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Old 06-10-2009, 05:36 AM
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What i can do better

I have question how i can make better my work
there before and after pic
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:17 AM
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Re: What i can do better

I'm no great retoucher, but I think that it's pretty ruddy good as it is, chap. Care to explain what you did?
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Old 06-10-2009, 06:30 AM
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Re: What i can do better

1. crop
2. some curves and levels work
3. "Daves eternal glow" action on higlits"
4. hue/saturation on red and green (to make nice skin & make up color better )
5. some clone work
6 ataching image to AIM rgb, multiply it and back to adobe rgb
7. some doge & burn on 50% gray layer
its all, but i interesing another ideas for this image retouching or some critique
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Old 06-10-2009, 07:03 AM
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Re: What i can do better

and second photo with some highpass
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:20 PM
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Re: What i can do better

To me, 'retouching' is the art of improving a photo without the retouching effects standing out as such!
In those 2 photos cybermantis clearly intended for his 'retouching' effects to stand out. Therefore that is not retouching, but compositing, imo. It is the creation of an entirely new image.
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Old 06-15-2009, 10:22 AM
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Re: What i can do better

Hi Cyber,
Personally, I like the second posted photo better than the first. In the first photo the whites of the eyes have been completely wiped out and have no feeling of the roundness of the eyeball. Also, the overall high-key effect is taken a bit too far to where you're starting to lose the roundness of the features in her face, the feeling of the light. Looking at your website I noticed other instances where I think the high key effect was a bit overdone, that the effect draws attention to itself and distracts from seeing the photo as a whole. Just my opinion. That said, I think you have many great photos on your website, I really love your work.
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Old 06-17-2009, 02:28 AM
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Re: What i can do better

I second holgaman on his perception of the white under eyes, perhaps make the color area bigger? either way there is too much white, and the features of her face blend in too bright.
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Old 06-17-2009, 03:18 AM
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Re: What i can do better

Following Setting are Very Important in PhotoShop before working on any Image

1) Set the Total Ink Setting according the LPI (Line Per Inch) of Jobs and Paper Quality
2) Choose UCR & GCR > Black Ink Limit
3) Color Management Setup (If required)

As per my opinion following points are required for Improving the Color Percentage

1) Check Color Percentage of Shadow & Highlight (Again Shadow & Highlight is depend on Paper Quality)
2) Perform Color Correction from Curves according the Percentage of Color
3) Or we can Also Use Selective Color (i always prefer it, because it is very easy to control the color separation)

Note: All points are from while user go for Printing and Color correction is always depend on Paper Quality. For Web: use default colors mode for better result because every monitor have his own color setup, use standard color Setup.
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