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Old 12-16-2009, 07:22 PM
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Normally I only do restoration work.
My first time working with a beautiful girl.
Gosh how I like them!

Maybe I should venture into retouching.
The girls sure do look pretty.
Thanks for the fun...
at first glance I'd say that the compression is a little strong resulting in artifacting reducing detail. I'd say to everyone who didn't upload a full res file somewhere other the retouch pro so we can all appreciate the work were doing. with that said I couldn't really tell how much skin smoothing you did or didn't do so i'll skip that. note: i used save for web, jpg at 25% size with a compression value of around 46.

Fly aways are great it seems like everyone who attempted the removal of hair did a great job.

You attempted to slim down the nose but because the shot was a 3/4 angle it takes a little more then just pushing it in with the liquefy tool. It looks odd. Adjusting the shape would take a combination of the liquefy and dodge and burn as much of the shape is subtle shading.

Great attempt at fixing the mouth. I wouldn't say there was anything originally "off" about the mouth.

The overall hue of the skin is a little too orange. Adding a channel mixer adjustment layer and decreasing the red slider, increasing the blue and green a bit. this takes a bit of playing as its not exact. Additionally reducing the vibrance or saturation.

the contrast of the photo is a little low for my taste but that just what it is... my taste. I like a little edgier and contrasty image.

...and that's my 2.5 cents!

Michael
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:35 PM
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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!
Overall excellent job! I only noticed a few areas that stuck out when viewed full...

around the eyebrows you attempted to clean up the hair and shape the eyebrows. you didn't replace the natural texture of the skin around the areas that you patched. it really isn't obvious enough to fret over. Other then that you left the scar or what ever it is on the models lower right cheek. this is not a huge deal but i did notice it.

i like the color treatment. I kept going back between a warm and cold tone. warm won with me.

Thats about it.

Michael
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:36 PM
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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
thanx, I have to admit I did't do a very precise job as I didn't want to spend more than a couple of hours playing with it. I wanted to get something more than the regular skin-colours, but I'll take a look at the red chan for sure. thanks for the feedback.
I'm attaching a few crops
(although some are compressed at 65% should give better idea about the skin texture)
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Old 12-16-2009, 07:40 PM
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thanx, I have to admit I did't do a very precise job as I didn't want to spend more than a couple of hours playing with it. I wanted to get something more than the regular skin-colours, but I'll take a look at the red chan for sure. thanks for the feedback.
I'm attaching a few crops
(although some are compressed at 65% should give better idea about the skin texture)
Skin texture looks good. compression is hard to deal with but 65% seems to be acceptable. Nice retouch!

Michael
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Old 12-16-2009, 08:41 PM
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Michael, thanx for the critique.
I figured the color & nose would be the awful truth points.
You didn't disappoint me!

As for skin smoothing, not sure how that is done.
Oh well, I'll stick with restoration and leave retouching to others.

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Old 12-16-2009, 11:52 PM
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V. artifies, artified, artifying, artification.

To make art.
To apply artistic techniques.

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Yes, that is what I meant, that members of RetouchPRO were allowed to paint/filter my retouched version if they wanted.

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... I would of fixed the bags under her eyes as perfectly smooth skin and bags don't really go together.

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Thank you everything you said validated what I thought too. Except for what you're calling 'bags' that I missed entirely in my effort to go for a realistic look. I hate what I did with the catchlights and intend to study my stack of old Vogue magazines until I think I can retouch them convincingly.

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Old 12-17-2009, 04:17 AM
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My try
Ty '204studios'
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Old 12-18-2009, 10:56 AM
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Having a little fun.....thanks for the shot
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Old 12-18-2009, 11:55 AM
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Overall excellent job! I only noticed a few areas that stuck out when viewed full...

around the eyebrows you attempted to clean up the hair and shape the eyebrows. you didn't replace the natural texture of the skin around the areas that you patched. it really isn't obvious enough to fret over. Other then that you left the scar or what ever it is on the models lower right cheek. this is not a huge deal but i did notice it.

i like the color treatment. I kept going back between a warm and cold tone. warm won with me.

Thats about it.

Michael
Thank you for pointing out. I must admit I simply forgot to replace the texture under the brows. Have to watch out for this :-)
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Old 12-18-2009, 02:35 PM
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Thanks for the giant picture to play with. Seemed like a good dodge and burn practice. I'm still probably going to work on the skin color tomorrow - it's just not perfect yet. Also I'll fix the banding under the chin.

full size: http://a4.vox.com/6a0110184cd071860f01240b862c7c860e-pi

Critiques welcome!
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