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Dreamy portrait, what you think?

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Old 05-07-2010, 01:46 PM
einfallspinsel einfallspinsel is offline
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Dreamy portrait, what you think?

Hi everyone,

on this portrait I tried the Amy Desser technique for retouching skin using curves only. Other than that I tried to make the portrait look dreamy and a little bit over the top while keeping it believable (if that's possible). I experimented with color overlays, x-processing and a soft grunge texture.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/gigajazz/4587305474/
(edit: updated version, made some of the changes suggested below)

On flickr you find both the retouched version and the original pic by Makargina. Please have a look at the full resolution version and tell me what you think. The link to the high res version is in the description under the retouched photo.

Any feedback and ideas on how to improve it are welcome!

Thanks for having a look, Alex

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Old 05-07-2010, 03:04 PM
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Re: Dreamy portrait, what you think?

I like what you have done personally especially the lips. Did you create the lip gloss from scratch or use another image?

Skin looks good in full res, nice and clean. Only criticism would be the greeny tinge to her skin from the x processing, makes her look slightly unwell looking.

Other than that I think its a good solid retouch. I'm no expert but I like what I see.
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:05 PM
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Re: Dreamy portrait, what you think?

Skin looks very nice. I like the glossy lips but at full size the "gloss" looks really fake. Almost vector like. May want to soften the edges of the sharp white bits.

I like the color hazing effect. I think it suits that picture.
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Old 05-07-2010, 03:16 PM
einfallspinsel einfallspinsel is offline
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Re: Dreamy portrait, what you think?

I think I should have excluded the skin from the color process, thanks for the hint. It really doesn't look too healthy.

The lip shine is just a few white brush strokes with a hard edge. Thus it doesn't look very natural at a 100% indeed, it's bothering me as well. I tried to blur it but it didn't really help and at full view the hard edge looked better. Then I also tried to dodge it where it goes through the wrinkles but that didn't help much, either. Maybe the shape is too regular? I found some really good looking lips with hard edge highlights but the highlights had a more irregular form. Gonna try that next time...
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Old 05-08-2010, 10:52 AM
einfallspinsel einfallspinsel is offline
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Re: Dreamy portrait, what you think?

Hey guys, thanks for your advise again!

I had a second look at the image and managed to improve some of the things you suggested:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/gigajazz/4587305474/

The green skin is fixed and the lip shine looks a bit more natural now (still not perfect though). I used a combination of blurring and smearing to make it more irregular. Finally I added a little bit of noise to the artificial highlights to make them look more like the rest of the photo. This last step helped a lot.
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Old 05-10-2010, 02:21 AM
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Re: Dreamy portrait, what you think?

Amendments made and now it looks great!
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Old 05-14-2010, 10:49 AM
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Re: Dreamy portrait, what you think?

I think it could use some contrast since the overall effect of that smoky effect makes the image very bland. Overall, good work!
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