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Old 01-04-2009, 10:27 PM
GlamGuru GlamGuru is offline
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Danielle, before and after

Hey guys,

I often get asked to show a before and after picture of an edit. My girlfriend worked an event at a convention center, as we walked around we spotted a Rolls Royce for a limo company. She was dressed the part so I asked her to hop inside. I had no flash so I set a high ISO and shot with the tungsten light available. It was pretty crappy. I also added a background that I thought was more appropriate.

Let me know what you guys think?

Before:
http://ferradas.smugmug.com/photos/4...9_7Sczq-XL.jpg

After:
http://ferradas.smugmug.com/photos/4...55_WKdEw-O.jpg
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Old 01-04-2009, 11:22 PM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

I'm not sure what your experience level is, but it looks like good work to my amateur eyes.

The one issue that really stands out to me and detracts from the image's authenticity is the perspective of the background image. It doesn't coincide with the car and consequently looks like the building is leaning backwards... just something to consider.

Nice job!
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Old 01-05-2009, 02:04 AM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

your retouched img its pretty good, the only thing i think you should correct, is the fact of the tint color of the windows, in the first image they are like blue-ish and in the retouched one they're completely transparent.
btw how do you removed the background? did you use a mask? or what? because you did it so well!!
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Old 01-05-2009, 04:17 AM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

Hi, my first impression is very good. I like this retouch.
Looking deeper I see the problem on the windows, they are completly gone, this is a little bit not looking good.
I like so much the retouch you've done on her skin. It's very nice and glammy. The tone on her hair is very nice done!
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Old 01-05-2009, 07:59 AM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

I would recommend softer edges on cut out places.It looks more natural without sharp edges.
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:12 AM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

great work!
My question would be the same with r_dg..and that transparent windows is really impressing..
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:37 AM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

I would recommend to darken the windows and add a color cast to them. Otherwise, you did a pretty good job on this picture !!
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Old 01-05-2009, 08:47 AM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

the perspective of the BG image is low looking high and the of the car/girl high looking low. You're looking Down at the top of the car and Up at the building. Take your BG and transform it to straight out the verticals, and stretch it so that you don't see the top of the building, only the sides and windows (The top adds nothing and only distracts from you girlfriend) Throw the BG more out of focus with G.Blur, since your depth of field would not carry to the building. The BG building should only place the the car in an environment that is appropriate, and not complete with your girlfriend. The comments of the window tint are right on, add some ND, blueish or greenish tinted, to the BG through the windows.
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Old 01-06-2009, 10:46 PM
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Re: Danielle, before and after

Thank you. I removed the background by creating a path with the path tool. Once the path is set, I make it into a selection and cut it out.

Paul

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your retouched img its pretty good, the only thing i think you should correct, is the fact of the tint color of the windows, in the first image they are like blue-ish and in the retouched one they're completely transparent.
btw how do you removed the background? did you use a mask? or what? because you did it so well!!
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