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Old 12-16-2009, 12:11 AM
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I agree with you 100% lips are just um... ya i'd say get rid of them and go back to the natural color. Your retouch could use alittle more time under the photoshop microscope. I picked this photo because it had alot of annoying fly away hair and posed a decent challenge. The hair is distracting and reduces the quality of the retouch. you also smoothed the face but not the neck. when this is done it creates a separation and draws your eye (or at least mine) to the unsmoothed area.

Michael
Thank you!
I had never had critics on my work,I appreciate it very very much.
And yeah I usually make some mistakes like those you already mentioned.
other than that is there anything in the photo that you think I should work on?
Actually,I might do it again later.so I'd like to know what else you/you guys think it needs to be done
And thanks,Michael.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:26 AM
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Green is my favorite color. lol

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Old 12-16-2009, 12:34 AM
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thanks for the explanation. I thought maybe that was why you choose this particular picture. Those fly aways could have been much more easily dealt with before the capture. I like the sparkles you put in her eyes. If you have chance I'd like some C&C on mine

Can I invite the others to artify (yes it is so a word! :-)) my retouched version?

- Nancy

V. artifies, artified, artifying, artification.

To make art.
To apply artistic techniques.

are you asking to have other people retouch and "mess" with your retouched version of my photo? if so then by all means, i just want credit for the photograph. if you meant something else please clarify.

As for you photo first off i notice the catch lights. they just don't work for me. They are to transparent, they should be near pure white as the lights would be the brightest object in the picture. In order to get catchlights where you have them you would need a large round very soft light source coming from both left and right sides positioned slightly above model. you would also need three small lights placed directly under the camera facing up. in short... the lighting doesn't match the catchlights.

Your skin smoothing is good, smooth yet retaining some texture. I would of fixed the bags under her eyes as perfectly smooth skin and bags don't really go together.

Excellent job at fixing the lips. I wasn't sure if she was trying to bite her lip or it just got stuck but it is something that in my opinion reduces the value of the image. Nice work

You smoothed the face but not the neck. Normally i don't smooth the neck nearly as much as the face but i still smooth it a little. Personally i feel its distracting.

The flyaways were removed nearly 100% however when at 100% zoom I see a few spot on the upper right side of the forehead that were missed. but that's just the perfectionist in me!

This picture originally wasn't selected for several reasons mainly the hair and the lips. but from what I've seem most people have done a great job at bringing this shot up from the bottom of the barrel.
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:43 AM
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here's a bit cleaner version, what do you think?
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Old 12-16-2009, 12:45 AM
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(sorry wrong quote!!!!! this is for daaniieel)

Ok... last one and I'm off to bed. I don't work much but when I do i like to be awake!

I'd say your on the right track with the retouch so far. Its just not done. go back and fix the hair, tone down those fire engine lips and smooth the neck a bit. Don't smooth the neck as much as the face but maybe at least 50 to 70 percent. Look at other photos in magazines and of course the internet. See what they have done.

I'd also say that her teeth don't need to be that white. That's Paula Deen white and that is bad! At least you could white balance off from them!

give it some more time and you will definitely be happier. I spent 3 days off and on with the image. I just couldn't decide on tones and whether or not it was "done"

Michael

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Old 12-16-2009, 12:55 AM
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Honestly,I'm a bit confused about what of these advices are towards me!
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Old 12-16-2009, 09:30 AM
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Here is my try at it.
left the right eye for comparison of the doughnut .
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Old 12-16-2009, 11:13 AM
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OK, 204studios, let me have one of your critiques.
Please say something nice before the awful truth.
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Old 12-16-2009, 02:18 PM
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Re: Retouch this Picture to your hearts content

Thanks for the play. I am actually not retouching, but I thought I play for practice. Kindly comment if you please

Larger size here: http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2522/...4292a279_o.jpg

Just uploaded there for comparison. Will take it down in a few days!
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Old 12-16-2009, 06:58 PM
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here's a bit cleaner version, what do you think?
I have to say i like the "less baked" version alot better. I still think its abit to much. Perhaps reducing the saturation just a bit to reduce the red splotchyness <---i don't know if thats a word. perhaps adjust the red channel on a curves adjustment. but as I said before be careful as this can be tricky as I've found out!

You fixed most if not all the blemishes and areas of question except for the slight bags under her eyes. The skin looks alright. However, a full res version would give me the ability to look alot closer. I'm not sure how much texture you took away.

You cleaned up the flyaway hair very nicely.

This picture is a good example of how Less can be more in the end.

Good job

Michael
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