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Old 04-05-2010, 09:05 PM
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Hi, I am a newbie on this forum and already learned a ton from the wealth of info and talented members available here. Anyhow, I used to do the gausian blur, mask for skin retouching, then went to the cloning/healing technique, and now finally started doing the painting on a gray fill layer every single pore and hair. I have to say, this painting method takes FOREVER but well worth the final result compared to the other 2 older ways. This is my first attempt on and image i took yesterday. The whole edit took about 6 hours... not counting procrasination time. What do you guys think? for this one I painted EVERY pore, is this necessary or can i take shortcuts with close stamp in certain areas without loosing this quality. How are you guys' workflow like for those that do this for skin retouching? thnx!!

http://www.jacksonzhao.com/images/Other/IMG_9323.jpg

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Old 04-06-2010, 08:35 PM
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Hey J, very nice, I'm no pro, but at first glance it looks good, the only thing that kind of jumped out at me, that I would do if I was working on this pic, is clean up the hairs from the back of her neck that run down onto her back.
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Old 04-07-2010, 02:50 AM
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good point haha. i got tired after a while and ignored it.
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:44 AM
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very well done!
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Old 04-14-2010, 01:53 AM
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nicely done if ur going for ideal skin & beauty...I guess it's worth the time u spent since it gave u a good result. for regular headshot/portrait, I think u really don't have to go that far (every pore). great portfolio!
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Old 04-14-2010, 12:36 PM
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The time and effort you put on this one worked, its really a good result!
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Old 04-14-2010, 02:51 PM
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Re: Critique

I like this one :-)
But you should work some more on her hair (perfect skin and stray hair don't seem to go well hand in hand ;-)).
I'd also bring down her hairline a bit, because she seems to have a very high forehead this way (and I guess normally there'd be some hairs in front of that).

Maybe I'm seeing ghosts right now but there's some yellow discoloration next to her nose (I really have to buy a new monitor... maybe it's false alert).
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:29 AM
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thnx for the comments. I'm still not that great with fixing up hair. Im not sure if im having issues with my spyder3 or not. I've calibrated my home monitor with it and this final image has no blue whatsoever in it, but looking at the picture from all other computers/laptops, the final picture has lots of blue/magenta in the shadows/midtones and the untouched image seem to be perfectly color balanced. What are you guys seeing?
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:51 AM
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On my crappy (but at least calibrated) monitor the shadows look pretty blue/magenta.
But overall on her face seems to be too much magenta, the back is better (I also double checked it with the info-palette and it tells me that a>b (more magenta than yellow), although it should be a<b (more yellow than magenta), that's why it looks a little off maybe.
Although I have to admit that I thought that was a creative color decision of yours ;-)
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Old 04-19-2010, 10:53 AM
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haha no, it's my spyde3 not working properly. that thing sucks =(
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