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Old 09-19-2007, 09:07 PM
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Hello! My introduction here...

Hello everybody,

I just signed up on the forum and wanted to say hello... I also am posting a retouch I did and I wanted to know what do you guys think... Good, bad, terrible, great? What can I improve?

Thanks!

Andre

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Old 09-20-2007, 10:04 AM
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Hello everybody,

I just signed up on the forum and wanted to say hello... I also am posting a retouch I did and I wanted to know what do you guys think... Good, bad, terrible, great? What can I improve?

Thanks!

Andre

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Doesn't look like you did very much.

This is a good thing. Restraint is one of the unsung Holy Grails of retouching.

You might consider doing even less. It looks like you took down the intensity of the pores, particularly along her right cheek. I'd say split the difference between where you were when you finished your basic retouching passes, and whatever it is you did to soften the pores. Of course, I recognize that is just a judgment call. However, check out the area above her left eyebrow, into the center of her forehead; I think that has definitely gone too soft.

There's more to be done, depending on the final intent. The bulbous area along her nose could be straightened; there is way too much going on in the whole area under her right eye, irregularities in value that a dodge & burn pass could help a lot. In fact, if you're able to divorce yourself from the work you've already put into it and just stare at it, as though you're coming to it cold, you'll see all manner of areas crying out for dodging and burning. And if you do three more passes, you'll eventually find a reason to go back for a fourth. Eventually you have to stop, but I'd say at least one good pass is called for.

Nice subtle color move from the original. Overall, good instincts and nice work.
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Old 09-20-2007, 12:27 PM
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I must say that this was a very nice picture...your retouch was nice...I would def follow edgeworks advice here...he has the eye that we are training up

Welcome to RetouchPRO.com enjoy it!

I made my own attempt...I like it...maybe the red in the forehead was abit too much? i see that know...

cheers

gerry
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Old 09-20-2007, 02:32 PM
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Can't resist a pretty girl

Here's my take on it. I felt that the pores really detracted from the image so I used ByRo's degrunge technique. Also adjustged levels, curves, saturation to fine tune the skin color.

what do you think?

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Old 09-20-2007, 08:14 PM
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I must say that this was a very nice picture...your retouch was nice...I would def follow edgeworks advice here...he has the eye that we are training up

Welcome to RetouchPRO.com enjoy it!

I made my own attempt...I like it...maybe the red in the forehead was abit too much? i see that know...

cheers

gerry
Hehe she looks radioactive
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Old 09-21-2007, 08:45 AM
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Re: Hello! My introduction here...

Thanks everybody for your input! I'll try to go back to the photo and apply the comments here, and I'll post it back!

Gerry, I think she's too yellow now... And I think she's too pale on Stosh's version... :-) But I'll play around with her a bit more and will post it here later!

Andre
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Old 09-21-2007, 01:12 PM
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Hehe she looks radioactive
by that you mean to much color??..hehe


SCHNEIDER: Ok, I was trying a different approach here...but I have made a new version cuting down on the yellow! and WOW, what was I thinking?!?!?!?!?!?? LOLOLOLOL!!!

So here it its!

better?


gerry
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Old 09-21-2007, 02:52 PM
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by that you mean to much color??..hehe


SCHNEIDER: Ok, I was trying a different approach here...but I have made a new version cuting down on the yellow! and WOW, what was I thinking?!?!?!?!?!?? LOLOLOLOL!!!

So here it its!

better?


gerry

Much better! Must have been one of those I need to give my eyes a break moments .. For my taste I would still tone it down a bit more...but take it with a grain of salt, I don't really trust my monitor, the ups man should be bringing my eizo within the hour . (he better or else lol)
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Old 09-21-2007, 03:39 PM
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Adam: Miss my Eizo! gave it away to my little brother! That screen was very good! So Eizo is the thing to use when retouching!?


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Old 09-21-2007, 04:04 PM
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by that you mean to much color??..hehe


SCHNEIDER: Ok, I was trying a different approach here...but I have made a new version cuting down on the yellow! and WOW, what was I thinking?!?!?!?!?!?? LOLOLOLOL!!!

So here it its!

better?


gerry
Big improvement.

Try this: dupe your image and convert to CMYK. Set a curve adjustment layer in luminosity mode and pull your magenta quartertones down a bit, while anchoring your three-quartertones and shadows. Your color is okay, but you don't have enough detail going on. It's flat. This is always a good trick with flat skin tones. It will get a little squirrely with major moves, but for contrast tweaks, nothing works as well. (it has to be the magenta curve, and it has to be luminosity mode.) See what you think.

http://edgework.tripod.com/samples/contrast_curve.gif

(couldn't get the attach upload to work so I linked the curve here.

Note: when you convert to CMYK you'll lose all your detail in the red cloth. Mask it out of your adjusted layer when you pull it back to your RGB original.
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