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Old 03-04-2005, 12:00 PM
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soleah, I think you have done a fine job restoring and retouching this photo. I particularly like the way you added the rest of the wedding dress's train and more floor to the foreground.

Now if I could get a piece of cake and a glass of champaign....
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Old 03-04-2005, 02:56 PM
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Fly in the Ointment

I hate to be the fly in the ointment here but I prefer the original background on the full size portrait, the retouch is excelent, but the whole image looks too uniform giving it the appearance of being slightly defocused. What I would do with this image is vignette the subject and use a sepia tone working from the edges inward. The blue background seems to give the image the appearance of a colorized photo.
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Old 03-04-2005, 03:51 PM
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Fine Adjustments

I think that both the adapted blue background and the yellow overlay both work best. I too would call this a wrap!

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Old 03-04-2005, 05:01 PM
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Honest critique? I still don't see any color in the clothing.
On my way out the door, but I'll try to post what I mean later
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Old 03-05-2005, 07:29 AM
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soleah,

Welcome to RP!

An overall very nice restoration, but, as Vikki pointed out,

point 1 : "I still don't see any color in the clothing."

point 2 : in the original picture, where the bride's veil is darker, it means it's more transparent so the background/BG colour shows through .... in your last correction, in my opinion, the veil is still a bit too dark/opaque and grey.

point 3: the whites seem to have lost a lot of details (folds and lace) due to their brightness...

point 4: the groom's face is much darker and 'flatter' than the bride's ....

I did a very quick correction of these points just to show what I mean ...

Hope this helps...
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Old 03-06-2005, 09:10 AM
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I hate to be the fly in the ointment here but I prefer the original background on the full size portrait, the retouch is excelent, but the whole image looks too uniform giving it the appearance of being slightly defocused. What I would do with this image is vignette the subject and use a sepia tone working from the edges inward. The blue background seems to give the image the appearance of a colorized photo.
Your version would be great, I love sepia. But for now, I just want to learn how to color.
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Old 03-06-2005, 09:27 AM
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Thank you, all. And yes, I do want an honest critique.

To Vikki and Flora, my heart sank when I saw your version. Oy! They're good. Which means, I have to get back to the drawing board again.

Exactly what color did you use on the clothing?


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Old 03-06-2005, 03:16 PM
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Thanks Soleah, but I can't answer your question. The trick to achieving a good coloring is realizing that nothing is ever just one color.
Where the light hits the dress there may be a little yellow, and the side in shadows may have a little blue. My suggetion is to experiment with images off the web. Download some wedding gown images, desaturate the image, then use the history brush to bring back the color on just parts of the gown. You'll see there is usually color there (not lack of it as one might think).
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Old 03-06-2005, 05:36 PM
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Thanks Soleah,

I'd only like to add one thing to what Vikki said .... visit Vikki's Gallery following the link under her signature .... sit back and enjoy everything there, but particularly her "Photoshop Digital Coloring" .... it's simply magic ....
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Old 03-06-2005, 11:26 PM
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Vikki's gallery

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Thanks Soleah,
I'd only like to add one thing to what Vikki said .... visit Vikki's Gallery following the link under her signature .... sit back and enjoy everything there, but particularly her "Photoshop Digital Coloring" .... it's simply magic ....
I've been to Vikki's gallery several times already. In fact, that's what got me interested in digital coloring in the first place. The colored images are just so...alive!

I think I better relax for a while and go visit the gallery.

Many thanks.
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