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Old 02-20-2010, 12:23 PM
kaba kaba is offline
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Re: Would anyone like to practice...

Thanks for that Flexmanta. Here goes again.
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Old 02-20-2010, 01:39 PM
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I'd like to thank Flexmanta for the pointers. I'd like to note that I do use d&b techniques - in fact most of my time is spent doing this. I admit, too, that I use the smudge tool to take care of splotchiness in skin tone, then use a highpass layer to bring back texture. Obviously I'm learning and honing techniques yet, and will be for quite some time. I sometimes really screw with the colors while other times I only focus on fixing blemishes. I admit I rush to finish something up, but generally end up going back to it to make it portfolio-ready. I realize my work isn't yet of a professional caliber, but I feel I have to have some work to show potential clients who want some basic work done.
Here I've re-worked the image a bit. I did fix some of the hair and shadow issues, but not to any great extent and admittedly with less care.


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Old 02-21-2010, 05:12 AM
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Re: Would anyone like to practice...

here is my try ... would love to hear what you think about it

http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2796/...8e8fd115_o.jpg

thanks, tony
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:17 AM
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You didn't notice she has a beard.
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:19 AM
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here is my try ... would love to hear what you think about it
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2796/...8e8fd115_o.jpg
Hi,
the skin itself looks quite good, but what is that overall soft glow thing you did on it? No need for that in my opinion. Maybe you could brighten the eyes a little more, they look kind of "dirty". But all together a nice result!
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Old 02-21-2010, 05:31 AM
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Re: Would anyone like to practice...

Oh, and plus - ALWAYS clean flyaways in the ears.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:52 PM
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Probably my last round of working on this one. I worked at almost-full resolution, and continued to experiment with things. The best thing I did was develop the RAW at two exposures: +0.5 ev and +2.0 ev. I used the +0.5 as the basic image and masked in the +2 to pull up some of the shadows around her left (viewer's right) eye.

I also followed goolug's advice about flyaways around the ear.

As before, overall images and details are attached. I recommend uploading before and after as separate images, because it's really helpful to the viewer to be able to flip back and forth between them. Plus, each one can be 100k, rather than having to get both before and after into 1 100k file.
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Old 02-22-2010, 02:56 PM
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Re: Would anyone like to practice...

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Probably my last round of working on this one. I worked at almost-full resolution, and continued to experiment with things. The best thing I did was develop the RAW at two exposures: +0.5 ev and +2.0 ev. I used the +0.5 as the basic image and masked in the +2 to pull up some of the shadows around her left (viewer's right) eye.

I also followed goolug's advice about flyaways around the ear.

As before, overall images and details are attached. I recommend uploading before and after as separate images, because it's really helpful to the viewer to be able to flip back and forth between them. Plus, each one can be 100k, rather than having to get both before and after into 1 100k file.

Cool. Great job! Now don't forget about her eyebrows. They're way not perfect.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:37 PM
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Cool. Great job! Now don't forget about her eyebrows. They're way not perfect.
I wasn't able to get a result with them that I was happy with, so, following the first rule of image doctoring, I tried to do no harm.
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Old 02-22-2010, 03:55 PM
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I wasn't able to get a result with them that I was happy with, so, following the first rule of image doctoring, I tried to do no harm.
I meant those tiny hair on edges of the eyebrow. Just clone and heal with accurate opacity and micro brushes. Noone will notice. Let it be our secret.

And give her eyes some natural brightness - gently whiten plus brighten up.
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