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Old 07-31-2005, 07:47 PM
lensbreaker lensbreaker is offline
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I would actually like to know what you did. I'm learning quite a bit actually. Each time someone tries something different, I pick up some more ideas. I think that I'm getting the hang of this.
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Old 07-31-2005, 09:03 PM
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thanks fats and nice job. very natural looking.

i also just had another thought... since the concensus is that this shot is too close, why not make a smaller image, but a bigger canvas and fill in his shoulders, put in a better background and really touch this up. think of it as a challenge in fact, this would make an excellent challenge pic, or even a contest pic.

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Old 08-01-2005, 10:32 AM
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Here goes.

1. Sence there was true black and white in the photo, I used the b&w eye droppers, in levels, to set b&w points.

2. I used curves to add cyan to his skin, and remove the red overcast in the picture.

3. I used the forward wrap in liquify tool to raise the corners of his mouth.

4. I used the clone tool, and healing brush to remove the dust, and spots from the picture.

5. I selected the dark areas around his eyes, but not the eyes themselfs, and created an alpha channel with the selection. I blured the channel with a 9 pixel gaussian blur, and then loaded the channel as a selection.

I created a curves adjustment layer, and reduced the dark areas around the eyes, while trying to keep it looking like his real skin color.

6. I used the clone stamp tool, to reduce the bags under the eyes.

7. I used neat image plugin, to remove some noise from the picture.

8. Added another curves adjustment layer to add contrast.

9. Added a hue - sat layer to reduce sat a little.

10. I then added a merged visible layer to the top of the layer stack, and set to soft light. I then ran the high pass filter with a setting of 3 pixels to the layer, and set the opacity to 60% to help sharpen the image.

If you have any questions, feel free to ask.
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