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Old 11-09-2005, 10:06 PM
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Here's My Retouch

I know this thread is old, but I saw this ring and wanted to give it a shot. I basically used gradients, curves, tweaked the stone and airbrushed, also smart blur seems to work with some metals. regards steveb
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Old 11-10-2005, 12:06 AM
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Okay, since you opened it up, I'll play.... and I have seen worse!
~Nancy~
Your right Edge, it's all in the time you take...took 10 more minutes to play... but still could use more time... back to work
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:55 AM
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Nice try, looks gud.
I finally setteled for XARA, learning it as it can do better job than retouching.

Thanks
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Old 11-10-2005, 07:57 AM
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This wasn't a quick fix, but it was mostly time, not talent, that was required. I'm no illustrator, but using the air brush, it's not too hard to take the general regions already in the image and smooth them out into larger blocks of tone. I just keep sampling as I move the brush from one area to the next to insure that the colors I'm blending are from the real world object. Keep some sharp edges for realistic reflections, then some curves to brighten things up and shft the color. The gold was way too heavy in magenta and yellow, and too heavy overall.
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Old 11-10-2005, 08:05 AM
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Okay, since you opened it up, I'll play.... and I have seen worse!
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Nice touch with the sparkles.
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Old 11-10-2005, 12:33 PM
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Thanks Edge, I like yours ... the surface still looks like metal, not painted. I have a bunch of jewerly that I need to retouch and try to stay away from the airbrush, but I might just sneek some in there....
~Nancy~
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Old 11-11-2005, 09:59 PM
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Digipainter,

I have been using a new feature in CS2 that I absolutely love for this purpose.

It is the new surface blur filter - found in with the regular blur tools.

It takes all the colors and the imperfactions and averages them into one SMOOTH color that follows the original. This ONE SMOOTH color is then used on the top most layer and a black mask is used to hide the effect. Then use a white brush on the mask to just paint in the smooth color - adding just as much as you want and exactly where you want. Since youre using a mask - you can change your mind and try several attempts easily. Ive attached a quick picture - its a bit overdone - but it shows the smoothing effect of the surface blur filter. I use it on skin to even out the complection colors - and in jewelery like this to get a more even tone.

I totally agree with some other posters - get an ultrasonic cup size cleaner setup - there is too much dust on your jewelry - and in macro - it really shows up. Small units cost around $60-80.

Also consider a photographic TENT - its a white translucent cage or tent you put your rings in - its white in all directions with a peep hole to put your camera through - You light it from outside the tent - Man does it produce Marvelous jewelry shots - Jewelry just sparkles and no hot spots or bad dark spots. BH Photo has 4 or 5 models.

Ray
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Old 11-13-2005, 02:28 AM
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from photographers POV

I think most of the retouching ( except CGI that look s very fake )
here missed the most obvious flaw in the image -
black "tent opening" hole and white cardboard reflection .

I know it is there but the golden ring looks strange .

In my opionion it is just
a limitation of small object photography
( the lens opening is much larger then the object ) .

I would take away this to start with.

Here is a retoching ( I made on my own image )

Customer ( Art Director ) wanted a look with more accented, darker edges.

I' m not sure what the end customer ( jewellry shop ) will think , I know they tend to like more softer lighter looks .
Most of the things I see is on the verge to be too flat .
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Old 11-22-2005, 09:37 AM
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Ray thanks for this new tool info, I just tried it on a couple of shots & yes it does a better job of taking away small imperfections.
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Old 02-01-2006, 10:15 PM
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help.. URGENTLY

I had a hard time trying out all the techniques you guys have posted. Can someone simplify the best way for me to touch up jewelleries ???

I enclosed one raw pic and two final pics (the effect that i wanted )

Please help !!

Thanks.
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