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Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

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Old 12-21-2006, 06:54 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

I did another one, working from my previous post... I thought this one had some pop.

Marsha
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Old 12-21-2006, 07:16 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

hair looks very fine...eyes are poppy... thx..marsha
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Old 12-21-2006, 05:13 PM
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deep deep deep

color is the key!

fast retouch
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Old 12-22-2006, 07:31 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

i got it.. not only color but light is the key pwl and all my sorrows were gone...thks to the amy dresser file i painted highlights and shadows.. and the image really popped

first thing solved...
but its always graini and not quite clear and brilliant...

thx for ur help guys...
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Old 02-24-2007, 06:08 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

I missed this post while away on holiday. Perfect lighting. Great shot. I would love to see your final reworking of it. Perhaps some accented highlights and selective sharpening would make it 'pop' just a little more.

By the way it also took forever to download your webpage and I am on fairly fast ADSL connection. I really like your work.

Sincerely Syd
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Old 02-24-2007, 07:13 PM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

what always impressed my about amy dresser, is how she makes her images look flawlessly clean. all the colors and pixels blend extremely well, and she also maintains a natural feel by keeping textures in tact.

amy dresser is great at what she does, and i look up to her and all her accomplishments. she is indeed very inspirational.

i went ahead and played with the image myself, and i hope its something you might enjoy.

didnt do anything crazy, just my own standard retouch. i concentrated mainly on her face, and not much her body on this image mainly because its only a JPG, and we all know the kind of pain comes along with JPGs. this is for sampling and sharing anyways, so i figured there was no point to go all out.

this is a GREaT shot to work with though. i wish i was able to work on the original RAW file so i can get the real potential of this image out. working with JPGs just sucks with all those JPG artifacts and broken pixels. but nonetheless, it was still fun to play with.

hope you guys like it!

enJoY!
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:08 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

Took your retouched desaturated picture and made a new layer with it over a copy of your original picture.. used the eraser to bring back the original lips and eyes.. Overlayed a copy of the original and reduced the opacity to 74% ... healed the moles and patch that showed through... but cropped them out to save size....

when you desaturate don't you lose the POP you seem to want?
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Old 02-25-2007, 12:58 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

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when you desaturate don't you lose the POP you seem to want?
Not necessarily. Black and white photos can have 'pop' too. 'Pop' comes from contrast and that could be a contrast of color or a contrast of dark and light or a contrast of subject and background. Bully's first retouch has neither a contrast of color nor a contrast of dark and light areas. That is why it is 'flat' even though it is an excellent picture.

To illustrate what I meanI have arranged three pictures just as you did in your attachment. I desaturated too but went for more of a contrast between dark and light. I think you will agree desaturated can have 'pop' too.

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Old 02-25-2007, 03:35 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

Thanks for the presentation.. I sit corrected (to late to stand).. My view of desaturation was a weakening of the colors and if you were to desaturate a B/W picture then I figured it would be like lowering the contrast, Sortta like using #2 paper instead of #5.. Guess I was wrong.. .. Your pictures look pretty good.. Manipulating photos in photoshop sure is different than in a darkroom.. I just keep on learning new things daily within this forum.. Ain't life great??
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Old 02-25-2007, 08:32 AM
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Re: Loosing brilliance while retouching ?

First i changed the mode to lab color
duplicated the layer
selected the lightness channel
clicked on the eye to show all channels
used apply image choose the a channel and overlay hit ok
press control 2 to choose the a channel
apply image again using the same settings
press control 3 to choose the b channel
apply image using b channel rest of settings the same
and came up with this
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