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Old 01-01-2011, 03:08 PM
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Here is my attempt at retouching a portrait I have taken. What would you do to further improve it? Thanks! - Ivan

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/20890638
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Old 01-01-2011, 04:26 PM
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Re: Retouching - Seeking Advice on How to Improve

The image is beautiful and you ruined with the retouch.
Either learn not to blur skin or get a testing retoucher to do it for you. It's a shame to lose the detail in that image.

Color wise you did good.

If you want to learn.

Healing, cloning, take your time
Look into frequency separation if your are up for a technical challenge
D&B is more straight forward but also time consuming

Everything has a learning curve, a few weeks you will suck, then you'll suck less
Stay at it and keep practicing

Good luck keep up the good photography

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Old 01-01-2011, 06:37 PM
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Re: Retouching - Seeking Advice on How to Improve

I'm not going to be as severe as Godmother, some clients would prefer that beyond perfect look, but I would agree that you overdid the smoothing. Perfecting skin texture doesn't mean removing it. To my eye, the biggest schism in doing that is there is such an obvious difference between the skin and everything else. The hair, eyes, clothing background have so much texture detail and then the skin has none. It becomes clear that something was done though a casual viewer may not know what.

I'm old school and stick to heal/clone/D&B with a tablet but investigate frequency layers as a quick but easier solution. Most of all though, break it down bit by bit and resist the temptation to retouch from a macro perspective. Clone a bit here, D&B a bit there. Only where necessary. Less is always more real.

As to the picture overall though, to finish it off try experimenting with color balance or an overall color tone. I always think it adds a finishing sense of artistry.
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Old 01-02-2011, 01:50 AM
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Re: Retouching - Seeking Advice on How to Improve

I know I should know, but what are frequency layers?
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Old 01-02-2011, 05:36 AM
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Re: Retouching - Seeking Advice on How to Improve

Frequency layers refers to simple layers that contain the different spatial frequencies of an image, which you can separate with the technique here: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?th...=1#post9585669

Now you've got two layers, a low frequency layer (alias low pass) which contains the shape and most of the color and a high frequency layer (alias high pass) which contains details.
This way you can get a lot of work done far more quickly if you really use this technique wisely :-).
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Old 01-02-2011, 09:17 AM
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Repairman: Take a look here and see how is done: http://hiendworkshops.com/2010/08/18...y-separation-2
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:13 PM
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Re: Retouching - Seeking Advice on How to Improve

Thanks for the links chaps - I'm going to try this out. So much to learn!
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