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Old 03-29-2012, 03:46 PM
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my new retouching, any feedback welcome

http://www.flickr.com/photos/konstan...in/photostream
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Old 03-30-2012, 04:30 AM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

wow, very nice job here...maybe compare the right nosewing to the left one?
From my newcomers pov it looks great
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Old 03-30-2012, 06:27 AM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

thank you very much!
and this is the close up to the eyes....

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Old 03-30-2012, 08:22 AM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

I would do some of the hairs on the eyebrows and the get rid or improve the glitters above the eye
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:07 AM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

yeah you are right...
I had not touch the eyebrows and I think must remove some hairs...
about the glitters, you think are too bright?
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Old 03-30-2012, 09:28 AM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

kalispera,
not too bright but a bit sloppy, did you add these in photoshop?
I would remove them and make a glitter in PS myself.
Select a drybrush and make some on a new empty layer, use a big and some smaller brushmix in this layer. When finished , duplicate it(for the second eye).
Transform it to fit one eyelid, use warp to position it exactly.
Then sharpen them with usm large amount lower threshold to get that sparkle.
Mask them out where you don't want them.
Blend this once in hue and a duplicate in overlay, the last one maybe once or twice.
On the second overlay mask it on the edges so it is brighter in the middle of the eyelid.
Then drop down the huelayer to 50%. Adding a bit of volume by selecting the 1st overlaylayer and go to the embossfilter.
Try different settings for amount and heigt, and use the right angle according to the used light in your image.
Duplicate the toplayer to make the sparkle stronger to what you like. All is depending on the imagesize you are working on and 8 or 16bit.

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Old 03-30-2012, 06:35 PM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

kalispera capice! you speak Greek?
as you can see from the original I have not put any glitter by myself
thank you for your tip, I think I'll try to do it
cheers
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Old 03-30-2012, 07:44 PM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

You're losing a lot of definition and the eyes no longer look realistic. I used to keep anatomy illustration references for bones and facial muscles beside me when I'd retouch. It can help if you're having such issues. I can kind of see your intention, but the eyes really do need to work with the density and color of the rest. In my browser the skin looks quite low in saturation, so the bright blue eyes go a bit fake looking. the other stuff is that the cheeks and forehead go a bit flat post retouching. Overall I think you can do better than this. I've made the same kinds of mistakes I'm pointing out way too many times.
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Old 03-30-2012, 08:00 PM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

thank you Kav
you always have something interesting to say and helpful
I was wondering if you have something like a link or webside, I would love to see some of your work
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Old 03-30-2012, 11:25 PM
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Re: my new retouching, any feedback welcome

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I was wondering if you have something like a link or webside, I would love to see some of your work
I don't have any online . That probably hurts my credibility a bit, but I'm pretty careful on advice. I just noted the eye closeup. It's better than I thought in some areas, but you are losing texture in bits of it. I click layers on and off a bit to make sure texture lines up. In my opinion it's easier to retouch if you go a bit lighter on capture sharpening. Too much sharpening can make reasonably good skin look dry. It's better to got a bit under than a bit over in that regard. I still think you can do better (as I mentioned before).
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