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Old 07-14-2009, 02:56 PM
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Red face Super-clean beauty retouch

I did this for a critique thread from MM, but I wanted to get the RetouchPRO communities advice. I know the overall mood is slightly softer than the original -- I'll be making more creative enhancements later to toughen her up again. Until then, here's the super-clean version.

Besides the basic stuff (d&b, cloning, color correction) I did:

MANY dodge and burn curves layers
high spacial-frequency sharpening
extensive symmetry correction (mostly copying other parts of the image and repasting, not liquify -- it warps pixels too much)


I'm sure I'll think of more later... I'll be happy to answer any questions.

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Old 07-14-2009, 03:01 PM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

It's a bit soft for my taste but otherwise nice job. I'll like the use of D&B, all in the right places.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:45 PM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

Mike,
Overall, I like the image and your take on the mood. I do have just a few concerns.

1) There seems to be a loss of the depth/perspective on her right cheek bone.

2) There are some tel-tale signs of cloning on the hair.

3) Some of the skin texture did not carry into the final image.

4) The eyes. It does not appear much work was done on the eyes. Is that because you were focusing elsewhere, or pleased with them as they were ? Some additional work on them may help. Accentuating the iris's and improving the lashes could help some. There is that one lash on her left eye that looks like it is coming out of the catchlight - kind of distracting.

5) There is something with the hair line that just does not look natural. I think because it looks too straight. Most people have at least some curvature to their hairline, at least at the roots which are visible on your image.

That's about it for me. Again, very good overall; maybe just putting it aside for a day and then going back over it would normally catch all this stuff.
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Old 07-14-2009, 04:54 PM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

I'm curious why you lowered her hairline. She's definitely got some thick hair and a chaotic hairline, which looks nice and tidy in the after. But I might have leaned towards more forehead.

Her skin is looking a little porcelain-like, not just in texture but color. It's starting to look Photoshopped, which is exactly what you don't want.

Retouching skin, it ain't easy.

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Old 07-14-2009, 05:31 PM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

Thanks very much, the comments are much appreciated!

Glamguru - thanks, I spent too much time with the dodge and burn.

TommyO - thanks for writing all that out to me, it really helps. I see what you mean about the cheekbone loss, I'll alter that.

I was hoping nobody would notice that hair cloning, but I forget who my audience is. You caught me, I rushed that part!

Looking at the large size image, you're right. I took away more texture than was needed -- giving her an almost powder like texture. I believe my error in the skin coloring was lowering the vibrance. I wont do that next time, it lost her human like skin color variation.

I didn't do much with the eyes because this is the cleanup stage in the retouch. I'm planning on going back in and doing something amazing and creative with the makeup, but I don't know what yet. This version was intended to be a canvas for the fun part, but I also wanted it to be good enough to stand alone as a clean beauty retouch -- which it doesn't. That's why I stayed away from the eyes. Next version will have extreme eyes (but not too extreme).

Yup, the hairline is too straight. I'll revert that to an earlier version.

SEP Studios:
I thought her low hairline was part of what made her look interesting as a model, framing her eyes. Not to mention her powerful jaw and prominant chin. I try to enhance the features that makes her face interesting to me, while minimizing the ones that I don't care for.

In this case, I think her low hairline is an asset to her look, but that's of course a matter-of-opinion.
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Old 07-14-2009, 05:50 PM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

Oh, and I see what you mean about looking too photoshopped SEP. She's starting to look a little CGI.
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Old 07-14-2009, 06:57 PM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

If you want natural or super clean you have to stay away from Bluring or noise techniques.
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Old 07-14-2009, 11:40 PM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

I would personally choose the right side because looks more wild and rude. I think the skin is too soft too..
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Old 07-15-2009, 12:02 AM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

i think u remove facial hair really well. how do u do it?
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Old 07-15-2009, 01:38 AM
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Re: Super-clean beauty retouch

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I would personally choose the right side because looks more wild and rude. I think the skin is too soft too..
What do you mean by the right side? Did you mean the picture on the left (the 'before'), or did you mean the right side of her face?
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