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Old 08-28-2006, 10:07 AM
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Gerald, keeping in mind Nancy's suggestion, I'd select the areas (teeth, eyes and nails), paint in colour blend mode a red/orange and then drop the opacity to a natural looking state. I notice the current tones are very cyan. Maybe individual layers per area
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Old 08-28-2006, 11:59 AM
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Just to prove my technique also works

Still needs a lot to do, don't like the gums and there should be some more colors in the skin, it looks too uniform in my eyes.
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Old 08-28-2006, 08:03 PM
Gerald McClaren Gerald McClaren is offline
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How to whiten teeth, nails, and eyes

PatrickB, what do I need to do to improve on the coloring of this photo. What color(s) do I need to add. Please elaborate for me. Thanks for the info.

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Old 08-29-2006, 07:20 PM
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I think most important is to bring some colors into the skin in general.

There is a terrible green-cast in your picture so I'd get rid of it first and color-correct it.

Then you might try to sample three skin-tones from another black woman and paint in the different areas. I think I remember Katrin Eismann has something like this published but I don't remember where. Skincolor varies from dark to light areas. Just one plain tone for all the skin looks too flat and artificial. I tried one thing: A gradient map with navy blue for dark and cad red for bright areas. Just for fun. It looks somewhat weird but that should be a start.

Then some more color to the nails, lips, gums, eyes and so on. Don't forget a red spot in the eyecorner!

Hm, what next... Study a color picture and try to imitate the color, that's what I'd begin.

But I have to say the comment I gave was a plain "looking from an amateur angle" since I don't know too much about coloring

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Old 09-01-2006, 08:59 AM
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retouching teeth

Hi everybody,

If I may propose a method found in the DVD edited by Lyndacom on CS2 instead of retouching the whole background you should first create an adjustement layer "hue/saturation" (filled with white by default) on a layer copy of it, desaturate the hue on the yellow range dial (eventually increase the global luminosity if required); then invert the adjustment mask so as to fill it with black and finally use a soft white brush to make the whiter adjustement slowly reappear on the part of the picture which needs whitening. You can modify the opacity of the adjustement layer as a whole to make the modification appear more natural. I have tried this method on a portrait, and well it works fine.
Hope this can help. Be kind with you for this is my very first post on the forum !
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Old 09-15-2006, 07:52 PM
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Here's a quick tip on whitening teeth.


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