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Old 05-15-2009, 05:01 PM
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Old 05-16-2009, 01:56 AM
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Re: My first serious retouching - what do you thin

great work...i like it.
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Old 05-16-2009, 08:49 PM
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Re: My first serious retouching - what do you thin

Very nice, but also very subtle. I had a hard time noticing the differences intially.
I like your work with shadows. It felt like you had relit the face the way it should have been when it was taken. Nice work
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Old 05-17-2009, 04:46 AM
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Very, nice and ike above nice and subtle
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Old 05-17-2009, 06:51 AM
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Re: My first serious retouching - what do you thin

The annoying part is clearing all the pores and colour variations. I was using Dodging/Burning on soft light layer and then healing tool on the actual image.

Then I applied global blurring with overlay highpass layer to bring back some of the detail. That is quite easy.

The tricky part for me is learning how the make up would be applied - which parts of the face make lighter and which darker to enhance the beauty of the face.

Then I made some more Dodging/Burning, masked luminosity curves layers, channel mixer to BW, selectively add noise to the background and create highlight in the top left corner.

It took me about 2 hours.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:04 AM
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A little trick for evening out those nasty skin tones:

When there's variations in color that are apparant, it's never just 1 area that has that "wrong" color. I usually switch to the quick mask mode and use a soft brush to select the patches of skin that have the same color (roughly) and then make a curve for that patch. This I do for all the patches, until it starts looking nice.

It's like D&B, but then you can actually alter color a bit more easily than brushing in color.

Check out the attachment for an example of what I mean.
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Old 05-19-2009, 07:17 AM
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Re: My first serious retouching - what do you thin

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A little trick for evening out those nasty skin tones:

When there's variations in color that are apparant, it's never just 1 area that has that "wrong" color. I usually switch to the quick mask mode and use a soft brush to select the patches of skin that have the same color (roughly) and then make a curve for that patch. This I do for all the patches, until it starts looking nice.

It's like D&B, but then you can actually alter color a bit more easily than brushing in color.

Check out the attachment for an example of what I mean.
Thanks man, could be bit quicker to create darker area mask and lighter one as well. The problem I am having is that in normal mode adjusted colours are too saturated and in luminosity mode too bleak. Usually I create a copy and reduce opacity of one of those (and get a mix of both of them).
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:00 AM
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hehe, well it's never easy I'm afraid. Here's a part of my Color Correction layer set. It's from 1 of 5 players in this image, so you can imagine the total ammount of adjustment layers.

Good luck.
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Old 05-20-2009, 05:06 AM
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Re: My first serious retouching - what do you thin

Shh, that is impressive. I dont understand why you have two saturation adjustment layers with the same mask - could be one probably. Also so many curves - usually you can tweak quite a lot from two, three curves and careful masking. You seem to require a lot of control over your adjustments. What is the final photo?
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Old 05-20-2009, 07:39 AM
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Re: My first serious retouching - what do you thin

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hehe, well it's never easy I'm afraid. Here's a part of my Color Correction layer set. It's from 1 of 5 players in this image, so you can imagine the total ammount of adjustment layers.

Good luck.
Also How do you keep it from Not bleeding into the edges of your selcection? In other words how do you select just the dark patches and then when you apply the curve, doesn't it bleed into parts that are close?
I do similar but by D&Bing and even then I have to go quickly back and forth in case it bleeds where it is not wanted.
Hope that makes sense.
I guess the question is, How do you get it so fine (Your selection) that is does not effect "Pixels"adjacent?
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