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Old 02-27-2009, 05:36 AM
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First Time Compositing

Hi Everybody, I am a newbee to all this...I am a make-up artist who got caught out with no camera and had to use a disposable camera. The photo I took was terrible and really wanted to make the most of the shots I took and thus have to retouch the image...something that I don't ever do because it defeats the whole purpose of my job

Anyway I think I have managed to make the image half decent with some adjustments, the one on the left is the original and the pic on the right is my effort. Now I want to move on to make it an ok image to a great image. Was thinking of superimposing the image onto a new background to make it more interesting.

I thought I would put it out there to get some ideas...I have tried a few things but unfortunately they all look terrible and also really fake so I resorted to a plain black background.

Would love to hear your thoughts on it...oh and any critiques...dont be nice, I need to make it as good as possible so can take any negative feedback

All the best

Emma
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:44 AM
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Re: First Time Compositing

Had trouble uploading the first time sorry.
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:02 AM
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Re: First Time Compositing

Emma, welcome to RetouchPro, Nice to have you aboard. Unfortunately your images have the size of a poststamp...hard to say anything...
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Old 02-27-2009, 08:51 AM
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Re: First Time Compositing

emma, Welcome to RetouchPRO Hope you enjoy your stay here and make lots of friends.

The following information may be of some use..

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Old 02-27-2009, 04:57 PM
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Re: First Time Compositing

Ok I read the instructions and I have made the images larger

Hopefully this is suitable if not...then I will host on another website like you said.

Thanks again for all advice and input
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Old 02-27-2009, 05:53 PM
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Re: First Time Compositing

Just some thoughts to try N help make it pop a bit more:

your original image
copied (Ctrl+J) change mode to multiply
(Ctrl+J)
(Ctrl+J)
Stamped all to a new layer (Shft+Ctrl+Alt+N+E)
made copy of background layer by dragging it down to "Create a new Layer" at the bottom of the layer pallet (next to the trash can)drug the new background layer to the top of the stack
applied a hide all mask (held Alt key while clicking the Mask icon (Square with a circle in it)
painted hair with white .. corrected mistakes with black
new Layer (Shft+Ctrl+N)
Zoomed in on lips... painted lipstick BLACK
changed Mode to Softlight... reduced opacity to 60%
Stamped all to a new layer (Shft+Ctrl+Alt+N+E)
Lightened and added highlights to eyes and lightened stud (dodge N Burn tools)
Ctrl+J (copied layer)
Filter>Other>High Pass @ 3
Changed mode to Overlay with Opacity @ 72%
Stamped all to a new layer (Shft+Ctrl+Alt+N+E)
Ctrl+J (copied layer)
Imagenomic Noiseware @ default setting
Applied mask (clicked mask Icon at bottom of layer pallet)
Painted hair, eyes, lips, stud, shawl... Black
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Old 03-04-2009, 04:06 PM
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Re: First Time Compositing

Thanks a million for your help it looks great.

What I was actually hoping to get from the post was advice on compositing the image onto a different background...

When I put it on a different background it looked terrible thats why I made it black...I would prefer to make it white or maybe even put something different behind her, but when I tried different things it looked terrible and quite fake and superimposed. I have seen some lovely compositing before, that looked believable even though it was superimposed on a very fantatical background. I don't know if I am making myself very clear but I hope you know what I mean

So basically looking for some advice on compositing and making it look real and a couple of ideas on that... thanks again

Emma
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