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Old 12-14-2010, 07:50 AM
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Hi,

I'm new on RetouchPro and I would like to improve myself as a retoucher.

The problem I have for a quite long time now, is that i have no more inspiration when i have to retouch a picture.

I have a picture here, and I would like to know, what i could change to make this picture more beautiful.

Thank you for your help!
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Old 12-14-2010, 07:58 AM
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Re: If you have any ideas

PinkArt, do you mind me messing around with it to see what I would do?
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:01 AM
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Re: If you have any ideas

No not at all! :-D
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:21 AM
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Re: If you have any ideas

I don't think it's a high enough resolution once I download it from here. I'm new here to. I'm sure that there is a way to fix that but I don't know how .

So, I'll make a couple of recommendations.. First, let me say that it's a beautiful picture and I think if you left it "as is", the person in the picture would be very happy with it. However, if you're looking for a little extra, this is what I would do:

With portraits, I usually focus on bringing out the eyes. You can get this free "eye bright" action http://www.thecoffeeshopblog.com/200...se-action.html and it's wonderful. There are also many more wonderful actions on that blog and they're all free!

The other thing that I do to portraits is run them through a portraiture plug in for photoshop. It isn't cheap but you can download a free two month trial here: http://www.imagenomic.com/pt.aspx. But beware, you're going to really LOVE it and you will find yourself in a dilemma two months down the road when you have to decide whether you should pay $200 when your trial runs out.

I also always want to see how my portraits look in black and white. But, once it's in BW, I add a sepia layer and then turn the opacity down to 15%. I think it makes the picture look more like a film black and white by giving it more depth.

I hope that helps a little. Can't wait to see what you end up doing with it!
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:37 AM
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Re: If you have any ideas

Hi Dana,

Thank you for your recommendations!
I dowloaded both applications and will try them and show you what i've done.
I thank that like you said, the picture in itself is already good..
So i can't find anything to add..

Thank you!
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Old 12-14-2010, 08:44 AM
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Re: If you have any ideas

I think that one should learn about the art of it before messing around with do-it-for-you plug-ins..

Just quick stuff

the background is already blurred but in a strange way, have you already done something to it? if no I think you might consider blur it a bit more (from no blur to fully blurred)

her face is stucked on her scarf, you might find a way to make her less "turtlely", for example remove this nearly-double chin. You can also soften her mouth wrinkles, fix her hair roots (colorising them) brighten up her eyes (not too much, unless it looks fake). she doesn't stand proud, that's what the image shows of her (the POW from below doesn't help) so you might want to consider make her more confident (I know it's hard to explain). There's one or two highlights on the nose, one spot on the forefront, she's got some "baby hair" on the right.
there's also her heel that seems broken or something as well as the jeans back pocket, remove the hand bag strap... and some pleats on the jeans (not all of them).

I don't see any huge colour correction, maybe just a lack of details on the coats highlights but no big deal.

The photo is quite nice to start from, her skin is already soft, but anyway just my 2 cents
Wanted some ideas?

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Old 12-14-2010, 09:46 AM
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Re: If you have any ideas

Hello PinArt. The image looks pretty good and the blurred foreground and background is exactly what I would expect as the depth of field from your lens aperature. I thing the photo was shot at an odd angle and that it would look better straightened although I realize that presents a problem for the background per the sample attached. Your attachemnt is too low a resolution for me to see any detail in the subjects face so I would only recommend you do the normal type skin touch ups.
Regards, Murray
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Old 12-14-2010, 03:06 PM
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Re: If you have any ideas

Here is another idea.
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Old 12-14-2010, 06:38 PM
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Re: If you have any ideas

Hi,
Made a quick path of the subject (lost it on her left knee and boot)
PWL darkened the background using the path as a mask.
Using the same mask - Hue/Saturation layer - dropped the saturation
Inverted the mask applied slight contrast in curves using Luminosity blend to the girl.
Using Quick Mask increased the contrast on her eyes only and that is it.

I like your shot. The angle works for me. My concern was that she did not snap out of the background but hey - it is only my opinion. Keep going, keep playing.
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Old 12-22-2010, 06:38 PM
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Re: If you have any ideas

Hi PinkArt,
Nice photo, nice model. I went for a certain overall feeling, see what you think. I have to run right now, but if you like this, I can explain what I did later. Thanks for sharing the photo.
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