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A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

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Old 02-21-2010, 08:54 PM
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A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

Ok, here is a nice picture.

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http://test.dizainer.net/makeover.jpg

The person on this portrait is a 45 years young woman. (I made this photo myself and the person on the photo, a friend of mine, gave permission to publish it.) The shot very good covers the personality of this person. This is why I picked it up for further editing.

So destination of the "makeover" should be realism and emphasis on the character this photograph expresses.

It definitely should not drive into an extreme "beauty", "fashion" or "art" style of photograph. Although a little bit of retouching makeup can be applied. It also won't be a good idea to try to shift the age of this person down to 25 or such...

But all kind of improvement including smoothing the signs of ageing is welcome.

There are some global corrections necessary too. The lighting is somewhat hard and the horizon got slightly out of angle. Some makeup was applied prior the shooting to equalize the skin and model some anatomic depth to certain parts of the face.

Emphasis of this work should be on the eyes and entire facial expression.
The person definitely has to be kept recognisable.

Able to master that?

(PS: This isn't a commercial project. For certain reasons, publishing the results of any recognisable modifications - except here - may need our explicit permission.)

Jason Webs, Germany
Makeup Artist and Photographer
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Old 02-22-2010, 04:20 AM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

What do you mean by this message? Are we supposed to work on this picture and send it to you once thw work is done? Or what?
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Old 02-22-2010, 05:38 AM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

You can use it for retouching work and we can discuss the results for learning from each other. It's just that simple.

I've done a retouching of that picture already.
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Old 02-22-2010, 11:24 AM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

Still, not getting it. What could I learn from you if you don't retouch?
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:10 PM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

I do retouch. And I am learning every day.

Dear The_Leena, if you do not want to participate on this thread, so please ignore it. It's just that simple.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:26 PM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

Man, something in the water this week I guess.
Anyway, Jason thank you for the image. Things seem kinda slow in the image help, restoration, and retouching forums right now so I appreciate the opportunity to play for a while. I'll work on it and post in a day or so.
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Old 02-22-2010, 06:41 PM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

Not for high-end fashion but good enough for home use I think...

Luminosity masks on curves layers with a bit of healing and patching

~~Original~~My Version~~
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:19 PM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

WOW! She got nice lashes, man!

I really like the hair now! It looks so glossy. Fantastic.
You did all that with luminosity masks?

Some little critics too: I think the skin looks slightly too artificial now. Maybe you could adjust the "healing and patching" layer somewhat with opacity to the original?

I often do that technique: I create a completely smoothed layer with healin and patchin and then I blend it into the original. This way it is possible to adjust the amount of "ageing" amd make the entire picture looking more natural and less artificial...
...and the model may select the amount of "Botox Injection Intensity" she wants. *smile*

I tried that blending with blurin (and masking that blur layer out) too, but the result mostly did not satisfy me...

Nice work! I like it. Some aspects that fascinate me. I definately want to learn how that hair glossing works!

Jason
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:52 PM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

Ok, here is a completely different approach to the source image.

I have to emphasize that there is NO RETOUCHING in the common sense applied yet. The source picture was not edited/corrected in any way yet - except it was rotated to correct the horizon. But nevertheless it has changed obviously drastically...

The only thing I did is, to apply a "makeup" as an overlay technique.
The makeup (I am certified makeup artist too) was supposed to do the following:

- Adding more depth to the scene (in the manner of sculpting anatomic as known as "lights and shadows".

- Intensifying the expression and correcting some certain things with only makeup overlays and blending modes

- eye catching to certain parts (the eyes in that case)

- all that without modifying the source image

The thing I wanted to prove with this work is: Can smart applying of makeup as a step of retouching improve the image? Can it hide some aspects of "beauty imperfection" of a source significantly? Is it even possible to drive the view away from some imperfections?

Well, What`s your opinion?
I know, that is more a evangelistic question anyhow... *smile*

To make it clear yet.
I want to edit the source image finally to really bring to top it's beauty. This means I will correct the source image with proved makeover techniques and finally combine this with my makeup overlays (which may vary then).

So the purpose here is to learn how to modify the picture in a most appealing way.
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Old 02-22-2010, 07:57 PM
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Re: A picture (realistic portrait) to work on.

PS: I still do not know, how to add two or more pictures for a comparsion as an attachment here ...
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