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Old 12-17-2008, 12:07 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

Manta1900,

Good job. Assuming this is a female mag???, very good choice on the background. Just a suggestion, you might want to take out some of those stray hairs. Just sample your background color and paint over them (assuming your background is even and not gradient). Very simple and quick.

I like the pink hilights, good detail work.

-Keven
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Old 12-17-2008, 12:26 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

ch33sewiz,

I’m afraid that I am not going to post a PSD... like we said; if you stand to make money off of it, then it’s not for free...

But as this is a place of learning, I will post my layers pallet. I learned everything I did here from this forum. So recreating it should be no problem if you take the time and participate.

Every step below except for the main folders is an action I made. Each one has a purpose and has its strengths and weaknesses. I will answer questions about what they do but not how to get the effect. Most of them are simple.

The main thing that makes my image better is the D&B. Everything else is mostly for lighting and healing. By the way, everything was done non-destructively (even the sharpening). You can go back and edit any layer and affect the global picture.

-Keven
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Old 12-17-2008, 02:45 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

The Photographer has a $4000 camera I would imagine he has aquired some PP skill's to go along with his photography skill's. He may consider doing the retouch for free especially if he knows that if he don't someone may slaughter his picture.

I will not sell an unprocessed photo for this reason. I don't want someone to make a mess of my picture and then put it on display...Someone may think it was I who screwed up.

Now Don't get me wrong, I can mess up a photo just as bad as anybody. But if I'm the one that did it then I can live with that.

But if I'm not the one that did it...I don't want that photo to represent me.

Also out of curiosity what is the cover size of your magazine? If it's simular to the USA it makes for a bit of an wierd crop.

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Old 12-17-2008, 06:04 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

well i fixed a lot of things, without direction you just do what you think its the best for the model n the magazine, here is my attempt to make the model look more magazine worthy... hope u like it...
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:03 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

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anyone want to help?
Maybe if you actually post the photo you're on about.
Without it you're on your own.
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:07 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

r_dg,

Is that a sepia on the skirt is that just a hue brown shift?

-Keven
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Old 12-17-2008, 07:26 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

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r_dg,

Is that a sepia on the skirt is that just a hue brown shift?

-Keven
actually i painted some brown in another layer in color blending mode, then i made a selection and put a selective color adjustment layer, tweaked the values a bit so it looked more natural.
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Old 12-18-2008, 06:39 AM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

r dg,

Thanks for sharing.

-Keven

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Old 12-18-2008, 10:23 AM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

hi again,

thanks for all the replies, and retouching... they're all great!
anyway, I tried to do it myself with tuts from here, and the results. I use the quick degrunge technique. d&b is really tough, and it will take me a lot of time to learn it. goodluck to me

I just tried it, but don't if it's good or what, c&c are appreciated

thanks guys
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Old 12-18-2008, 02:09 PM
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Re: touch up a photo, please help

ch33sewiz,

Overall, its ok. But you missed a lot of detail work. It looks soft but that is a trend now. Most people here would tell you that skin detail should be retained. That look can be found in lower end mag's.

Red:Hair clean up
Blue: heal
Green: sharpen, looks soft in the small thumbnail.
Yellow:dodge

-Keven
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