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Who is the BEST retoucher here?

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Old 01-28-2011, 04:18 PM
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Re: Who is the BEST retoucher here?

If you can get http://www.retouchpro.com/forums/members/godmother.html your pretty much solid gold she rocks pure and simple and many many very talented retouch artist frequent http://www.modelmayhem.com/t.php?forum_id=18 by far some of the best i have seen that share information and methods:

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An awesome dodge and burn tutorial from Nienna here:

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http://nienna1990.deviantart.com/art...rt-1-101369803

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http://nienna1990.deviantart.com/art...40566962&qo=20



http://everythingsmagic.deviantart.c...rial-124450837 - another dodge and burn tutorial from everythingsmagic

http://nienna1990.deviantart.com/gal...60513#/d1r92cq - another one from nienna, this time it also comes with a layered psd file for your pleasure

http://hiendworkshops.com/2010/08/18...y-separation-2

Some come here from time to time but they hide out mostly on MM...
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:20 PM
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Re: Who is the BEST retoucher here?

Alrighty then. I understand your point a bit better now. I guess what makes me feel a little uncomfortable is the word "best", which I believe is unfair to use here, for the reasons written above. It is the same thing to ask; who's the best basketball player in the world? I mean there are a bunch of good ones, each one in his/her own style or ability. I prefer to use the term style, or unique style. (an imitation will never be as good as the original) but it can be also "good and different".

For instance; Give a copy of a portrait to 3 different good retouchers and give them a dead line to render, each result will be "good" but "different" from each other. Then you can choose which one is "the best" in your own opinion but not exactly to someone else opinion.

It is a matter of tastes.
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:35 PM
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Re: Who is the BEST retoucher here?

Julian, thanks for the links, but these people can step up for themselves if interested. Or if they're not active here on RP and don't ever read the thread, they're not part of my focused invitation anyway.

Charles, I understand your point, but what I hoped to see was a number of confident members stepping up and saying, "Here's my work; I think it ranks among the best out there". Then we would discuss the offerings amongst ourselves and take a little poll.

I'm not concerned whether the top retouching trainers and studios participate or not; my invite is for the regular RP members who came here and learned something that improved their work.

It's all in good fun, with a nice reward for that person or few persons whose work stands out the most.

Maybe our members are just modest and humble-? Hopefully they're confident too!
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Old 01-28-2011, 04:50 PM
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I believe it would be impossible to give an answer the way the question is stated. Say you could name the top ten for instance. Even within this group there will be styles that appeal to different people.

How many times have you been to an acclaimed artists exhibition only to think to yourself…how can anyone think this is good. Well the same thing will and does happen in retouching.

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Old 01-28-2011, 05:06 PM
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Re: Who is the BEST retoucher here?

Tastes and styles! Now what do we do?

Alright, maybe someone can suggest a particular style that is popular and we'll focus on that. Once we determine whether we're talking about people or products...
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:19 PM
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Cool, so let it be. I'm game ! Even when I didn't purposely submit and later on, you decide I'm the best you can add my gallery on your blog, ; ) Got nothing against that, could be a blessing in disguise...
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:24 PM
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Re: Who is the BEST retoucher here?

It's a little like asking who's the most arrogant and then asking them to have their work potentially judged by non peers or the clueless. Good luck on the uptake.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:27 PM
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Re: Who is the BEST retoucher here?

Charles, you've got a wide variety of work, everything from creative post-processing to before-and-after retouches to "out there" art!

My only concern would be whether it's cool for me to republish certain images (some seem to be celebrity stock, etc.). We can chat about that when the time comes.
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Old 01-28-2011, 05:29 PM
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Yeah Mike, it's getting ugly real fast! ;-) And you're smart to not have a sig and thus stay out of this, ha!
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Old 01-28-2011, 06:32 PM
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HA! indeed (I don't even know what all the symbols are at the bottom of each my posts! )
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