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Old 12-16-2007, 10:51 AM
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Hi guys,
I'm very new to the site, and new to photo retouching in general...I can't seem to decipher the retouching programs well enough to make any changes look natural. I'd like to distribute this photo to my family for Christmas, but I'd like it to look a little more sophisticated than it does right now. Namely, I'd like to eliminate the shininess on my face, and the shiny streak down the middle of the trophy, but I don't know how much improvement is possible. Feel free to manipulate this however you like -- simply focus on the stuff I have indicated, or show me your best glamor restorations, or whatever you like! And please, let me know what programs you use/have used and what functions and settings...I'm so lost with all of this stuff!!
Thanks so much for the help,
Lindsey
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Old 12-16-2007, 11:18 AM
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Re: Can YOU help me make this photo look awesome?

What retouching software do you have? This will help focus the tips to the programs you have available to work with.
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:13 PM
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Re: Can YOU help me make this photo look awesome?

Hi Brok201

Email me the origial camera file, and I will gladly have a go for you.
tmax at wilsonhome dot info

Cheers

Simon
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:35 PM
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Re: Can YOU help me make this photo look awesome?

I'm a sucker for a pretty face, but a snapshot with a flash straight on from camera and such a small file may be hard to make look "Awesome"

Tried to keep it subtle, using Photo shop V7
mostly clone tool at 20% on trophy and girl
balloons used healing tool
selected teeth cleaned with image>adjustments>Hue/Saturation>red
made a new screened layer and masked out areas I didn't want lightened..
curves, sharpened
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Old 12-16-2007, 01:56 PM
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Re: Can YOU help me make this photo look awesome?

Hi,
I took the hot-spots out of your face, and reduced the shine from the cup some, but where it is white, there is not information to bring back the lettering. Beside, metal will shine, and doesn't look right if you remove all of the reflection.

To remove high lights, I use a soft brush set to darken. Sample an adjacent color, and paint over the lighter area. This is done in PS CS3
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:23 PM
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nice girl!
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:47 PM
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Thank you so much everyone! In response to T Paul's query ("What retouching software do you have?"), I have downloaded some trial versions of various software, in order to test them out and see what is the most user friendly for the future when I purchase. If anybody has a recommendation of a favourite application I should try out, please let me know!
Lindsey
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:51 PM
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try out freeware gimp!
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Old 12-16-2007, 02:58 PM
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Re: Can YOU help me make this photo look awesome?

Not exactly a glamor shot, but I thought the lighter lower background might help.

Juergen
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Old 12-16-2007, 04:17 PM
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I usualy charge for extensive retouching like that but since you're cute and I'm in a christmas/giving spirit, I did it for free. I hope your family enjoys it.
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