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Old 10-25-2008, 02:29 AM
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Hi All....so here is an image i got from here a while ago..forgot that I even had it so i started working on it this week. Now I was working on it mainly at home, but I noticed a few days ago that my imac screen is getting dark zones. (i will be fixing it)...with that said, the skintone might be a bit off. aside from it, if i could get some critiques of the retouching overall. I started with:
1. color correcting via curve adjustment layer
2. followed by skin retouching
3. filled in hair and brows
4. worked on eyes for smokier look
5. restructured jaw line, left side of neck, shoulders, top of head
7. D&B for contouring
6. smart sharpened

here is the link:
(the first one is smaller, second one is full size image)

http://s61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...rent=BnA12.jpg

http://s61.photobucket.com/albums/h6...=MODEL1bna.jpg

I filled in the hair with my wacom, and im not sure if fixing her baby hairs was a good idea, or if I should have just removed ALL of them and rebuild some skin =\
Also is smart sharpening used very often by professionals for these types of images?

Thanks =)
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Old 10-25-2008, 02:36 AM
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Re: What could I have done/what did I miss?

I apologize, clearly i wasn't paying attention, i should have posted this in the critiques section. Sorry =\
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Old 10-25-2008, 12:02 PM
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Re: What could I have done/what did I miss?

Jduran133,
I think you did very well. I haven't looked back to see if you ever stated what your experience level is. But either way, it is a good retouch. The areas you did modify look very good.

Regarding the fine facial hair, some customers want it for more earthy feel. Others don't want it to remain. So, at this point it is your personal preference.
Regarding smart sharpen, of course it and smart objects were introduced only in later versions of Photoshop. So, many people had never depended on them before. Hence, USM (unsharp mask) was the default standard, usually used in conjunction with masking. Most users find that different tools work differently depending on the type image. It is totally up to you. Most still use a mask in order to confine sharpening only where needed.

A few things to examine...
- white of eyes could be refined a bit;
- the makeup sparkles on her left shoulder are distracting and maybe should be removed;
- lips remain a bit too textured in comparison to the skin;
- possibly add/refine eye lashes, especially her left inner lids;
- I'm sure you were not too concerned about the jewelry, but the pearls were adjusted unnecessarily and should be returned to a lighter tone.

Last edited by TommyO; 10-25-2008 at 12:25 PM. Reason: Duplicated my comments to your critique post.
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Old 11-09-2008, 01:02 AM
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Re: What could I have done/what did I miss?

great job, you should make her bangle pop too
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Old 11-09-2008, 05:08 AM
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Re: What could I have done/what did I miss?

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Jduran133,


A few things to examine...
- white of eyes could be refined a bit;
- the makeup sparkles on her left shoulder are distracting and maybe should be removed;
- lips remain a bit too textured in comparison to the skin;
- possibly add/refine eye lashes, especially her left inner lids;
- I'm sure you were not too concerned about the jewelry, but the pearls were adjusted unnecessarily and should be returned to a lighter tone.
I agree with Tommy but the adjustment that affected the pearl necklace also affected the bracelet and the chin...theyve lost their definition (too dark). Lighten those areas and they will stand out again.
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Old 11-09-2008, 12:38 PM
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Re: What could I have done/what did I miss?

DSLR camera gives the image smooth picture, I would say it's better with sharpening.

Smart sharpening is fast and good, but not really that good. there is technique where you do in many steps and give the image very very sharp.

using levels, guassian blur etc., you can do a research on internet how to do a really nice sharpening technique.

where's what Ive done with sharpening thing. it looks better

http://www.piyada.net/sharp.jpg

I really like your pic, very nice done.
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