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Old 11-06-2009, 02:06 PM
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Critique this image

Starting to make a retouching portfolio for my website. Just wanted a quick critique of what I've done if you have any recommendations or suggestions please let me know! The link bellow is a rollover css image so you can see the original and retouched image.

http://sympa-inspir.com/rollover/rollover.html

original stock image here.
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Old 11-06-2009, 05:11 PM
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I think you did a good job, but I find the neck skin tones distracting in a way that makes the neck look too small compared to the head. And with the head pushed in, the shoulder looks too wide on her left side.
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Old 11-06-2009, 06:30 PM
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I did debate moving her head vertically up to extend her neck a bit but thought because of the camera angle it might end up looking unnatural.
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Old 11-07-2009, 04:32 PM
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I went in and lengthened her neck as well as moved her shoulder down. Also played a bit more with contrast.

http://sympa-inspir.com/rollover2/rollover.html
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Old 11-08-2009, 08:35 PM
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How about removing those lip claws?
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:04 PM
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I thought leaving some semblance of who she was might be a nice touch but I could just take them out . Any critiques on what I've already done though? Specifically I was wondering about the skin. I went in and created a new skin texture that I warped to fit the contours of the face and I'm not sure if I'm happy with it. I'd be interested to hear if there are any recommendations on how to completely retexture someones skin.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:21 PM
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Re: Critique this image

Very good job improving this image. I'm not an expert in skin, but what you did looks good. I would brighten up the side lights on her face. You have a very strong highlight area to the left of her that draws the eye away from her face. Muting that down may look odd, but I think with bringing up the highlights in her face would help the balance.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:47 PM
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Looking at the image now after a few days I feel like her face is warped outward toward the camera plane, like it was a super wide angle lense. Gunna have to play with the image more.
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Old 11-08-2009, 09:48 PM
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Very good job improving this image. I'm not an expert in skin, but what you did looks good. I would brighten up the side lights on her face. You have a very strong highlight area to the left of her that draws the eye away from her face. Muting that down may look odd, but I think with bringing up the highlights in her face would help the balance.
Is that highlight area in the second link as well or was it fixed?
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Old 11-08-2009, 10:01 PM
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Is that highlight area in the second link as well or was it fixed?
I was looking at the first post. The second post the face is better with the highlights, but the light area to her left is also brighter. Maybe tone that down a bit.
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