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Does this retouch look natural?

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Old 08-03-2011, 06:53 PM
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Does this retouch look natural?

I have photographed and retouched this image myself. I have learned most of my retouching techniques from here, so I would like to ask for your opinion please.
Does this retouch look natural? How would I be able to improve it.
I noticed another thread where the skin looked pretty good, but most reviewers of the image were mentioning that the image looked fake. Is this the case here please?

Before and After below:
http://www.pbase.com/image/136952444/original

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Old 08-03-2011, 07:03 PM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

And this one too please?

http://www.pbase.com/image/136952648/original
Anything I can do to improve it? Does the skin look natural?
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:53 PM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

I think they are very nice, you kept the skin texture in and the soft hair on the face... you might want to tone down the highlights but I personally like the glow it gives the face.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:10 PM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

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I think they are very nice, you kept the skin texture in and the soft hair on the face... you might want to tone down the highlights but I personally like the glow it gives the face.
Thank you very much. I do agree that the highlights are a bit too much.
Sometimes you need other professionals to assess your work. I have gotten very little response so far on this thread, not sure why.
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Old 08-03-2011, 10:30 PM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

I also like the fact of leaving the image looking as natural as possible, this is my goal on my retouches too, and as studiohq wrote above, the highlights are a tiny bit over... But overall I like the job...

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Old 08-04-2011, 01:50 AM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

I think they look nice! +1 on the highlights and on the first, I would lighten the teeth a tiny bit as they look rather dark compared to the surroundings....
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:26 AM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

I don't think you needed to lighten the eyes or t-zone, chin, forehead etc which you already know, sorry for repeating this. Face was almost blown out in the before shot. I also would have left the mole/freckle on the forehead and next to nose. The skin looks a little bit blurry/hazy maybe too much D&B/stamp? Maybe you could make the eyebrows more symmetrical but less stylized looking, more natural outline etc. I would say the same about the other photo, it's getting a really plasticky barbie look especially around the forehead which you obviously know already because you're asking if it is natural enough. Also in the original photo the face looks more symmetrical? A simple way to restore some of the l detail would be to overlay the photos. It doesn't look like you've altered them much with liquify/warp etc so it's not hard to paint in original details. Just looking at them both again, I would extend the eyebrows on both so she looks a bit more high fashion. Good luck!! xo
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Old 08-04-2011, 05:29 AM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

it's been lightened enough... dw bout teeth

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Old 08-05-2011, 01:12 AM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

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And this one too please?

http://www.pbase.com/image/136952648/original
Anything I can do to improve it? Does the skin look natural?
Low res can sometimes be tough to judge but did you notice the lines on the wrists? You brightened and saturated them but didn't actually tone them down.
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Old 08-05-2011, 09:16 AM
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Re: Does this retouch look natural?

The retouching on the first image is great wouldn't change a thing
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