lady and can certainly appreciate the time you put into it. Just a few areas that I might have done differently.

The fly-away hair crossing her hair direction would look better eliminated, unless you kept the wind blown look on the edges as well.

The nose edge is almost non-existant on her left side.

The highlight by her strap and forehead are slightly intense to my taste.

The upper forehead hairline area above the right eye has hairs coming from nowhere.

Placing a very light feathered shadow under the lip and above can give a fuller look.

You have a few hairs by her chin that appear to be starting "on" the chin.

Clone marks where her neck meets her shoulder.

Although you did a fine job with the eyelashes, they are sharper than the rest of the image.

Now . . . if you weren't asking for a critique and this was simply posted I would have had nothing to say except . . . nice job!

Ah splended! Thank you! I totally missed the shoulder. That edge was coming from hair extentions layer.
I also lowered the opacity by 25% of all the lashes-layers. Fixed the hair on the forhead and added shadow to lips (gr8 advice thx!) but unfortunatelly didn't quite get what was wrong with the hair by the chins since those areas are untouched pretty much, compare to original.

I've done some lip reconstruction and my problem is that I often try to go plastic surgery instead of working with lights/shadows etc.

I have updated the original post with my edited version.

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Old 03-08-2008, 04:32 PM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

Normally I would not do this, but seeing you didn't notice. Here is a blowup of the chin where the hair starts.
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:25 PM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

Welcome back -

I'm not much of an artist but I like the overall results you have achieved. My only comment is that the image looks "heavy." With all of that lovely flyaway hair, I would expect a lighter feeling to the image. Looking at the original, it looks almost like the photo was taken as a close-up with a wide angle lens. I played with this and reduce the width of the image (from her hose to the left edge) and increased the height of this section. Just a thought.
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Old 03-08-2008, 07:52 PM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

Not wanting to be picky, my only negative thought is too much
shine on her forehead.
I do like the picture and it's clear how much work you put into it..
Tom
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Old 03-08-2008, 09:37 PM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

I like it.

My only comment - there was mention of shine on her forehead, but when looking at it closer, the same shine is on her shoulder - so if you follow a line from her forehead down the shine is the same, so I look at it as glow or highlight from the lighting. I would reduce it a bit, but not by much.
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Old 03-09-2008, 04:20 AM
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Re: My best result ever - please give me your inpu

LQQKER, thanks alot. I somehow thought you were talking about the cheeks, where you actually told me about the chin! I've cleared it up now. Also lowered the lights on her forehead and shoulder.

And while we are here I just have to tell you that i tried to remove her dress (black thingy) and was working on that and that only around 5-8 hours but did not achieve any acceptable results.

Tried with clone stamp, healing, patterns, well even vanishing point... still it was looking weird. I think it has something to do with lights/shadows and my skills are appearantly just not good enough.

If anyone can "remove" the dress, I'd love to know how?

Thanks for the critiques guys!
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