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Old 01-19-2010, 05:54 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Thanks einfallspinsel.
I started with the lips to see what I could do, and it just kept going.
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Old 02-24-2010, 04:30 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Just seen this and I'm impressed

If you look very carefully around the very edges of her jawline there are a few small light/shadow lines (really small details) that could be D/B'd but this looks great
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Old 02-24-2010, 08:25 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Just a couple quick tips:

clean her eyebrows more especially the top,

perhaps adding a bit of a frosted feel to her eyelashes and even a bit on the eyebrows might really accentuate the feel you're going for

the white liner on her left lower-inner eyelid is muddy, perhaps youd like to redraw that all in white(like the other eye)

the chain thats on her seems a bit flat, perhaps some sort of frost or subtle glow or sheen to certain parts may help, it looks a bit out of place

Your retouched image would only load the top half for me, so thats all i have for now, lol.
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Old 02-24-2010, 10:24 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Very nice, definitely the best of the bunch on Flickr. I wonder if evening out the thickness on her lower lip a bit would help (she's not straight to camera, so they shouldn't be perfectly symmetrical). I did a quick, uneven job, but maybe this is the direction? Can't put my finger on it.

A wonderful interpretation, I love what you did to the hair and the extra fur. It might be fun to add a glow to the 3 white snowflakes in her hair to knock down the contrast there and just add to the overall beautiful airiness you've created. I just selected them, copied to a new layer and used gaussian blur at 50 px, the change is pretty subtle.
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Old 02-25-2010, 05:23 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Thank you to Alex I had a play with this one, as it’s a great image, adjusted the lower chin, lips, nose, RHS eye as it looked slightly opened more. I think as stated previously the original shot if off centre, so I tried to bring the face back, maybe not a good idea? Any feedback would be most appreciated.
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Old 02-25-2010, 11:29 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

I think, making faces completely symmetrical is mostly a complete wrong way of retouching.
Source and original retouch is pretty good!

Readjusting the facial expression in that case is not necessary in my opinion too.

I do not know why most retouchers always tend to change things that are not necessary. You should work with the sources to get best out of it. Give the retouch just the little bit it needs. Nothing more and nothing less.

Even small inconsistencies, nice human differences in symmetrical expression make a photograph alive.

If you do not like that, so go buying "Poser" & Co. and create your perfect synthetic virtual human instances and retouch that. That's probably all you need then. No dirt and no scratches, all perfect. Even no life at all.


What I wanted to point out is:
Many (bad) retouchers tend to blow out the life from pictures. And they do not even recognize that.


Jason

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Old 02-26-2010, 04:18 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Hello Jason
Very constructive comments and I must agree with you symmetrical retouching images destroys alot of the life in an image, my image case in point. Personally I would like to see an image with very little work done to it, but being new to all this I feel I have been drawn into what I think people want to see rather than what needs to be achieved. I will endeavour to take on board your comments for the future thank you.

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Old 02-26-2010, 07:03 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

So here's another hint:
A true artist never asks what peaople want to see.
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Old 02-26-2010, 08:33 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

I agree with you Jason... Nice said ...
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Old 03-01-2010, 11:50 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

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Originally Posted by einfallspinsel View Post
Hello everyone,

this is one of my first attempts on beauty retouching and I would love to know what you think about the result. Tell me what you like/dislike and what I can do better and how I can accomplish those improvements. If you know about any helpful tutorials that would be great, too!

ORIGINAL PICTURE:
1024px http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2544/...0f589238_b.jpg

RETOUCHED PICTURE:
1024px http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2791/...56feef79_b.jpg

GOAL:
A photo promoting the imaginary fantasy movie "The Ice Queen".
A photo for a fashion editorial on "Winter Wonderland".
A photo for an advertisement on the jewelry that she wears.

I wanted the picture to look more freezy and slightly supernatural.
Still I tried to maintain the models look/character.

WORK DONE:
- removed hairs on face
- smoother skin while retaining texture
- haircut and color changed
- nose smaller
- mouth smaller and now closed
- lips repaired
- new makeup and more contrast on eyes
- enlarged right eye
- new eyelashes on left eye
- eyebrows shaped
- emphasized shape of face with artificial light
- made jewelry shine
- fur collar adjusted to fill the frame
- color adjustments for a cold look
- I also tried to achieve a cross processed fashion mag style

The original picture was taken by pretty-kitty and offered for retouch on flickr. There are some other approaches on a retouch here:

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilblackcat/4062087692/

Looking forward to your thoughts! Thanks in advance!

-Alex
I like the soft tone of it nice work
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