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Good enough to show my skills?
I recently retouched this photo below for my friend in exchange for her letting me use it to show potential clients my abilities. Of course this is more of a glamour retouch, but it still was a lot of work! You can see the before image was pretty bad and was scanned in badly to boot!
Please give me honest feedback, be blunt-I can take it! Would you use my services if you were a photographer and needed some images retouched?
I'll give you 15 out of 10 for your work.
Because I think you overshot the mark in about 50%. But don't worry everybody does it.
My opinion is that a good retouch is one where eveyone who sees it will think it's the original - that is until you show them the 'before' picture.
The image on the right shouts "Retouched!"
- strange skin color;
- harsh background cut-out, especially the straight edges on the hair;
- skin too smooth;
- no little creases on the lips......
Advice (besides the old less is more):
- Sleep on it: When we are working we get so worried about the little things that we lose touch with the 'big' picture. Take a break and then look at it again;
- If you want to show off your skills, use a 'before' photo with a real problem and make a nice 'after' version. Starting with an 'OK' photo and making it better is a lot harder;
- When you think you're finished, mix back in 50% of the original. You'll be suprised how often that's the answer.
Keep having fun,
Not a bad start, but I agree that you have a very strong color cast in your image. Also the hair selection is a bit rough. Take your time masking out those areas to create a softer more natural look.
I quickly corrected the color cast (Image>Adjustments>Color Balance) and toned down the Yellow and Red color cast to show you how strong your color cast was. Then I copied your original image and placed it under your retouched image. Next I lowered the opacity of the Retouch Layer to let a bit of the original skin texture show through. I then added a few strokes to the hair to soften the choppiness and changed the background color (excuse the halos, but I didn’t have much time to dedicate to this). You have a good start and only need to fine-tune your technique.
A good tip for portrait retouching is once you blur the skin try lowering the opacity of that layer just a tad to let a bit of the original skin texture show through.
Note For those viewing thumbnails, make sure you click on the image and make sure it is at its full size as some browsers shrink the image until you click on it to enlarge it. The results are a very choppy image until you view it full size.
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