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Old 08-30-2009, 10:58 PM
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I've decided to try my hand at photo re-touching for my dd pageants. After downloading photoshop 7 the only thing I've figured out is that I'm hopeless. Heck,it took me 30 minutues to figure out how to post a thread on here. If anyone is bored and would like to take me under their wing, just let me know. The lingo everyone has used on the pageant/glitz forums is lost on me as well.

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Old 08-30-2009, 11:42 PM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

Well if you're a complete newbie to photoshop I would recommend to look at basic tutorials, on tools, layers, masks, etc. You can also go to Lynda.com to see video tutorials for each. Youtube is a good source too.
After that look for bluring techniques for the skin, using the healing or clone tool to edit the eyewhites. Adding digital makeup, and also cutting and pasting a subject from one photo to another.

You won't be able to do this tomorrow, first practice your knowledge on the basics and go up from there.

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Old 08-31-2009, 01:57 PM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

i would love to try to retouch one of your pageant photos
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:25 PM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

Thanks for your intrest! I've attached one of her pics that I took to submit to a local pageant. I got photoshop 7 but all I've been able to do is to make her look like a blurry mutant. I've followed a couple of tutorials on youtube but I've been pretty unseccesful.
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Old 08-31-2009, 11:38 PM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

Patience. Learn more about masks, so you can "administer" the blur only in parts where you want it.
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:20 AM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

Ok thats one of things the tutorial left out: what's a mask?
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:59 AM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

This will help you

Masking
http://www.photoshopcafe.com/tutoria...ng/masking.htm
http://www.grafx-design.com/12photo.html


http://photoshoptutorials.ws/
http://www.good-tutorials.com/
http://www.graphic-design.com/Photos...quickmask.html
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Old 09-01-2009, 06:05 PM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

Thanks for the links! I figured out how to mask but it's really choppy... but practice makes perfect right?
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Old 09-01-2009, 08:52 PM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

you can adjust the edges of the brush tool. right click to get the options and in the "hardness" slider put it to 0% if this doesn't get you better "edge blending" you can try to blur the mask a bit with gaussian blur (about 5 or 10)
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Old 09-02-2009, 07:29 PM
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Re: I need help!!!!!!

awsome. I'v practiced some and got a little bit better. I went through and whitened her eyes and teeth, made her eyes a little brighter blue, tanned her some and used the lipstick app. I've tried deleting the background and have gotten nothing but a headache. I tried to copy and paste the edited pic of her and it keeps copying the original. I don't know if it's me or the program... I'm blaming it on the program!
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