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Old 07-11-2006, 06:44 PM
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Yes, that is what I mean. I also often see people also using techniques such as duplicating the layer and setting the layer to multiply or soft light. Not a good technique by itself.
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Old 07-11-2006, 06:46 PM
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Maybe also enlarge her pupils a little to help soften her eyes.
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Old 07-11-2006, 08:00 PM
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Well this thread is full of good advice, and I feel no shame at all in echoing Vikki's words of great wisdom....

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Originally Posted by Vikki
.....in order to improve an image, one needs to know what is wrong with it in the first place.
Another piece of advice would be.. "as well as knowing what is wrong, see what is right."
The folks have already pointed out what was wrong, so let's see what's right:
- A pretty face (which is most probably why you chose this image );
- Nice hair-do;
- Natural type background.

Now all we need to do is to fix the bad things and preserve / enhace the good things.

I ran this through my little toolbox, but I did not clone, or push anything around.

General toning....
1) Un-highlight, toning down a little;
2) "Rounded" the face;
3) Adjusted luminosity levels of the skin;
4) Increased saturation (in LAB);

Enhance the good things.....
5) Enhanced the details (hair, eyes, mouth);
6) Sharpened;
7) Blurred the background, and took out some stray hairs using Median;

Finishing up...
8) Fixed the lighting with a sortta vignette;
9) Using LAB curves, decreased the green of the leaves and increased the red of the lips.
10) Painted the colours of the jacket and the chest area.

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Originally Posted by PatrickB
Portrait retouching should be the removal of obviously bad things, exposure, color casts, red eyes, blemishes and stuff.
Beauty retouching begins (to me) where you start enhancing certain parts of her/him.

When we were battling the terms in the "glossary" threads that's about were we ended up.
Portrait retouching is where you must always preserve the complete semblance to the original subject.
In beauty (glamour) retouching the only thing that matters is the final product.

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Old 07-11-2006, 08:43 PM
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Ro, is this really the picture you wanted to attach?
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Old 07-11-2006, 09:41 PM
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How do I invert the color I am painting with?

Nancy mentioned this:

"There may be some residual discolouration but that can be fixed by identifying the approximate shade then inverting it and painting over it on a color dodge layer at a low opacity, this will neutralise the colour."

I know how to invert things, even for removing color casts, but how do I choose a color then invert it?
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Old 07-12-2006, 12:40 AM
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well you can either select the discoloured area, filter->blur->average then invert the colour, pick that colour and then undo it all. Or you can sample the colour and then just subtract the RGB values from 255.
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Old 07-12-2006, 06:01 AM
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Ro, is this really the picture you wanted to attach?
Oops, I've been messing around with the settings at home - something must have got out of line.
I'll fix it tonight.

Thanks.

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Old 07-13-2006, 12:29 AM
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Before I go to far..

I worked on this, but before I take it too far I wanted to get some input on how close this one is for a light retouch.

Also, thanks to all of you for the great feedback on this. =]
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Old 07-13-2006, 06:19 AM
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That looks great, very subtle and natural. You've improved the image whilst retaining the likeness to the model. I think you could probably get away with reducing the bags a *tiny* bit more and bringing your burned shadows up around the sides of her face up to her temples, and blending them in, to give a slightly round look.
You could also leave a small parting in her hair, this is acceptable.
I think you've done really well, you've corrected the colour, you've enhanced her features and added depth to her face without altering her overall look
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