I am a novice, seeking advice on how I could have better accomplished my goal.
1.jpg is the original. The eyes are untouched, and literally AMAZING. But that hand is in the way.
2.jpg - I rotated so that the pupils were level, making it easier to work with.
3.jpg - I cut out the visible portion of her lips and flipped it. Matched it up.
5.jpg - More cloning, healing.
8.jpg - Final.. for now.
Let me know what you think.
Re: Novice Retouch
Well in case you haven't been welcomed yet, Welcome to retouch Pro. I really like what you have done. Removing the leg/thigh in the background was an excellent idea. So removing the red chair on the other side would help too in my opinion.
I thought the child's highlights were a little too bright and tended to wash out the skin tones so I lowered the luminosity of the face somewhat. I also cropped the photo some to emphasize the child.
Its a matter of taste, and I think you did a fine restoration.
I think you did an excellent job of removing the finger (now if I could just do that in real life with my kids!)
The only thing I'd fix is the hair extraction on the right is too abrupt going to the new background--get a wispy brush of some sort with low opacity and smooth out the transition. Probably best to brush in normal mode on a new layer and then set the blend mode of the new layer (burn, darken, whatever you like to work with). Or use the same brush tip with the eraser tool and erase the edges of the hair (assuming you have the girl on a separate layer.)
I appreciate the great comments. I have to confess. I did this before I had any clue what layers were. I am still learning that now.
I really like the website, this is an amazing resource!!
O, ya know how long I tinkered with that pic??
I'd say I have a good 14 hours.
Yeah, I REALLY need to learn to be more productive. Nothing worse than working an hour on something and scrapping the whole session.
I see others' posts on how long they take, and I gotta say..
How do you get to be THAT fast???!!??
Practice I presume.
Last edited by Lacrymator; 12-20-2005 at 12:17 PM. Reason: Added attatchment
very nicely done on the hand removal. not sure it was really required with an image like this, but nonetheless a very nice job of it!
but, like someone else said, the image is too bright in the skin tones. she looks overly pale and needs some color. some children are pale this way, and if that's the case, why fine. but i suspect it's the lighting in this case.
i did a Fast Fix first (the fast fix plugin) just to get things somewhat close. lowered the lighting but raised to contrast and added just a touch more red.
added a brightness/contrast adjustment layer.
ran a blend mode of darkness on the fast fix layer over the original.
did a copy merge and pasted as new layer.
from the copy merge layer i made a completely new image.
on the new image, cropped closer and resized the image size
did some blending and smudging (very light) and some smoothing to even up the skin textures and coloration.
used the sharpen brush to sharpen her eyes and lips a bit.
did a dupe layer and gausian blurred at 1
blended the gausian blur level into the others with 'lighten' blend.
that was pretty much it. half hour job maybe.
I thought something needed to be done about the eyes. (Somebody should get the word out that flash-on-camera is an invention of the devil). So I made the pupils a little bigger and gave her new catchlights. I also thought the highlights on her skin made her look wet, sorta like she'd been drooling heavily. Smoothed a bunch with the healing brush, twiddled color, added a couple of blurrred layers at various blending modes, cropped.
And I'm not sure I would have removed the hand, either, if I were starting from scratch. It's kind of endearing.
Very nicely done.
I also wouldn't have removed the hand or straightened the head either (kids hold their heads that way).
Removal of the leg in the background - that was needed though.
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