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Old 08-04-2009, 11:25 AM
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Comments for my first upload

Hey everyone,

This is my first image I am uploading hoping to receive tips and suggestions to help me become better in retouching photos. This is not my best work, and I wish I could become more consistent; however, I believe the quality of the picture depends on how the model was shoot.

I use Adobe Photoshop Elements 7. Hope to upgrade soon to cs4 or 3.

My images process:

We shoot this photo on a green screen background.

1 - I began by extracting the model using the magic wand

Q: This resulted in the image with ridge edges, I tried to use refine edge to fix the problem. Also, after it was extracted I locked my pixles and colored the edges so you could not see the green outline along the model. Is there a better way to archive this?

2 - I added a surface blur to the model.
3 - Added a little eye makeup to enhance the color.
4 - Added a little shine to the jewelry.
5 - Enhanced lips with a tint of pink.
6 - Adjusted levels to tune up the overall color of the picture.
7 - Tried to pick up color for the eyebrows.
8 - Inserted new background.

I have been working in photoshop for about 5 months, strictly retouching it is all I know. In addition, everything I have learned has been from youtube tutorials and forums such as this one.

Overall, looking for more advance techniques and suggestions that will continue to help me improve.

You can see more of my work at Sexy Fox

Looking forward to hearing from everyone

Thanks in advance

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Old 08-05-2009, 03:04 PM
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Re: Comments for my first upload

Two Things.
Hard to see any detail of model in thumbnail.
Looks like model was pasted on background when looking at it.
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Old 08-11-2009, 12:43 AM
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Re: Comments for my first upload

For a composite to work, these two things are really important:
1. comparable, consistent lighting and color balance
2. really good, clean selections

I would definitely recommend upgrading, I don't know much about what's included in Photoshop Elements, but I'd guarantee you'll have better selection tools, options etc.

Like aartist said, it is kinda hard to see any real details. But, from what I can see it appears as though the selection of the model, especially around her hair, has too much of a hard edge. Sometimes when I need to make detail selections I will create a few "production" layers in which I boost the contrast (via curves and a painting layer) in order to make a luminosity mask. This can generate a detailed and realistic selection for a composite.

As far as getting a residual green edge in your selection, try using quick mask to refine the magic wand selection or using Select > Modify > Contract.

Hope this helps!

Can you post a larger version?
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Old 08-12-2009, 02:17 PM
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Re: Comments for my first upload

As already mentioned the preview is a little small to view but I think the colour could do with some adjustments to make it sit better within the background.
My approach for this image (and most of my comps involving people) would be to first use paths to capture most of the model.Then I would tackle the hair with channels (depending on background) and combine the two masks.Every image presents it's own set of problems.The best advise is to plan your shoots knowing the background your model will be placed into and shoot her on an appropriate background colour/tone as this will help save a lot of work.
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Old 08-14-2009, 10:57 AM
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Re: Comments for my first upload


First, I would like to thank everyone that has posted a comment. The information provided has been helpful and I have been putting the suggested comments into practice. I believe my biggest draw back is my version of photoshop, and I am pushing for a upgrade.

Here is a bigger picture of the same garment that I reworked.

Looking forward to hearing from everyone



Hope the picture is big enough.
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Old 08-15-2009, 04:41 AM
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Re: Comments for my first upload

I would have one piece of advice for you:

learn to look.

Look at a fashion magazine, look at light, look at how light reacts on things, look at pictures, look at photography books.

Recognising when something looks fake or over the top, is worth more than any technical advice I can give.
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