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Old 09-24-2007, 06:29 AM
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Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

Hey guys!
First off, i LOVE this place, its so packed with info, its a shame its not as active as it should be!

Anyway, i came across this pic, thought it would be an interesting retouch. The guy has acne, once i cleared all that up, i found his skin was very blotchy and uneven...i really struggled here, even in my final outcome i still feel its blotchy!

Sorry the qulaity isnt that great, its really annoying for a forum where the quality of the pics count, that we are restricted to 100kb

I was going for a very clean, healthy look.

Here is the original pic if any of you care to have a shot at it

http://img206.imageshack.us/img206/1...ebeforezw3.jpg

Please give me some crits on the image thankyou
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Old 09-24-2007, 07:44 AM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

my take on this
http://img219.imageshack.us/my.php?i...ezw3dondq8.jpg

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Old 09-24-2007, 10:28 AM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

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... even in my final outcome i still feel its blotchy!
I don't think so! I feel that the not so perfect look may be more "natural"

Juergen
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:01 AM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

Hi Ankh1, nice photo, but I think you went to far, it is very soft skin, almost like a girls face. I agree with Juergen leave some texture to make it more natural.
Here is the start of what I would do to it.
remove large blemishes with the healing tool then Dodge and burn out the dark patches. That will leave the pores and skin texture.
I also removed some of the magenta color and upped the yellow.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:15 AM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

Cathy, i LOVE your version its very natural. I like allot!

I was going for the mega perfection look, but i can still see how i went too far!

What i still struggle with, is SEEING what im doing, At the time i thought it was okay, now a few hours i look at it again, and it looks way too much! lol.
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:21 AM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

Here's my take on the whole thing.

critique/criticism please!

http://i20.tinypic.com/rlcjtu.jpg
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Old 09-24-2007, 11:46 AM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

My try.
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:35 PM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

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Cathy, i LOVE your version its very natural. I like allot!

I was going for the mega perfection look, but i can still see how i went too far!

What i still struggle with, is SEEING what im doing, At the time i thought it was okay, now a few hours i look at it again, and it looks way too much! lol.
Thanks.
I have the same problem with SEEING. What I find that helps is to save the file and look at it again the next day, it helps to have fresh eyes.
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Old 09-24-2007, 12:50 PM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

I personally think your retouch looks great. Levels and sharpness are improved. The colors look realistic and I think the acne retouches work well. I'm one of those people who prefer a more natural look, especially with men, over the grain perfect retouching in beauty ads.

One thing you might try. Do all the acne retouching in a new layer with the healing brush set to "Sample All Layers." That will allow you to keep it separate from the main image. You can then blend the opacity with more control for enhanced realism. You can then even add another layer with even grain over top of all of that to further even the skin tone and you can have opacity control with that as well. I can see some division between skin that has been healed and parts that you've left alone.

Something that may be contributing to the skin seeming more blotchy is your sharpening. It seems to be accentuating it with jpeg artifacts. Use a mask and pull back the areas that are most blotchy.

And one other small thing. I would maybe make a Curves adjustment to bring down the heat on your highlights. Either that or add another layer to tone down the sheen on his forehead and nose.

Hope it helps.
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Old 09-24-2007, 04:40 PM
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Re: Teen Acne retouch (original pic inside)

Well I think the skin is still a little overdone but the combination of uneven tone from acne and bad makeup made it tricky. Here's my take on it.
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