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Old 06-10-2008, 06:04 AM
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Eyes correction

Hi everybody.. yesterday I was retouching my friend portrait and had some problems with eyes.. particularly under eyes areas.. she has some non attractive dark areas with wrinkles.. what is the best way to correct these? I tried my best to correct it but still not satisfied with the result.. the skin under eyes looks like after plastic surgery

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Old 06-10-2008, 06:26 AM
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Re: Eyes correction

The skin looks like plastic surgery, because you over did the look. You need to some of the shadows under the eyes to show the contours of the eyes. Try adding some of the shadows back in, or reducing the transparancy on your retouch in that area, so some of the original shadow can show through. It's best to reduce it, not delete it.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:22 AM
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Re: Eyes correction

Thank you for your adviсe Dave.Cox.. I forgot that I can reduce opacity in selected areas too not only for the whole picture
but what is the best tool to correct this kind of problems?
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:31 AM
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Re: Eyes correction

It really depends on your approach. One way you can reduce the opacity in just a selected area is: Add a layer mask to the area. Paint with black on the layer mask with a soft low opacity brush.
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Old 06-10-2008, 07:52 AM
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Re: Eyes correction

I think you misunderstood me.. I wrote it unclearly
I didn't mean tools for reducing opacity.. I mean tools for correcting eyes dark circles, wrinkles etc.. is it healing or cloning or anything else? or all of them?
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:11 AM
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Re: Eyes correction

I clone with a percentage. Say, 30%. Do it in a layer so if it's too much, you can reduce the opacity or brush some out with a layer mask.

Circles under eyes are like crows feet and smile lines. They make us who we are. It doesn't take much to look fake, or like someone else.
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Old 06-10-2008, 08:23 AM
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Re: Eyes correction

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I clone with a percentage. Say, 30%. Do it in a layer so if it's too much, you can reduce the opacity or brush some out with a layer mask.

Circles under eyes are like crows feet and smile lines. They make us who we are. It doesn't take much to look fake, or like someone else.
Thank you for advice.. I was trying cloning and patching in some areas.. but to reduce an opacity didn't come into my mind
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Old 06-10-2008, 09:29 AM
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Re: Eyes correction

Retouching around the eyes often involves removing wrinkles and lightening the dark areas or bags under the eyes. But all too often I see people get way too heavy handed with their retouching and end up completely removing the natural bulge of the lower eyelid.

I see so many beauty/glamour retouch shots where people clone the skin right up underneath the eye, effectively removing any sign of there ever being an eyelid there.
This will often make the image look a little odd and leave you wondering if they can close their eyes or not.
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Old 06-10-2008, 01:19 PM
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Re: Eyes correction

yeah I know.. but I'm doing it only for couple of months so it's kinda my first "normal" try))) I'll try to improve next time
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Old 06-10-2008, 02:00 PM
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Re: Eyes correction

You could use the clone stamp on lighten mode and about 15% opacity with a 75% hardness and go over the area until you have reduced it to your liking on a layer of course.

Or use the D&B method on a 50% gray soft light layer.
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