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Old 01-17-2010, 07:28 PM
kkamin kkamin is offline
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Retouching crit

http://i267.photobucket.com/albums/i...touch_0050.jpg

The intention of the photograph was to produce a 'clean beauty' make-up look.
I'm still having a hard time with getting her skin right. It seems like it has some cyan or green in it, but when I've been adding red or magenta it's been hard to tell if it is going in the right direction. I don't want the skin too warm with red or magenta, it ends up feeling less 'clean' to me then.

C & C welcome.

Thanks!

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Old 01-19-2010, 08:11 AM
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Re: Retouching crit

The color looks alright to me, I'm curious to see how you did on the skin detail though, from this small of an image it's hard to tell if you left the texture intact.
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Old 01-19-2010, 09:45 AM
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Re: Retouching crit

Overall the color is very nice, I specifically really like the lips and great job on the hair too. I would also like to see a close up of the skin. Around the eyes and cheeks it's starting to look a bit "porcelin doll". maybe a little d+b or different luminance curves to add a more natural look.
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Old 01-20-2010, 03:37 AM
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Re: Retouching crit

Here is a close-up of her skin. I made some changes from the original image I posted. I did think too much of her skin texture was taken out and that I dodged her cheek too much. The initial problem I had was that the model was for lack of a better word, hairy. She has a fine coat of hair that covers her face and thick hair that started at her neck going down her back. My only solution was to aggressively blur it out and then try to bring some texture back with a high pass layer in soft light mode with some noise added.

On this close-up I added some more texture back with a grain filter and then I burned her cheek a little bit. Let me know if you think there is enough texture there. Thanks!
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Old 01-20-2010, 02:54 PM
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Re: Retouching crit

Yeah, you've definitely got some plastic going on here. All well and good if you want her to look like a doll, but otherwise...

Might do you some good to start making/collecting brushes of skin details (pores, wrinkles, etc) to bring back some of it in extreme cases like this.
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Old 01-20-2010, 04:33 PM
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Re: Retouching crit

Are you retouching an already retouched image?
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:07 PM
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Re: Retouching crit

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Are you retouching an already retouched image?
No. The 'before image' is the image coming out of my camera.
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Old 01-20-2010, 06:09 PM
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Yeah, you've definitely got some plastic going on here. All well and good if you want her to look like a doll, but otherwise...

Might do you some good to start making/collecting brushes of skin details (pores, wrinkles, etc) to bring back some of it in extreme cases like this.
How would I make a brush out of a skin pore and use it in this situation? I can go back into the bottom layer and sample skin pores.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:14 AM
DavidBickley DavidBickley is offline
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Re: Retouching crit

basically the same way you make any other brush. I didn't suggest sampling from a previous layer because of the hairs you mentioned...sampling would just bring them back, right?

I haven't checked these brushes for quality, but you want to find something like this:

Hope that helps.
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Old 01-21-2010, 04:19 AM
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Thanks, bro.
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