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Old 01-09-2010, 08:11 PM
einfallspinsel einfallspinsel is offline
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Question Beauty retouch - ice queen

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

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Old 01-10-2010, 06:53 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

I like it very much, well done.
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Old 01-10-2010, 09:17 AM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Thanks Cathy! What do you like most and what do you like less?
I'm looking for some ideas and thoughts... Thankyou!

Maybe a more specific question:

I'm kinda unsatisfied with the lips, they look a little unreal to me.
Any ideas on how to retain more structure when the original lips look so rough?

My approach on the mouth/lips was:
1) clone out only the most distracting things
2) dodge&burn on wrinkles until almost flat
3) dodge&burn to get back to the original shape
4) adjusting colors
5) painting in new highlights (stolen from another pic, the Amy Dresser way)
6) Make lower lip smaller
7) Close mouth using transform/warp (didnt' like the way the teeth looked and a black hole didn't look good)

Anyone know some lips tricks? Or lips tutorials?
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Old 01-10-2010, 02:30 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

I like the way you changed the hair around the face, and removed the fly aways best.
With a closer look the lower lip on the sides it seem distorted or not exactly like it is real. This is were drawing skills would be helpful. I'm not sure how to tell you to fix it though, sorry.
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Old 01-10-2010, 05:00 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Thx Cathy! Most of the new hair is actually painted. Flicking back and forth between original and retouch I can't really see any distortion on the sides of the lips. In my eyes it's rather the texture than the form that makes it look unreal!?

You have some nice pics on flickr btw!

Maybe someone else has ideas on retouching the lips?
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Old 01-11-2010, 02:13 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

nice work! I like how you worked the fur/hair around the chin. Just a few things...
I would clean up the eyebrows just a little more on the tops.
Personally I would like to see a little more shine on those lips, they are looking a little dry. It is one of the tougher things to do in retouching, so you just have to play with painting in some highlights. Finding a good shimmery lip and copying it from another photo is certainly acceptable too..nice work.
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Old 01-11-2010, 03:37 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

rsvrdogg86: thanks for your comment! I think you're right about those lip highlights. I'll have another try there! Maybe I should try painting this time! Regarding the eye brows I'm not a fan of the super clean look here. When I removed the lil hairs above it looked too photoshopped to me. Also it had sort of a calender-girl feel rather than a fashion protrait feel (hard to explain). Anyway I might try to bring in a little more order and lighten the upper hairs a bit. Thanks a lot!
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Old 01-12-2010, 03:33 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

cool I like the job.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:41 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

I gave this a try, first just to retouch it, then I wanted to see what it would look like more symmetrical.
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Old 01-18-2010, 02:56 PM
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Re: Beauty retouch - ice queen

Good work, interesting to see your detailed approach on the lips, Cathy! I must say I like the natural symmethry better, though. I like your artistic retouch of her skin color and makeup! You should post your version on the photographer's flickr channel. I am sure that she will like it: http://www.flickr.com/photos/lilblackcat/4062087692/
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