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Old 06-21-2013, 09:05 PM
Ancientmovement Ancientmovement is offline
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Need help and critique

Hey guys, this was my first time taking time to retouch a photo.

could somebody give me some critique, and some useful tips to fix those things.

Also I really have no clue how to edit eyes/lips at all, so every kind of advice is welcome.

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Old 06-22-2013, 03:27 PM
emilmedia emilmedia is offline
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Re: Need help and critique

Hi man, i think you you did a good job with grading and d&b. But why did you kill the textures in the lips?
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Old 06-22-2013, 05:56 PM
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irshgrlkc irshgrlkc is offline
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Re: Need help and critique

First off - lovely photo. Nice effect with your retouching.

I do agree with Ancientmovement, the lack of texture in the lips draws the eyes. I understand from the before you were trying to get rid of the chapped look.

In the attached, I added a layer and healed the lips (with the healing brush), then reduced the opacity of that layer. To correct the color, I sampled a good lip color and painted over the bottom lip with a soft opacity brush on another layer. I then added a dodge & burn layer to bring back some highlights. Just a quick couple of minutes, I'm sure a much better job can be done, but just one way.

I think the only other thing I would do is clean up the fine baby hairs.
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