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Old 02-09-2010, 02:02 AM
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Re: Would anyone like to practice...

Bigger size http://img193.imageshack.us/img193/8...graphymg12.jpg
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Old 02-09-2010, 05:30 AM
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Skin fix (d&b), some cloning (hair etc.), minimal liquify....
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:01 AM
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Guy's you are so excited by all these cool skin techniques that you are forgetting about the rest. This photo has a serious hair problem and a head position issue as well.


http://img403.imageshack.us/img403/6053/tonyball1.jpg
Besides that, the whole image looks a bit washed, without contrast. And, in my very personal opinion, the pores looks a bit flat. Probably adding more contrast will give some more deepness to the pores.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:32 AM
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Ok, this is the main problem here. People.

You got this image by Tony showing a beautyfully shot Kate with beautiful lighting. The image is in pristine 70-200 L sharpness. It doesn't get any better than that. Yet most of you are approaching the photo as if it was a 604px image downloaded from facebook.

With images like these you just cannot not sit with it and say, ok, this will be my project for the next 2 days. First of all you need to clean it. Yeah, plain old healing and cloning, and if you take less than 3 hours on that, then there is still some things that have to be cleaned. Start working from the RAW. What's the point in having a full original RAW otherwise? Then, with an image so rich in texture and, apart from the flaws, beautiful skin, you should all know that, no filter applied to the whole face at once will do any good. The skin on the forehead has different texture than the skin on the cheeks, which is different than the skin of her jaw.. no single thing will work on all those things at the same time. It just won't. And then, when you have cleaned the face, you should realize that, no matter how much you clean it, if you don't clean the hair, it was all a waste of time. And her position. And the tone.... If you take this image, work on it for 30 minutes and then upload it at the small sizes im seeing, you are wasting an opportunity to learn. Also, 100Kb allows for far bigger images.

The goal of these opportunities is not to upload something as soon as you can to mention the 2 or 3 things you did to the image. The goal for most here, is to learn. DWThomp is doing a great job. He's uploaded various WIPs. Now if you are interested in improving but don't really know how to, take this image and work on it, for days. There's just no other way.
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Old 02-09-2010, 06:48 AM
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Re: Would anyone like to practice...

Flexmanta, we all are learning, but at different levels. Don't expect newbies here doing the job of a pro because that's impossible at this time.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:00 AM
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I'm not expecting that. You didn't get the meaning of my post. New people are supposed to do a bad job, we all were. But they are also supposed to do an extensive bad job by approaching these images not like you would approach a tiny facebook photo.

Take time. The goal is not to upload like... throw some plastic wrap on it and say "here's what i did, p.p.p.pplastic warpppp "
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:11 AM
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Re: Would anyone like to practice...

.. and I for one am technically restricted in what i can post and where to because of workplace firewalls etc, perhaps others also work in similar environments.

I'd be interested to learn how to make better use of the 100k we are allowed on rtp however, I've tried a mixture of cropping and reducing jpeg quality, however my attachments are much smaller in dimension to others on here.
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:28 AM
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For web always use the "save for web" command in photoshop. It will compress your image and also convert it to sRGB. First, resize your your work to somewhere around 1000px (largest side), but do it with the image resize command under the image drop menu. For shrinking image, use bicubic. For some reason, the image resizer doesn't work well inside of the save for web command, so resize first, then save for web.

Steps:
-Resize to ~1000px using bicubic (image -> image resize).
-Then use save for web (file -> save for web and devices). Select JPEG, sRGB, type in a quality that gets just under 100Kb.
-The save for web command will not save your PSD file. But remember that you have resized the PSD, and it will stay so if you save accidentally save it. It's a good idea to duplicate your work (image -> duplicate), so that you don't loose all your work by accidentally saving a sized down PSD. So, duplicate, and if you want the save for web command to work quick, flatten all layers on this duplicate.

This is a 90Kb image hosted on this forum.
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/att...8&d=1265489440
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Old 02-09-2010, 07:52 AM
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Thanks for that flex, that's much better....
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Old 02-09-2010, 08:20 AM
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For web always use the "save for web" command in photoshop. It will compress your image and also convert it to sRGB. First, resize your your work to somewhere around 1000px (largest side), but do it with the image resize command under the image drop menu. For shrinking image, use bicubic. For some reason, the image resizer doesn't work well inside of the save for web command, so resize first, then save for web.

Steps:
-Resize to ~1000px using bicubic (image -> image resize).
-Then use save for web (file -> save for web and devices). Select JPEG, sRGB, type in a quality that gets just under 100Kb.
-The save for web command will not save your PSD file. But remember that you have resized the PSD, and it will stay so if you save accidentally save it. It's a good idea to duplicate your work (image -> duplicate), so that you don't loose all your work by accidentally saving a sized down PSD. So, duplicate, and if you want the save for web command to work quick, flatten all layers on this duplicate.

This is a 90Kb image hosted on this forum.
http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/att...8&d=1265489440
Wow... never saw a 92 KB image with this quality, thanks for the tip bro!
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