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First real attempt at retouching.

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Old 06-08-2012, 03:48 AM
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First real attempt at retouching.

Hello everyone,

I'm relatively new to the boards but I've been lurking for a while. I've just recently started to give retouching a serious go and I'm curious what some of you think. Feel free to be brutally honest, I can take it.

I know I kind of butchered the skin next to her right eye. This shot was an outtake and there was a bunch of stray hairs there making it hard to fix the skin. Any suggestions regarding those situations would be great since I obviously need to improve there.

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Old 06-08-2012, 03:56 AM
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Re: First real attempt at retouching.

Welcome to the forum.

It would help to see the original for comparison. It looks like you have done a good job on most areas. There will always be certain areas or features that one retoucher would change and another leave. For me I would dodge her left (our right) breast area as currently the shadow makes her appear 'squeezed' into the dress. I may also have addressed some of the crossover strands of hair.

Also to my taste the eyes are overdone, the whites are too white and the iris also lightened too much.

Well you did ask!
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Old 06-08-2012, 04:04 AM
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Re: First real attempt at retouching.

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Welcome to the forum.

It would help to see the original for comparison. It looks like you have done a good job on most areas. There will always be certain areas or features that one retoucher would change and another leave. For me I would dodge her left (our right) breast area as currently the shadow makes her appear 'squeezed' into the dress. I may also have addressed some of the crossover strands of hair.

Also to my taste the eyes are overdone, the whites are too white and the iris also lightened too much.

Well you did ask!
Thank you for the critique!
As for the original, ask and you shall receive. Here is a comparison between the two.
I had been staring at the picture for quite some time so I couldn't tell if the eyes were too overdone or if that was just me.
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Old 06-09-2012, 02:51 PM
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Re: First real attempt at retouching.

My first impression is that the image is blurred to oblivion.
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Old 06-10-2012, 01:34 AM
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Re: First real attempt at retouching.

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My first impression is that the image is blurred to oblivion.
Strange, as I didn't blur it. There was a little frequency separation that I did but the opacity on those is next to nothing so there be blurring.
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Old 06-10-2012, 02:35 PM
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Re: First real attempt at retouching.

So much for initial impressions - still . . .
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Old 06-18-2012, 06:54 PM
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Re: First real attempt at retouching.

Overall, it seems like a great first attempt at retouching. I'm new at retouching myself, so I share the experience.

I agree the whites of the eyes are overdone and possibly the size of the catchlights could be reduced (seems a little odd-placed in the overall composition). Quite a lot of headroom and excess whiteness above her. She does seem a little overexposed, but that does fit well within the high-key whiteish type setup that you were going for. I agree that it does seem a little blurred... no skin softening at all? Great job on the background and accenting the makeup. Keep up the good work.
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