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Old 07-09-2008, 12:01 PM
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How would you improve this picture

Did my best to improve this picture. To me there is little bit more work on it. The mom wants the dirt removed from the knee still. But this is what I have so far. The larger versions of the origanals are here
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http://i145.photobucket.com/albums/r...y/IMG_5465.jpg
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:31 PM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

mtpfamily, on your retouch my eyes are drawn to the very vibrant top...instead of being attracted by the (cute) boy :-)
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Old 07-09-2008, 12:50 PM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

The shirt bugs me as well. Even in the origanal the shirt is bright. Here is my attempt at toning it down. The shirt was easy it is the lizard on the shirt I am having problems with. I have tried to lighten and darken and burn but the differant colores of the lizard just seem to draw your attention there.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:07 PM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

Just a thought...

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Old 07-09-2008, 02:15 PM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

This may be a bit exaggerated, but so you can see in the low resolution. What I did: make a rough selection with the lasso around the lizard, copy to new layer and apply hue/sat adjustment as clipping below layer, color select the shirt, copy to separate layer and hue/sat agin as clipping below...

that's all...

Hope this drives you in the direction you like :-)
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:23 PM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

Tried the paint the lizard out and doesnt look right. Not to mention have to put the right pattern back into the shirt. I did select the hole shirt. desaterated little and the turned the lightnes down.
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Old 07-09-2008, 02:47 PM
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maybe taking out some of the distracting upper background?
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Old 07-09-2008, 05:01 PM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

Like Juergen said, "Just a thought.. "
Changed the format from the old 4X5 to 4x6 so they can find abundant frames for the pic... plus a closer crop
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Old 07-10-2008, 10:54 AM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

OK here is the final pic they chose. Did crop it more but left just a tad bit of the sky. Selected the whole shirt and went to hue and saturation, toned down the lightness and saturation. THen blured the back ground. Thanks for you input and advice.
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Old 07-10-2008, 12:14 PM
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Re: How would you improve this picture

one version
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