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Old 11-28-2007, 07:52 PM
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Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

Still pretty new to the digital darkroom, and trying to find my way around Pshop. This forum has been a great resource and thanks for all the tips!

Here's a retouch of my wife. I think I'm getting there, but would love some input on what else I can improve. My goal with this image was to use the relationship of light to dark and some selective sharpening to try to have the viewer's eyes go from her eyes, then lips/face, followed by torso, hair and background.

Some concerns I have with the image are: Did I go overboard with the smoothing, or does it seem ok? I'm a little troubled by her right (viewer's left) cheek/lower jawline, but I couldn't seem to get it better (however a similar softness/ DOF issue does appear in the same area of the original).

Likewise, are the highlights on the left side (viewer's right) too much? Or is that more of an aesthetic/creative concern?

Finally, a program related question. The file size went from a few megs, to a final size of ~470 megs! Is this unusual or commonplace? The image did end up with a lot (I think around 20 or so) layers, with a lot of masking, but I didn't imagine it would explode to almost a half of a gig! Any tips on keeping file size down, or should I start looking at investing in my own server farm?

Any input on the above, or any other issues you can point out to a relative noob are greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-28-2007, 08:11 PM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

Mucker

Welcome to the forum!

I would have cut a bit on the smoothing part.
Regarding the size of the file: if you started with a full resolution image and added multiple layers while working on it, it could grow by orders of magnitude.

This is my try:

color correction followed by levels and curves.
Finally used the Portraiture filter using conservative settings.

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Forgot to mention that I used some USM for the eyes.

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Still pretty new to the digital darkroom, and trying to find my way around Pshop. This forum has been a great resource and thanks for all the tips!

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Any input on the above, or any other issues you can point out to a relative noob are greatly appreciated!
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Old 11-28-2007, 10:05 PM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

this is a great photo of a beautiful woman. and this is my retouch interpretation to it. i think your main concern was the skin. i went a bit beyond that. did some color and light correction, skin smoothing, vps (virtual plastic surgery) and some teeth/eyes bleaching. hope you like it. thanks for sharing.
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Old 11-28-2007, 11:37 PM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

You're on the right track but she's a bride, keep it as close to natural in complement.
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:30 AM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

I might have smoothed this a little too much, and no doubt it will look better on my computer that as a post here
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Old 11-29-2007, 12:45 AM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

Hi Mucker,

When you have completed a few layers and are satisfied with the result take a 'snapshot' of your work to date and merge the layers. If you do something on subsequent layers that you don't like, you can always go back to the last snapshot and start again.

I think you have made your image a little too dark, and got a little carried away with the smoothing :-)
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Old 11-29-2007, 01:10 AM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

Mucker
First thing I did was change the crop to try to get the eye to follow the way you suggested. Then I adjusted for white balance.
I burned the background.
Did a gausian blur on a color layer (had some hot spots from being jpeg'ed and shrunk).
I sharpened the eyes and added catch-lights, I also took some color out of the whites.
Evened out the skin tones.
Changed the curves.
Used the healing brush on the 3 tiny little blemishes.

I am curious how close I came to the skin tone. Did I go too pink?

Oh, and by the way, yes you went too far. You made your picture look like an oil painting, very nice if thats what you were going for. I have the same problem. I always find I've done too much when I go back and look after a time. I suggest going into each of your layers and lowering the opacity to 50%. Go back and look at it later and see what you think.
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Old 11-29-2007, 03:44 AM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

keep it natural, don't go down the "blur the skin path" or "fashion retouch path" maybe if the bride wants it retouched it's ok, but if not...don't

I just added more magenta/red, some dodging....
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:37 AM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

Really nice image to work with. The DOF was great on the original shot. Changing the background makes her look like she is standing against a wall. You loose a lot of image depth changing the background.

I agree with the other comments that the skin is pushed too far. I like the more natural look.

The angle of the light has created a strange catch-light in her eyes. I burned a little of the highlights out but could use more work. Also, there is no white showing in the right side of her right eye. I used the dodge tool to lighten.

The lower left of her lip is a little washed out and her teeth have a very slight yellow cast.

I tied to add a little more pop to the image with curves and local contrast enhancement.
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Old 11-29-2007, 04:57 AM
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Re: Bridal Retouch - On the right track?

Hey mucker, I gave this a shot. I didn't do any blurring or sharpinging. I did play with the colors, I was trying to warm it up and take out some of the green tint I saw.
Modified her eyes with new catch lights and finally some dodge and burn.
Hope this helps.
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