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Old 05-27-2008, 10:39 AM
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Re: My portrait to share

The second variant is just a crop of the first.. and as stated there were some blank spaces after the crop where I had fill in the corners with the clone tool..

Good model, good skin, good photography makes things very simple. The tools used in totality were very basic. Healing Brush, Patch Tool, History brush (Screen and Multiply on lips and eyes), clone tool, coupled with extensive use of Fade (Shift+Ctrl+F) (especially over and under the eyes after the healing brush) was all I used
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Old 05-27-2008, 03:34 PM
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thank you 0lBaldy.. the eye area was particularly interesting because you still left the shadow but it's not strong like was before.. now need to check through the website how to correct the color of the skin
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Old 06-03-2008, 09:14 AM
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Re: My portrait to share

Thanks for the photo!

I will post my version soon. But it will take some time.
I want to do a good job!

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Old 06-03-2008, 10:54 AM
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I would love to see what you've done! Take as much time as you need
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Old 06-05-2008, 06:42 PM
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Lovely Shoot, thanks for sharing it. This was my take.
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Old 06-05-2008, 08:37 PM
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Re: My portrait to share

Ilona,
Thanks for sharing a raw file with us. It is always nice to receive a larger file (especially raw format) to work with.

I only thought about a few steps... (a) overall color correction;(b) general cleanup of blemishes and a few fly away hairs;(c) and, some selective tonality changes.
This image has no retouch of eyes or skin, nor any lighting enhancements.
So, basically it is very close to "as shot".
From this point, it is up to everyone's own taste to make further changes.

I basically used raw to adjust the exposure and reduce a few saturated areas.
I then used Photoshop with multiple curve adjustment layers w/ masks to bring back the tonality in each major element.. skin, eyes, hair, lips.
That's it. Very quick and easy. Took about 10 minutes.

Good luck and thank you!

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Old 06-06-2008, 01:34 AM
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Re: My portrait to share

TommyO, your portrait looks very natural.. how did you make the skin color like this? she looks taned but not yellow.. anytime I'm trying to correct skin color I ended up with skin being yellow or has some non-skin color

you are welcome btw for raw photo! I will post raws later too..

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Old 06-06-2008, 07:26 AM
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Re: My portrait to share

Not sure if removing the bench was a good idea but this is mainly dodge and burn selected areas and a skin color change. Cloning and healing minimal blemishes and increase saturation. Too much maybe??
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Old 06-06-2008, 03:48 PM
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Re: My portrait to share

thank you for ur retouch swarbees.. I like how you did eyes.. little bit less lipstick I think.. IMO it is not a "make up" photo.. more soft natural look..

I kinda liked the bench because it made nice diagonal along the whole picture.. the whole picture actually is placed diagonally.. that's was my idea when I was taking the photo
The light on this photo is not good.. it's really hard to retouch it.. but it is one of my first tries on photography!
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Old 06-07-2008, 08:36 AM
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Re: My portrait to share

Ilona,
The way I changed the skin was rather simple.
- Added a curves adjustment layer.
- Ctrl click a light area of skin, and ctrl click a darker area. Basically selecting two points of skin, where you wish to adjust the contrast between them.
- In the curve, move the points based on what you want to do. Sometimes you must lighten the light point and darken the dark. Othertimes you must darken the lighter and lighten the darker. In your case, I ended up doing the first.. a basic S curve.
- Then, invert the mask (Ctrl-I) so it is black. Use a soft large brush with about 20% opacity to bring the effect back onto the skin areas only.
- Repeat for other small areas, each on their own layer.

Hope this helps. Again, it avoids any colorization and leaves it very natural.
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