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Retouch challenge - Male headshot

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Old 03-12-2008, 06:48 AM
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I just don't get it, maybe Ant can help me understand?
He already has.

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There is a big problem here folks and that problem is your problem with seeing. You are going to struggle until you learn to see what is right and what is wrong. This deficiency will haunt you even though you might have all the technique in the world. If you can't see well.... train yourself. Be more objective. Really look.
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Old 03-12-2008, 07:34 AM
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Re: Retouch challenge - Male headshot

Godmother, I still use the clone tool to smooth out skin. I dont even use the healing brush tool even though I am working in PS CS3. It was how I learned and so it works for me. After many years I can work fairly quickly. I use different brush oppacities, depending on what I want to acchive. 17 to 23 to smooth the skin and more for blemishes etc. I work on a layer and when I am done I pull the oppacity down to reveal the original layer and usually leave it at about 70 to 85% to allow for a few lines to show through. I know the healing brush tool is supposed to be the best but I have never really got the same effects with it, or mastered it for that matter. What do you use?
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Old 03-12-2008, 08:26 AM
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i really think people need to get off there high horse.
if it was the first time i seen a post like this i wouldnt have said anything, but iv seen a couple of posts since iv been coming to retouchpro where people think its ok to degrade someones image they posted.

just remember not everyone is into retouching/restoring like you might be.
you can critique and suggest they learn things but you dont have to make them feel dumb for not doing so.
some people just do it as a hobbie and dont take it as serious as others, and dont have the time to learn.

but i bet if you suggested things that they should learn they might do so

just my thoughts on people being rude

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Old 03-12-2008, 08:33 AM
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Re: Retouch challenge - Male headshot

My submission is in high key.
Color and B/W
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Old 03-12-2008, 12:11 PM
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first post, first retouch
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:04 PM
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i'd say 9 out of 10 aren't really interested in what i am. at lest (least) the giants won the superbowl!!!
What are you?
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:18 PM
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Re: Retouch challenge - Male headshot

lee_the_flea…nothing special from me here, from what i can(barely) remember, i did 5 min of healing/cloning on the obvious imperfections (eyes, eye bags, nose, skin etc.) then 10 min of d&b to smooth out the skin and facial shape (like jaw lines, cheek) then 5 min skin mask to even out my skintone and make it more uniform. no tricks. *remember i had a quick go at it, don't take anything i did for a guide, as there are imperfections left.

klassylady25, to put it simple, i am not here to learn any tricks. (i just like to kill time and help others out. i also like the local nyc conversation.) i know how to retouch and know what it takes, and it took a long time for me to get there. once you get over looking for quick fixes, and filters and actions, and take the time needed, you will be one step ahead of most.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:39 PM
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Re: Retouch challenge - Male headshot

I didn't use the quick fixes. I used the tools within my program. Retouch is not my baileywick, restoration is, but I like to keep my hand in it at times. This was a great shot to practice with. I think the outcome was good. Thanks for taking time to write and clarify.
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Old 03-12-2008, 04:45 PM
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Re: Retouch challenge - Male headshot

best "tip" I learned over the last year or so as a retoucher…

"stop looking at the image as a retoucher, and look at it as the art director".

little things like that is what i'm here for.
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Old 03-12-2008, 06:21 PM
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best "tip" I learned over the last year or so as a retoucher…

"stop looking at the image as a retoucher, and look at it as the art director".

little things like that is what i'm here for.
I wouldn't do that if I were you, art directors, don't always have the greatest direction.
I'd consider the image from a point of view that as a retoucher it's your job to make the image look better, possibly better, than an art director could conceive. After all they're supposed to only give the image "direction". We can give the image a finish.

Having not been on this site long:
It makes me cringe how many people look for a filter, plugin or script to do what takes skill. There is no quick fix for photo's. You need to train your eye to what looks correct and find the methodology to give you the best result. Most of the greatest retouchers use the skills described on this site. Some people just need to get some finesse.
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