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Hello, Welcome to RP,
I'm quite new here too. Great resource.
Considering you were working with a low quality webcam pic I think you did a pretty good job. Nice tan!!
Welcome to RP!
Personally, before anything else, I also always duplicate the Background by 'dragging' it onto the "Create a New Layer" button at the bottom of your Layers' Palette. Why? ... For correction of my changes in case I'm not satisfied with what I did, and for comparison.
Let me add my welcome, djdk2000.
Regarding layers, what some people do is create a new layer for each major portion of the image to be worked on, e.g., lips, eye-right, eye-left, hair, whatever. That way if you totally hose over, say, the right eye, you won't lose any of the work previously completed.
Regarding what you've done here, two words: Very nice. For being a rookie, your work looks very sophisticated. Well done.
Thx for your comments so far! I've uploaded a original size
photos now but with somewhat lower picture quality but
as far as I know those pics looks pretty much the same after
converting from high to medium quality in PS. I had to do that
cuz the file has to be <100 kb.
I hope it's easier for you to se the details now.
I don't see the larger version of the pic, but with a webcam pic you can't do too much. The colour of the skin is nice, but it leaves her with flat-looking skin, like she's spent too much on Spray-A-Tan. Still, pretty good.
If I could recommend something, I'd say try less. You want to make your changes subtle, unless you have a good reason not to. Here's an example where some of the grain has been removed, some minor cloning, selective blurring and a levels adjustment and a crop.
Really, this is the basics of retouching and if you want to get good you should learn the basics first.
Just a thought -
and keep up the good work.
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