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Old 08-05-2012, 01:33 PM
sparky.retouch sparky.retouch is offline
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New Work - Comments Welcome

Hi,

I have finally decided to give retouching a serious try.

Any comments/critique on my latest work welcome:

http://sparky.viewbook.com/album/retouchingportraits

Thanks
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Old 08-05-2012, 04:45 PM
pellepiano pellepiano is offline
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It looks like you use some automation when "smoothing" the skin like inverse highpass and/or blur. To get most control the Healing Tools and Dodge and Burn is to prefer for images you do serious retouching on.
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Old 08-06-2012, 11:29 AM
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It looks like you use some automation when "smoothing" the skin like inverse highpass and/or blur. To get most control the Healing Tools and Dodge and Burn is to prefer for images you do serious retouching on.
Thanks for the input.

My workflow is as follows:

-Correct colour
-Heal the big blemishes with the healing brush and clone stamp
-Split image for frequency separation
-Smooth out skintone on the low detail level using median filter and clone stamp
-Do some fine texture work on the high detail level using healing brush
-Do some dodging and burning to lighten up shadows and tone down highlights

Like you said I probably went a bit over the top with smoothing out skintone on the low frequency layer. I'll try to either use a lower radius for median or fade back the effect next time.

Also, the full size image has definitely retained skin texture (due to the frequency separation technique) but when it got resized to the web thumbnail it became much less visible, hence the slightly plasticky look.

I agree with you about using D&B but at the moment I don't have the skill to use it well for retouching fine detail. I use dodge & burn to even out larger areas of light and shadow and will use it to tackle more fine work when I've build up some experience.
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