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Old 12-15-2003, 04:30 PM
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Smile Practice Glamour retouch

Hello all!
This is a practice retouch I did of my friend. The original seemed dark and flat so I adjusted the light, smoothed the skin, applied digital make-up and replaced background. She really likes it! Hope you do. Pointers are welcome!
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Old 12-15-2003, 04:43 PM
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Talking oops!

I don't think the server is going to allow the link to work. Here is a before and after of the picture alluded to previously!
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Old 12-15-2003, 06:44 PM
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I really like this effect. It pulls you right to that lovely face. I would have extended the rays to the very edge to convey "infinite" brightness and beauty. I did a different but similar effect with my son. I'll post it if you like. Bottom line. I really works.

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Old 12-15-2003, 09:43 PM
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Ah... glad we got the image going.

Something to consider: Generally speaking you don't want a creative background to be more eye catching than than the person in the pic. That said, this is a very unique effect and you did a nice job of replacing the original background with it.

My suggestions would be crop the final image a bit so she's not right in the middle of the frame... perhaps just to the right of center.

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Old 12-15-2003, 09:56 PM
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You are right! I didn't think of it ! I'll try your suggestion.
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:00 PM
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Yes, Duv! Please post your the example you did of your son. I'd love to see it!
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Old 12-15-2003, 10:08 PM
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Cool Here is another effort

I may have gotten carried away with the background of this manipulation as well, but here it is anyway! Practice makes perfect!

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Old 12-15-2003, 11:29 PM
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Here's a pic of my boy. Not necessarily a great shot but I like the similar blur effort to your work and how it picks out his eyes. You are obviously having a lot of fun. In your last work there were just two things that came to mind: Hard light/Soft Light and maybe some edge blur. Anyhow, let's all gitty up!

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Old 12-19-2003, 05:57 PM
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I loved your picture with the horse. You did a nice job on the makeup of the first picture. How did you do it most of the time I can't get the color right you have a nice smooth finish
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Old 12-21-2003, 03:20 PM
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How I did it....

Thank you for the compliment:
In short, I did the following (tweaking as necessary)
1. Run Guassian Blur over portrait
2. Take a history snapshot
3. Undo Guassian Blur
4. with history brush set to low opacity, paint in foundation alternating between the lighten and darken modes

I found this technique in Katrin Eismann's Photo Restoration and Retouch p. 314. You can see the complete technique and example if you access to the book.

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