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Old 01-21-2010, 10:52 AM
ringus ringus is offline
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Portrait retouch

Hello everybody,

I've done another retouch which I would like you to criticise on. This time it is not any beauty photography. It's just some picture I've taken lately so I focused more on keeping character in the picture rather than making it absolutely spectacular.

What I did:
- removed some imperfections
- shaped face with liquify
- removed/assuaged wrinkles with D&B
- shaped face with D&B
- added highlights in eyes in the shape of soft box
- corrected skin tone
- corrected contrast, levels...

I don't have any suggestion what you could focus on. I'd like you to tell me what you like or don't about the image and eventually give some advices.

Thank you in advance.
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:06 AM
st.james st.james is offline
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Re: Portrait retouch

the retouch look fine to me, actually great work! However, as you said "I focused more on keeping character".. to me this looks like two very different persons!
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Old 01-21-2010, 11:31 AM
ringus ringus is offline
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Re: Portrait retouch

Thank you James for such a quick answer!
Maybe "keeping character" weren't best words for what I meant. I see her from time to time and "retouched version" is more like a person I have in my mind and what I can see when I look at her.
Original camera shot added her few years and I tried to subtract them back, tried to show how I see her through my eyes.

Thank you once more,
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Old 01-21-2010, 12:44 PM
rsvrdogg86 rsvrdogg86 is offline
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Re: Portrait retouch

I think you have changed the structure of her chin way too dramatically. Generally, in retouching, warping or changing areas is OK when its kind of an abnormality or bad camera angle, but you want to stay away from changing the persons actual face. And if you're going to do it, don't show it. I can see the area of hair that is smudged and warped because it was close to the jaw. The cheek is also becoming a little flat I would d+b or luminace curves. Good blemish removal tho. keep up.
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