Originally Posted by Lidkin
Hello Kav and thanks for reply:-) Of course I have an idea and give for that enough time too. So I realize that my every step will influence on a photograph and think it over before to start.
I wanted to correct color balance and smooth the skin in this image, to make it more vivid. (BTW, I have changed lips color because colors of the skin and the lips was almost the same).
But i can't understand why you have thought that I didn't know what I want to do... So I can't get correctly what's wrong with this image. I will be happy if you explain it;-)
Actually my question was this retouching took a lot of time (cause I was retouching skin with D&B method), so I would like to know it is too long or not.
I actually like the color palette you gave it overall. I've done this stuff for a bit, but I get off track easily myself, so I look at a lot of reference. I look at real makeup color and things. Don't worry about my opinion on the lips. It was just an opinion.
You said you spent 8 hours here. When I keep that in mind and look at the work, I think of someone just zoomed in to 400% doing what I've previously referred to as smoothing anything that's more than two tones apart. It does start to kill some of the depth in certain areas, and it tends to give kind of an overdone look. Beyond that, let's say this was for an editorial job of some sort. This would put you at the first pass for one image in a whole day of work assuming you don't hit overtime. I wouldn't call that a sustainable pace.