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Old 03-15-2012, 04:50 PM
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How Did You Learn?

hello, i'm working on photoshop for a while, you can say i'm a beginner

i can
  • edit eyes even from black to any color
  • make eyes look very beautiful
  • edit skin
  • muscles

but the most important thing that i can't do is transformation from UGLY>BEAUTY

for example somebody who is naturelly ulgy(the shape ou his face is ugly)
it's something you cannot edit using skin retouch or eyes etc..., it needs removing and adding things

so for people who know how, HOW DID YOU LEARNED IT, and WHERE
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Old 03-15-2012, 11:59 PM
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Re: How Did You Learn?

There are healing,stamping, Liqufy skin evening...etc...which you need to learn.
These things are done by lots of experience and practice
Try Photoshop tutorials or youtube.
There are many option.just google beauty retouching u will get tons of answers.
Hope i helped
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Old 03-16-2012, 05:25 AM
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Re: How Did You Learn?

I would steer clear of altering peoples face shape for the most part. People tend to like to look like themselves If a model has a nose like De Gaulle, unless told to I would not be tempted to alter it.

You say naturally ugly, I say unconventional beauty!
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Old 03-16-2012, 10:11 AM
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Re: How Did You Learn?

That's the thing.
If ur doing a personal work u wouldn't do that.
But in professional Work u will do things in which the model will look good.
It doesn't matter whether the model's face is changed .
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Old 03-17-2012, 06:08 AM
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Re: How Did You Learn?

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There are healing,stamping, Liqufy skin evening...etc...which you need to learn.
These things are done by lots of experience and practice
Try Photoshop tutorials or youtube.
There are many option.just google beauty retouching u will get tons of answers.
Hope i helped
Healing and stamping are two of the least important things, and can be learned in virtually no time. Okay you should learn how and where to sample, but there isn't much to them. Usually if they fail, it's because they're the wrong tool for what you are trying to do.

Most of what the OP is asking starts to get into drawing and rendering. If eyes are black and devoid of detail, yet you're trying to change this and preserve some measure of realism, you're getting heavily into illustration territory. You have to understand the shapes present in eyes and how they respond to lighting, and understand the color palette of the photo so that they fit within that. Even then it's quite to accomplish such a thing if the detail just isn't there. If they're larger such as in a beauty shot and the lighting is just really horrible, you are most likely not going to end with a perfect result.

Muscles once again. If you don't know how to draw them, it's hopeless. Look at drawing tutorials and anatomy books rather than photoshop on this. You have to understand the anatomy and how it lights or you end up with the weird painted looking muscle highlights that I see all the time that completely defy the shape of the anatomy. It's okay for things to be a bit surreal, but most of the time you don't want it to draw your attention to an obviously incorrect muscle mass.

The absolute best thing you can do is look at a good collection of reference material and keep it beside you when you attempt this stuff. The finishing techniques I'd use for shading or detailing lighting and shapes in an illustration are actually quite similar to retouching. You might also note that top retouching studios used to mention illustration skills when they'd post job stuff on their sites. Now a lot of them look for cg skills with whatever modeling/rendering package they use.
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Old 03-17-2012, 07:54 AM
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Re: How Did You Learn?

people say beauty comes from symmetry.
so for eg.. if the left eye is a set distance from the center of the face the right eye should be the same distance.

here is an example.
its not perfect i just did it quick to show you
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Old 03-17-2012, 08:46 AM
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Re: How Did You Learn?

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That's the thing.
If ur doing a personal work u wouldn't do that.
But in professional Work u will do things in which the model will look good.
It doesn't matter whether the model's face is changed .
Yup, I agree. If its a portrait you don't change face structure (a litte is okay if it's not obvious ). The image is meant to portray them.

If its a model, their face/body is just an element in a composition and you should feel free to do what it takes to make the visual as appealing as you can.

--shift studio.
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