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Old 04-01-2005, 08:08 AM
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Face/Skin Retouching


I'm new to this and am so pleased that I stumbled across a sight that helps people out with photoshop!

I don't really know what I am doing when it comes to retouching or photoshop really! But I like to play around and see what results I get.

My friends are always pretty impressed that I can make them look flawless etc but to me when I am looking at the pics I have done they don't look right. I really want to know how to make them look realistic.

I will attach a before and after picture of my friend and see if anyone can offer any advice.


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Old 04-01-2005, 09:33 AM
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Hi James. Welcome to RetouchPro!!

I think you did a fine job, maybe a little too smooth. You might try dragging your correction onto the original, change Blend Mode to Luminositiy and adjust the opacity slider until a bit of the original skin texture shows through.

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Old 04-01-2005, 10:34 AM
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Thanx Dave

That looks a bit more realistic now!! Great help.

Its so complex all this photshop stuff, I hope one day I can master it all!!!
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Old 04-01-2005, 01:28 PM
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Hi James

Welcome to the forum...

I think you did a marvelous job, i am sure someone who experts in this will come along and help.

Good luck!
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Old 04-01-2005, 04:04 PM
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Pretty good job, especially for someone just starting out. You've kept the retouching subtle, although it's hard to judge with such a small image.

Since you asked for advice, I see a few things I'd do differently.
Perhaps these little things are what makes it look "off" to you.

Looks like a bit too much smoothing, especially under the eyes. When you smooth it that much, you change the natural features.

The highlights aren't evenly retouched. Too much shine has been taken off the nose (tends to make it look like it's made of silly putty).
The area under her nose doesn't appear as if it got the same treatment as the rest of the shiny areas.

Her hair, the shadow behind it, and the wall, all have a green cast.
It's actually difficult to judge what her hair color should look like.

Hope that helps.
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