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Old 09-14-2007, 01:53 PM
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Fake Pageant Photos

I would like to know how this is done. I've been playing and I just can't seem to figure it out. A lot of people can retouch like this, so it can't be that hard, really. It must be that once you figure it out, you have a pattern and you just do it.

I know that having the right lighting and all that is key, but you guys must have some tricks up your sleeves, so ... share them please!

The skin smoothing, I think I have that figured out (although I still can't make it look as good as them! it must come with lots of practice?!) But what I would REALLY like to know is how do they the perfect eyes and mouth. It's like they make the eyes bigger, wider, brighter, whiter ... lol just basically everything. And adding the eyelashes, well ... I don't think they use premade brushes! Or maybe they do once they draw them themselves first!

It gives me a headache thinking about it all. I could really use all the help that I could get. Here is an example for reference ...

The photos were all done by the same photographer, one is a non-retouched proof, and the others are finished examples. I need to go from proof to finished, obviously so .... help please, lol!


Non-Touched Proof
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v332/Angie789/red.jpg


Finished Photos
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v3...untitled-2.jpg




And I know that these look fake, but that's the point, and that's how they're supposed to look, so it's ok. And also, I tried to attach them, but they were too big ... so I hope linking them is ok.
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Old 09-14-2007, 02:21 PM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

To learn how to do retouch pics to that quality...maybe study videos on youtube for and hour and you should be good to go

However if you want to do a beauty retouch that you can't tell is retouched (look at 99% of magazine covers) then you have to study as many photoshop books as you can, learn photography and practice for hundreds of hours

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Get this book to help you start out, and go over it cover to cover not just beauty they will all help you. It goes through step by step basic retouching as well as a little higher end skin fixing using dodge / burn techniques, more information here than we can tell you in one post.

http://www.amazon.com/Photoshop-Rest...9801714&sr=8-1

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Old 09-14-2007, 03:10 PM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

No offense but those are some scary freaking bratz dolls.

Is that level of overdone retouching really the norm in child beauty pageant contestants?
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Old 09-14-2007, 03:18 PM
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hahahaha.....this is soooo funny...it's this the picture parents want for their kids????? baby pageant pictures is even more scary...WHY??? That is so typical american...even normal baby/childre aren't pretty without HEAVY retouching...

I have no comment on the technical aspect of this thread...


Gerry
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Old 09-14-2007, 04:29 PM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

those retouches are very scary
nothing artistic in them. Retouch is about making something look better . Kids are so beautiful already, they don't need retouch. I think those contests are kinda silly. After all, the ones that request these kind of works are focusing more on an imaginative image of their child, instead of seeing the natural beauty and innocence of kids. A retouch should improve the idea of the photo and this kind of heavly-overdone style is just .. fake. Kids are simple and subtle, fragile and the retouch is so strong. This is why it doesn't work.
So my personal advice would be to not even bother learning this technique and try to focus on some great, beautiful tutorials.
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Old 09-14-2007, 05:32 PM
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Why?
Thats some sick stuff!!
Little girls dont need to look like women!
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Old 09-14-2007, 08:51 PM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

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That is so typical american...even normal baby/childre aren't pretty without HEAVY retouching...

Gerry
not trying to hijack this thread but I certainly don't think this is TYPICAL.
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Old 09-14-2007, 10:30 PM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

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not trying to hijack this thread but I certainly don't think this is TYPICAL.
Actually, it's quite typical: of smug, decadent, elitist Europeans living in self-congratulatory bliss while their bankrupt socialists paradises roll over and play dead for every fascist thug that rolls down the highway. That's okay, we saved your wimp hides last time, we'll do it again. Have another latt
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Old 09-14-2007, 10:33 PM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

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hahahaha.....this is soooo funny...it's this the picture parents want for their kids????? baby pageant pictures is even more scary...WHY??? That is so typical american...even normal baby/childre aren't pretty without HEAVY retouching...Gerry
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not trying to hijack this thread but I certainly don't think this is TYPICAL.
Actually, it's quite typical—of smug, decadent, elitist Europeans living in self-congratulatory bliss while their bankrupt socialist paradises roll over and play dead for every fascist thug that rolls down the highway. That's okay, we saved your wimp hides last time, we'll do it again.

Oops! Did I generalize? Stereotype? Hmmm... maybe we should just not go there on this forum. Whaddaya think?

Oh, and as for the Photos, I think the parents should be arrested.
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Old 09-15-2007, 04:38 AM
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Re: Fake Pageant Photos

EDGEWORK: I'm sorry if I was being rude to all the american reader, I apologize...But there is a big difference between pageants from america to european...I don't even think we have pageants for kids that small...

cheers

Gerry
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