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Old 09-14-2005, 08:42 AM
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first duplicate the background layer

by dragging it down to the new layer icon. It's at the bottom of the layers palette. (Looks like a piece of paper with the bottom corner folded up). Then click the square with the circle in it (the icon that is the third from the right of the new layers icon). You will see a small white thumbnail appear next to the layer you just duplicated. (by the way, that's the layer you should be on when you click the "mask" icon). Make suer your foreground and background colors are at default by pressing the letter "d". then go to your paint brush and start painting making sure it's the mask you are on, and not the image thumbnail. The photo should start turning a translucent red for every place you paint with black. If you make a mistake, switch the foreground and background colors by pressing the x key, then paint where you goofed. There's a quicker way, but I have to go to work now and if no one else has answered you, I will send you more steps when I get back after 2:00 PST. Bye!
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Old 09-14-2005, 09:13 AM
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A quickie just to give some ideas
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Old 09-14-2005, 03:53 PM
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You might try some tips from this thread for Pageant Retouching.
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/sho...6&page=1&pp=15 Also Grafx is a pro at pageant retouching, you could look over her website/posts for some great pointers.

Here's what I got from this today-

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Old 09-27-2005, 10:01 AM
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Someone mention my name...LOL!

Here's some pageant pointers:

Remove all shadows/glare (they're all rather flat)
Brighten eyes, but they cannot look painted.
Eyelashes - some like more natural, others way fake.
Symetrical lips, and smooth edges - no crusties or drool depending on age.
Clone hair (I didn't have time to do this) - background should not peek thru.
Arch eyebrows - once again depends on look required.
Smooth that skin, but maintain the texture. I paint with "light" often using a separate layer on soft light.
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Old 09-27-2005, 10:06 AM
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Thank You

Thank You for all your help so far.. I haven't had time to try yet, things got really busy here, I am hoping to get in to PS when the boys go down for a nap

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Old 09-27-2005, 10:31 AM
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Thanks Grafx for the pointers! I have always thought that in pageant photos they didn't want any texture of the skin? Can you explain what you mean by smoothing the skin by using soft light? That is a technique I haven't done before and I would really appreciate some new info! Thanks!

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Old 09-27-2005, 11:56 AM
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Dreamypix,

It works really well with the children that already have smooth skin (most do) You still work out lines and blemishes with heal, light airbrush etc, but you can get rid of dark area like under the eyes without having the paint over them. You set up a new layer and set it to "soft light" The select a light skin color and paint over the dark areas at 100%. It will look really harsh. Then you go into hue/saturation and adjust the color/darkness to where you want it. You might need to mask out areas to make some lighter and some darker. Then clean up the edges with the eraser. I use this to try to keep a more "natural" pageant look (If thats possible...LOL!) You're supposed to have skin texture, but it must all be even. Lightening up dark areas helps with this and cuts back on healing and cloning. Pageant moms and photographer scream when you get too plastic.
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Old 09-27-2005, 12:18 PM
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Wow, that is a wonderful tip! Thanks so much for sharing! I haven't had the privilege of working with/for pageant moms or photographers. But I like to learn about it because alot of the tricks and techniques can be applied to glamour. One of these days I will get my name out there and drum up some business ( wouldn't that make the hubby happy?) until then I am just learning as much as I can. Everytime I think about jumping in with both feet- I find something else that I didn't know how to do and lose confidence. So, thanks again for sharing your tips! That was a really long winded thanks, wasn't it?

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Old 09-27-2005, 01:56 PM
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grafx,

i swear that if you tilted her head forwards or backwards, her eyes would open and close accordingly

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Old 09-27-2005, 02:55 PM
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Kraelin,
You asked for it!

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