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Old 07-30-2007, 07:33 AM
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Need help and inspiration ...

Hi,

i'm new to this forum and need some help with a picture.

Maybe some of you could give me some inspiration, what to do with that pic
I have some ideas how to retouch it...but i'm interested in some other opinions...

Feel free to experiment with the pic and repost it to the forum.

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http://s3.directupload.net/images/070730/293ZDAI8.jpg

Greetz
Novi
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:39 AM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

Greetz, First of all, welcome to RetouchPRO. :-)

Your photo needs color correction. There is a definite greent color cast and is very flat. I did a levels adjustment to correct the green cast and reduced the resulting harsh reds with a hue saturation in the reds by shifting them more towards yellow.
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Old 07-30-2007, 10:10 AM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

This is my try. Very lovely young lady.

-I used a 3rd party filter for color correction.
-Reduced some of the redness in the face--at least it was on my monitor.
-Enlarged the pupil in the eyes.
-Smoothed the facial skin texture.

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Old 07-30-2007, 12:39 PM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

Hey novi, nice photograph, did you snap this one?

I gotta tell you, I didn't do a whole heck of a lot with this photo, because your subject is a naturally beautiful young lady. The consensus is that the photo needs a slight colour correction, simply because it has slightly more green/cyan in it. All I did was colour correct, adjust the pupils, and soften the face slightly.

Here are the stages I took to adjust your photo:

- After colour correcting, create a new layer
- Using the Paintbrush tool, paint in a pupil roughly the same size as the one in the photograph
- put a smaller white dot in the black dot (to resemble a light) I did it in the upper left corner.
- I dropped the opacity of the layer to about 60% so that the layers below would be visible, and so it's not such a harsh black dot.
- Make duplicate layer of the master
- Make a selection of the face
- Mask the selection of the face
- Put a Gaussian blur on the duplicate (masked) layer
- Paint the mask so that the eyes, brows, hair, mouth, etc. are not effected by the Gaussian blur.
- Adjust the opacity of the duplicate (masked) layer, so there is the appearance of a slight softness. Mine was dropped to 48%

I hope this works out for you, and if you have any more questions, don't be afraid to ask!
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Old 07-30-2007, 02:40 PM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

Welcome, here are a few steps I took...

1. Color correction as picture is too yellow (also used a selective color adjustment layer with mask to get rid of some of the redness in the face)
2. Healing for the few blemishes
3. A VERY light skin degrunge (tutorial in the tutorial sections)
4. Played with brightness & contrast to make it pop

And my result...
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:36 PM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

I did pretty much of the same. Adjust color. Darkened the face some and adjusted the red. Softened the blemishes some
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Old 07-30-2007, 05:32 PM
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I..
- corrected the green color cast 'by the number's' using the wihte and blacks of her top
- curves to darken the light BG
- enlarged the pupils & saturated the colors of her eyes using masked duplicate layer in Overlay mode
- matched the overall skin tone by painting on a blank layer in color mode with a low opacity brush and Paint With Light II action (atncentral.com)
- softened her skin with Kent's Skin Fix action from http://www.atncentral.com/download.htm
- sharpened and added a vignette to darken the borders.
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Old 07-30-2007, 08:16 PM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

Hi Novi. Welcome.

Pretty girl. I gave her my whole beauty treatment. Biggest problems to overcome were flat, hot lighting and color bleeding from ambient surroundings.
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Old 07-31-2007, 04:03 AM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

Hey Folks,

thanks alot for your comments and your work... I love the diffent versions.

@DCobb: Thanks I will give your compliment to her

@Nikolas: Yes, it's my shot...we do a long shooting outsite. I got arount 80 Pics of her... the green cast is because of the green gras and the sunny day

@Lonk
I luv your version... maybe a bit to perfect but excellent work. thanks

Maybe i will post another pic of her to the forum to play with... so i can get more inspirations from the forum.....

Greetings from good old germany...

Novi
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Old 07-31-2007, 07:20 PM
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Re: Need help and inspiration ...

I cropped this one so I could post a larger version without losing too much quality.

Syd
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