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Old 06-30-2008, 06:18 PM
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first real, in depth, beauty retouch

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Old 06-30-2008, 09:37 PM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

Your work is very good, I like the natural skin texture and colour.
When you magnify your image there is a white mark on her right cheek and a brush mark above her top lip that need to smoothed out. Once thats done it will look very good indeed.
Would you mind telling me what you did to achieve that look.

Barry.
(Is there a name we can call you besides 'Danger woman')
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Old 06-30-2008, 09:59 PM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

Very nice for your first in-depth one.
Obviously, you worked hard on the skin.
I won't get too picky. But, correcting lighting is a normal part of the retouch process. Hence, the shadow to the right of her right eye - that should be removed partially if not completely. The shadows to her left could be lightened some.
How do you feel about the catchlights in her eyes ? I might lessen them some.
Otherwise, nice work and let's see what the others say !
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Old 06-30-2008, 11:37 PM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

Yes! I agree with what Tommy said. However, I do like to nit pick. I feel that if I'm critical of other peoples work it will help me to be more critical of my own. Anyway, personally I would turn off the retouch layer or layer set and put a new layer between them. Carefully diminish the blemishes as much as you can without disturbing the skin texture. Then turn the retouch layer back on, but put it to around 50%, give or take. Then another layer to take care of things Tommy mentioned. Also, I like to see a little more shine back on the lips and maybe clean up a little around the iris. As is you've taken an attractive girl and made her a VERY attractive.
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:35 AM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

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Very nice for your first in-depth one.
Obviously, you worked hard on the skin.
I won't get too picky. But, correcting lighting is a normal part of the retouch process. Hence, the shadow to the right of her right eye - that should be removed partially if not completely. The shadows to her left could be lightened some.
Sorry, have to jump in here because that's is the worst approach I've ever heard. If you were my retoucher I would ditch you in a sec...
Unless the photographer has specifically said the above himself you shouldn't touch it.
A photography is a piece of art carried out by the photograper not the retoucher, unless the photographer doesn't know what he wants or has no clue what so ever about what he is doing.
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Old 07-02-2008, 06:12 PM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

I'm not on the same page. I'm not as of yet a professional retoucher so maybe I'm not understanding the workflow correctly but I though it went something like; Client (photographer, art directer, whatever) tells you what he wants, appreciates your suggestions and input and you do what ever final decision he makes. If a piece of art is carried out by strictly by the photographer why would he even use a retoucher to begin with?
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:12 PM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

Flice,
Maybe the difference in workflow comes from our differing industries. Mine is one of a large professional industry that gives retouchers greater leeway in what they can change. It is their responsibility to bring each image in line with the company standard for marketing their product.

Hence, they follow a standard workflow that includes:
- color correction;
- removing distracting elements;
- balancing body and facial symmetry;
- reshaping & rebuilding the body;
- perfecting the skin, eyes, hair, etc;
- improving lighting to enhance the product;
- sharpening, soft and hard proofing.

So, unless I am given other guidance from the contributor, I do not assume the image is from a photographer/artist who may be more protective of all aspects of the image - they do their own retouch work. I assume that it is simply a practice session from someone learning their way through Photoshop and that the image is a beauty retouch with emphasis on marketing a product, not a model.

Our perspectives are just critiques, not a hard and fast rules. Our perspectives may not work for every image. However, that is for the contributor to decide.

Everyone enjoy and have a great day !
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Old 07-04-2008, 07:02 AM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

Well said TommyO, I applaude your restraint,(you must have been biting hard on the bullet when you wrote this).(LOL).

Barry.
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Old 07-11-2008, 10:44 AM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

TommyO made a good point but I agree with flice.

I tend to side more with flice because I've had similar experiences.
I did a few self portrais with a high key softbox.
Had hard shadow lines.
I send this to a retoucher.

I did this on purpose because it tempts people to "fix" things'

Sure enough the "retoucher" changed the lighting+changed the color transition which completely got rid of the hard shadows and transformed the pic into a Dior style piece.

I was very pissed. If this was a real assignment I would've fired him straight up.

The retoucher (as I understand it) is there to fix things without drastically adding and changing key elements (like light and such).

Most clients have art directors, layout designers, etc. that are in charge of any drastic changes that affect the final look.

I'm not a retoucher , I'm a photog.

Anything that goes too far can be bad for repeat business.

Of course if you are doing wedding pictures and portraits then yeah you can throw the whole PS bucket of tricks at it (skinnify, smooth skin, re-light, etc.). Then bring the pic in Portrait Pro and go to town on it
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Old 07-29-2008, 10:23 AM
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Re: first real, in depth, beauty retouch

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Sorry, have to jump in here because that's is the worst approach I've ever heard. If you were my retoucher I would ditch you in a sec...
Unless the photographer has specifically said the above himself you shouldn't touch it.
A photography is a piece of art carried out by the photograper not the retoucher, unless the photographer doesn't know what he wants or has no clue what so ever about what he is doing.
Hmmmm. Im not sure what to think about that.
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