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Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

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Old 05-07-2007, 09:43 AM
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Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

Ok I lied, DnB isn't the 'schnizzle' but it helps!

I've tried quite hard on this one, spent about 40mins on it. I didn't think the original had the feel of direct sunlight so I've tried to bring that out in the picture. Various techniques used, alot of healing a little DnB to even out skin tone, lots of curves and colour mods.

Feels like I'm getting somewhere now so I need to know if i'm not. So bring it on Ant

If anyone has any input good or bad I'd love to hear it

Thanks


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Old 05-07-2007, 11:17 AM
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Re: Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

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Old 05-07-2007, 11:52 AM
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Re: Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

I don't have the eye for retouching that many of the experts have . . . but from a purely amateur viewpoint I'd say you succeeded in bringing out a sunlit feeling. Those shadows on the face (guess they're from a window frame?), however, are really distracting.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:14 PM
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Re: Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

She's a vocalist I use, tracks called 'Trapped' so it's meant to symbolize bars of a cell. Thanks 4 the reply tho
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:20 PM
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Re: Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

If Ant doesn't, I will

What are all the streaks and pixelation going on in the areas that I have circled? No woman I know wants additional lines in her face. If it is intentional, then overdo it so there is no question. Otherwise fix it 'cause the rest of the photo is gorgeous.
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Old 05-07-2007, 12:35 PM
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Re: Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

Ouch....When I said be harsh I didn't mean........... No I'm kidding, thanks for the reply. I wasn't going for 'Dior' perfection, I think Lynde would get shirty with me if I made her plastic perfect but I see your point, her skin's a little dry, that coupled with what I've done to the picture does accentuate the issue. I guess I could DnB them out (I'm kind of anti blurring at the moment) what do you think? Or what would you do?
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:16 PM
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Old 05-07-2007, 01:45 PM
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Re: Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

I'd bite the bullet and blur then mask it.
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:30 PM
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Re: Ok I lied.......Be Harsh this time

Swampy, ok will do thanks.

Ant, feels like I'm being told off by my teacher, was almost expecting a 'see me' at the bottom!
Yeah you're right it probably is too sharp overall. But generally the skin isn't hideous right? I agree with your points but don't understand the "open" circles around the eyes and how do I sort out the green/cyan in the hair?
I'm gonna look at the areas you highlighted tho, like those stray hairs, the slight blemish on the lower jaw and my dodgy background masking which I missed on my old crt.
For the stray hairs are we talking healing brush?
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Old 05-07-2007, 03:44 PM
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Shlinky

Here's the best glamour retouch workflow I have come across. It gets rid of the "grunge" but keeps the small details to whatever extent you wish. It's not original ... got it froma tutorial on "removing the grunge" or somthing close, but here's the basic flow:

• Duplicate the image
• Zoom in to the offending area, and Gaussian blur until that feature just blurs out - note the radius and cancel the blur.
• High pass filter to the radius noted above.
• Gaussian Blur the HPF image by 1/3 of the radius noted above.
• Invert the HPF image
• Blend HPF layer with Linear Light
• Layer mask the HPF layer - black, removing the effect
• Paint white back to the layer mask in the areas where you wish to remove the "grunge". In your case, the pixillated areas. Use a soft brush at about 50% opacity

The grunge disappears, but the small details like skin pores, hairs, etc., remains.

Here's that workflow applied to your image with HPF radius 2.7 px. and blurred by 0.9 px.

Try it, you'll like it

Nice pic, by the way.

Stosh

P.S. The method above is copyrighted by byRo, a moderator at RetouchPRO. The complete method and explanation may be found at:

http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=213

It works a treat!
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