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Old 02-11-2006, 06:44 PM
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I figured I had to start somewhere. This is one of the few pics a friend of mine had of her Dad. What would you suggest to improve on what I have. thanks, John
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Old 02-12-2006, 12:40 PM
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I figured I had to start somewhere. This is one of the few pics a friend of mine had of her Dad. What would you suggest to improve on what I have. thanks, John
For a first time at bat it looks like you did a nice job. Unfortunately the uploaded image is way too small to offer specific comments/suggestions. Check out this thread for info/ideas on attaching/resizing images. (In a nutshell if you're using Photoshop, crop the side-by-side to ~ 10" tall, ~14" wide, 72 ppi and use File > Save for Web. Tweak the Quality setting until the file size is < 100kb.)

Upload a larger side-by-side if you can. I'd like to take a closer look.

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Old 02-12-2006, 02:04 PM
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Thanks for the feedback...let me try again...John
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Old 02-12-2006, 03:50 PM
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Skydog; First Retouch

Skydog, welcome to Retouch Pro. I like your retouch. I turned down the highlights slightly on your photo (the left one) by using Image/Adjustments/Shadow Highlights.
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Old 02-12-2006, 03:58 PM
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Ah, larger image helps a lot and I can further appreciate the work you've done so far, John. Nice job on replacing the background, I might add.

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[Note: I don't do this type of work professionally and very rarely anymore as a hobby. I'm more into arty manipulations these days, so take the following with a grain of salt.]

When you look at the attached image notice in the left image how the back of his coat and the shirt kind of blend into blackness. That looks kind of unnatural to me and to some it might find it a little (but not too) distracting. You might want to see what you can do about bringing out some of the coat detail to fill in that void.

On the skin tones, they might be a little shiney in places. I like the original coloring in the before [the one you uploaded] a little better, but since the final image won't be a side-by-side, I'd say the recipient will never, ever notice and will cherish the work you've done.

What program are you using to edit your images?

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Old 02-12-2006, 04:25 PM
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skydog,

welcome to RP.

i'll just quickly critique your job here.

i like that you removed the background. it was too busy.

i like that you brought out his facial features more, but the whites of the eyes are a bit too much... just a bit. just darken them a tiny amount.

you did a nice job of cleanup.

the tie and suit are just a bit too color saturated. i preferred the original on this. the tie especially looks a bit glossy. also, the suit is a bit more smudgy than the original. this could be smoothed up a bit.

the highlights behind his head are a good idea, but are a bit too narrowed here. i'd broaden them out and diffuse them a bit. make it a bit more subtle and with more of a gradient.

if you have a 'soften' or 'blur' type brush, set it to a small size and a medium to low opacity and run it around the edge of the outline of his head where it meets your highlighting. the edge there is a bit too hard.

overall, it's a very nice job. it just needs a little more 'finish' work.

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Old 02-12-2006, 08:24 PM
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thanks for all the comments thus far...some very good ideas...thanks
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Old 02-28-2006, 02:45 PM
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Skydog, you did an awesome job with colors ...and the background change was a big improvement along with the darkened vignette. I don't really have anything to critique I'm just throwing in a version with the saturation oomped up a little and centering him by adding a little height and width to the canvas.

Great job!

Beth
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Old 02-28-2006, 04:57 PM
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You're certainly right, Solitear, the head was way too high and was ruining the composition. Much better now.

Well spotted.

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Old 03-01-2006, 03:11 AM
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Thanks Rô . . . . . now, if I could just stay away from those softening filters . . . aarrrggghhh

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