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Old 02-02-2004, 10:44 AM
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Question Replaced clothes and background

I've edited a snapshot into a photo to be attached on an application paper for admission to a preschool. In fact, I already printed it on 12/13/2003. ^^;

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clothes : a screen grab from a online-shoppingmall
bg : I made a pattern from the bg of the previous clothes, then filled.

Here's the original just resized.
http://myhome.hanafos.com/~venivedi/...m_original.jpg
and WIP
http://myhome.hanafos.com/~venivedi/..._3x4cm_wip.jpg

Any critics and suggestions would be welcome.
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Old 02-02-2004, 02:05 PM
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My main issue is with the focus - the hair (bangs/fringe, depending on your variety of English) is in focus, then the focus gets softer on the lower half of his face, then the clothing by the neckline, which logically ought to be softer focus still (look at your original) gets sharp focus again, in fact possibly even sharper focus than the hair.

The lower half of his face kind of looks over-retouched, even though I can't figure out exactly what you've done. Maybe it's the ear - did you just copy the ear from the other side? My eye keeps getting drawn to that area.

The background works OK - when you look at it, it's obviously a generated background, because the repeated pattern is quite obvious, but I suspect that wouldn't be so obvious when printed (particularly if you weren't staring at the photo trying to work out what was bugging you about the ear ).
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Old 02-02-2004, 04:01 PM
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It appears that you have copied the left half of the face to the right (from the viewing perspective), creating an artificial symmetry. Much of the "character" has been lost -- including the ear!

-Jeff
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Old 02-03-2004, 01:40 AM
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Thanks a lot for your input. Actually I've covered highlighted area carefully with right half of the face...to minimize the change of his face contour.
I'll try to fix problems after worktime. Thanks all.
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Old 02-03-2004, 01:25 PM
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Am I late a little? ^^
After work, it took about 3 hours for me and my sister to hang papers on the walls of my elder sister's restaurant...with cartoons.

Here's my another try.
# Copy composited image, then apply Gaussian Blur 1px
# Add oval shaped layer mask around face, adjust Advanced Layerblending option.
# Liquify the lower part of the left ear.
# Make RGB channel of the original into a alpha channel(Levels adjusted and apply Gaussian Blur)...copy it into the retouched photo...and its Levels adjusted with that layer-mask.

p.s. In previous attached images,
# I just copied nostrill part to remove snivel...and ear part to remove washed out area.
Other highlight part of the left half of his face just covered with other half of his face...of course...using layermask to restore skin texture. I tried not to change his face contours.
# Liquify : lips and teeth...that's about it. # Blur : Clothes and hair a little
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:18 PM
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It still just doesn't look realistic to me. I think you would get a better result staying closer to the original. I've been playing around with your source images and have an example of what I mean if you don't mind my posting it?
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:25 PM
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It still just doesn't look realistic to me. I think you would get a better result staying closer to the original. I've been playing around with your source images and have an example of what I mean if you don't mind my posting it?
I don't mind. Feel free to post.
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Old 02-03-2004, 04:30 PM
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OK... I'm not suggesting that this is in any way perfect, and I haven't spent nearly enough time on it, but it's closer to the way I would go about it.
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Old 02-04-2004, 10:45 AM
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Leah, I really appreciate your effort. I'll need your suggestion. Thank you.
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Old 02-09-2004, 10:40 AM
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OK... I'm not suggesting that this is in any way perfect, and I haven't spent nearly enough time on it, but it's closer to the way I would go about it.
Leah, please share how you did this.

-Jeff
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