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Old 06-11-2009, 02:08 PM
bymasson bymasson is offline
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My First Retouch

Well, my first proper retouch. Would appreciate feedback. Edit and then original -

Sitting

Sitting - Original
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Full Length

Full Length -Original
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Portrait

Portrait - Original

Sorry for them being on flickr though.

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Old 06-11-2009, 02:37 PM
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Re: My First Retouch

It is difficult to see the differences between the originals and edits when you must toggle back and forth between them. I suggest making a single image out of both side by side and resend to flickr; that the "before and after" will come up together in a single click.

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Old 06-11-2009, 08:37 PM
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Re: My First Retouch

While it's a good first go, the devil is in the details. In the full length, for example, you could retouch all the dirt off the floor.

Since it's your first retouching attempt, it's kind of useless to throw a huge amount of info at you, so lets narrow it down. Do you have any questions or concerns that came up during the retouch process? Any roadblocks or techniques you found difficult that you could use some insight?
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:09 AM
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Re: My First Retouch

Maybe if I run through some of the processes that I used -

At first I was trying to use the saturation to bring down the colour of the background, which had a knock-on affect elsewhere - I soon realised that using levels worked so much better.

Then a curves layer to try and make it really pop. Used the DeGrunge technique from here to smooth the skin (love that technique!) and finished off with a light burn on the eyes to make them stand out. On the portrait image I also ran a light (50%) unsharp mask - I had done it as 100% but I felt it was way too harsh.

Basically I'm looking to get a more polished look in general - I am a photographer, though, so I'm not aspiring to be a photoshop wizard. There are so many styles that I love, such as slightly desaturated images such as this one

http://www.businessoffashion.net/wp-...or-dunhill.png
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Old 06-12-2009, 09:00 AM
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Re: My First Retouch

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It is difficult to see the differences between the originals and edits when you must toggle back and forth between them. I suggest making a single image out of both side by side and resend to flickr; that the "before and after" will come up together in a single click.

Rhonda Dinwiddie
Assuming your using a decent browser like Firefox.. just open each individual link in a separate tab. Then just toggle between each page to view differences.

Nice job on the retouch, btw! But i do feel that her eyes "pop" too much.
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Old 06-12-2009, 10:17 AM
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Nice job on the retouch, btw! But i do feel that her eyes "pop" too much.
I did have reservations about that. I'll have a look at toning it down somewhat. My pick of the sitting images has a different expression - this pick is the model's. I'll work on my choice and post it soon.

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...............just open each individual link in a separate tab. Then just toggle between each page to view differences.
Great tip for those struggling to see it. Thanks.
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Old 06-12-2009, 12:45 PM
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Re: My First Retouch

on this sitting, i'm not sure if that is way her eyes are, but seem too bright,
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Old 06-12-2009, 03:23 PM
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on this sitting, i'm not sure if that is way her eyes are, but seem too bright,
in all of the shots, or just the sitting one?
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Old 06-13-2009, 09:05 AM
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yes all, especially the sitting
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Old 06-13-2009, 03:11 PM
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Re: My First Retouch

Her eyes are a very pale gray/blue colour, but I'll watch out for it.
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