RetouchPRO

Go Back   RetouchPRO > Technique > Critiques
Register Blogs FAQ Site Nav Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read


Critiques The place to get serious, in-depth analysis and opinions of your work

Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

Reply
 
Thread Tools
  #1  
Old 03-28-2008, 10:17 AM
SkySapphire SkySapphire is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Posts: 2
Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

Hi, all. I've been lurking RetouchPro for a little while now and I've sort of been practicing my Photoshop skills on my own, mostly using tutorials and the like. However, I feel like no matter what I end up doing, my pictures are lacking...something. I'm mostly interested in glamour retouching, so comments skewed in that direction would be much appreciated.

I got the original from this collection of stock photos, in case anyone is interested.

Original: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...elOriginal.jpg

Edited: http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v4...ModelFinal.jpg
Reply With Quote top
  #2  
Old 03-28-2008, 10:25 AM
saby's Avatar
saby saby is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Beeston Nott'm
Posts: 449
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

If U change the face go for symmetrical idealization. U'd sharpening more and softening shades of the skin whitout bluring

Last edited by saby; 03-28-2008 at 10:30 AM.
Reply With Quote top
  #3  
Old 03-28-2008, 10:30 AM
Ant Ant is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Feb 2003
Location: NYC
Posts: 451
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

calibrate your monitor. you have issues on the background. good idea on the nose, but you made it concave and the shadow is too dark.

Last edited by Ant; 07-08-2008 at 12:59 PM.
Reply With Quote top
  #4  
Old 03-28-2008, 10:44 AM
saby's Avatar
saby saby is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2004
Location: Beeston Nott'm
Posts: 449
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

kung pow chicken: $9.00
Attached Images
File Type: jpg wow.jpg (72.8 KB, 161 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #5  
Old 03-30-2008, 11:19 AM
Chilihook Chilihook is offline
Junior Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Central CT
Posts: 26
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

I don't have any real issue with the background, but I am viewing your image on a laptop.

I think you chose a good image to practice with... rich hair color, lots of shine; good skin tone and hey, she's not unattractive.

For a beginning retoucher, I think you did a good job bringing out color, removing blemishes, and getting the viewer to focus on the model's face, which is the key to any portrait.

However, my focus went right to where you "corrected" her nose. The line of her nose is concave and the depth of shadow is a bit unnatural looking. A reshape of the nose and an easing of the shadow would make a big diference.

A very good start, I think
Reply With Quote top
  #6  
Old 03-31-2008, 12:35 AM
Damo77's Avatar
Damo77 Damo77 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2007
Location: Brisbane, Australia
Posts: 211
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

I think you've done a great job. As mentioned, perhaps a little too far on the nose, but the rest looks great.
Reply With Quote top
  #7  
Old 04-05-2008, 05:49 PM
crazyfly1's Avatar
crazyfly1 crazyfly1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Colorado Springs Co. USA
Posts: 733
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

Hmmm, I'm not at all sure who needs to calibrate their monitor. I was curious because I couldn't see a problem with the background so I took this into raw and slammed the fill light all the way up. Sure enough, ugh.
My question is does anyone else see any problem with the background? My monitor is calibrated with a spider and I didn't but maybe it's time to do it again.
Attached Images
File Type: jpg ModelFinal.jpg (98.0 KB, 99 views)
Reply With Quote top
  #8  
Old 04-05-2008, 07:19 PM
AFrazier's Avatar
AFrazier AFrazier is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Greenville, South Carolina
Posts: 185
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

There's a problem with the background if you want the background visible. Personally, I think the background looks good washed out. When I toyed with the photo just to play with it, I went into raw also and turned up the fill lights so I could have the whole image to work with. But I ultimately ended up turning the background into a blur to imitate the depth of field from a wide aperture or longer focal length.
In the end, the face is what you want the focus to be.

As for the nose, I didn't really see it as concave. It's just mis-shadowed. What I did to fix it was duplicate the layer, go into filters, select liquify, mask the area around the nose, and use the pinch tool. Not only did that give her that slim, aristocratic nose I think you're looking for, but a second use on the end of her nose also took care of that knob. I just touched up the effect with the healing brush afterwards to blend in any unwanted shades or hard lines that shouldn't be there.
I'll post what I did with the picture a little later. I haven't actually finished with it yet. The color isn't quite what I want it to be.
Reply With Quote top
  #9  
Old 04-05-2008, 08:17 PM
crazyfly1's Avatar
crazyfly1 crazyfly1 is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2007
Location: Colorado Springs Co. USA
Posts: 733
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

afrazier,
So is my monitor OK then? When you look at the pic the way skysapphire retouched it you don't see any background really at all? Just black?
Reply With Quote top
  #10  
Old 04-05-2008, 09:36 PM
pixelzombie pixelzombie is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: chicago
Posts: 1,098
Re: Glamour Retouch Lacking a Certain Something

i can see it on my crt, it shows up a bit more when using adobeRGB as the working space...
Reply With Quote top
Reply

  RetouchPRO > Technique > Critiques


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is Off
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Ezine cover challenge: Retouch this photo! plugsnpixels Photo Retouching 39 08-20-2008 11:31 AM
First Post - Glare from Sun retouch needed vidoprof Photo Retouching 8 01-31-2008 07:35 AM
Glamour Retouch renaldoandrews Photo Retouching 4 12-09-2007 07:55 PM
Glamour retouch! (second) ruud92 Photo Retouching 8 06-07-2007 10:33 AM
Where can I find Glamour retouch tutorials superkoax Photo Retouching 2 08-19-2006 06:21 PM


All times are GMT -6. The time now is 03:27 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.4
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Copyright © 2016 Doug Nelson. All Rights Reserved