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My first retouch using "professional" techniques.

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Old 10-18-2012, 03:49 AM
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My first retouch using "professional" techniques.

Hello,

This is my first attempt at retouching using "professional" techniques. Such as (my apologies if my verbiage is incorrect):


-split frequencies for healing


-using an applied image/"high pass" for smoother transitions


-pixel level dodging and burning


My degree and career is in design. So when I use photoshop, it is used VERY differently than a photographer or hi-end retoucher, but for quite awhile now, I've had a strong interest/fascination with high-end retouching.


If you could help critique my transitions with shadows, textures, color, dodging and burning, and give advice as to how to make these things better that would be amazing.


***I purposely did not fix her eyelashes. I am still working up a skill level to draw them or smudge them in better.

***stock photo came from sxc.hu


http://www.crystal-nguyen.com/images/BA.jpg


Thank you,
Crystal

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Old 10-18-2012, 04:42 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Welcome to the forum.

What's not to like?

Don't get hung up on the techniques, just use them to produce great images like this one!
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:39 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Yes, don't get hung up on techniques you can do just as well and better with plain old d&b and clone stamp those are real high end master those.
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Old 10-18-2012, 06:57 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Thank you for your suggestions. The positive feedback helps my overall morale. =) I should have clarified what I meant by technique.

My main concern is preserving texture at all cost and making it look REAL. So when I split the frequency, I heal on that layer because that layer only contains texture and not the tones. I guess what I'm trying to learn is how to make textures transition more smoothly because texture around the eye, your cheek, nose etc are not the same.

Also with the dodging and burning, I used a grey fill and painted on that but mainly just a dark curve and light curve (3 different layers total). My trouble with that was because she had freckles, it was hard for me to see what a "dark" area was. In general when I was that close I had a hard time telling what areas I should touch. I even had the help of a black and white adjustment of high contrast to help see. But even then it was a challenge.
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Old 10-19-2012, 01:52 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

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Yes, don't get hung up on techniques you can do just as well and better with plain old d&b and clone stamp those are real high end master those.
Amen! I used the split freq crap at a house in NY.....it was quickly replaced with the classics lol.
Stamp and D&B is how to retouch IMHO. I rarely even stamp.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:20 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Me too it's a good thing I let that go before I worked in a studio. However, it has it place I like it for doing wrinkles on clothes. I personally wouldn't do skin with it, that is just me.
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:20 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Thank you for the reiteration of using D&B and stamp/cloning/etc.

I'll just be more direct for what kind of critique help i'm looking for. Does her skin look weird? Do I need to do better on certain areas, like her cheek? Maybe my hair cleaning is sloppy? Does color need to be better?

There are a lot of very talented people on here and I've seen some of your guys' work/online portfolios. So I'm just seeking a more direct critique for example "No, that is sloppy or xyz, so go back and fix it so it's not so xyz."

Thank you
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:31 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Here is some of my retouching for you to look at just d&b, clone, curves.

http://forums.dpreview.com/forums/th...-post-50097482
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:50 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Thank for you that. I LOVE what you did with the color!

I'm not sure if its because my work monitor isn't calibrated but on my screen the burning is very intense and there are harsh transitions and funky colors going on in the burned areas on the edges of his face.

Thank you for this example, I appreciate your help A LOT!
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Old 10-19-2012, 02:58 PM
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Re: My first retouch using "professional" techniqu

Well, you probably right I did it with quick selections nothing serious but it looks fine for the internet. No hard transitions there you are probably used to the over retouched smooth look not fitting for a man. If I did what you are asking there wouldn't be any shape there its a fine line. Besides, i like a little texture in my images.
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