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Old 04-13-2014, 11:17 AM
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Some advice please

Hello to any who remember me,

It's been a while for sure. I'm able to spend more time here and with photos now, so I hope to become more active.

I am working on this photo, and could use some advice, as I am quite rusty. I'd like to brighten, make more natural, remove some of the puffiness. The nose is NOT that wide normally and the eyes could use some touch up on upper lids.

I welcome any advice and look forward to being back.

Deb
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Old 04-15-2014, 04:40 PM
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Re: Some advice please

I used the Liquefy tool in CS6.
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Old 04-15-2014, 09:47 PM
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Re: Some advice please

thanks cupcake. that's one tool I never really think about, but you've shown me the error of my ways.

If anyone else can help this brain of mine, I appreciate any and all ideas and suggestions.

Deb

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Old 04-16-2014, 01:03 PM
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Re: Some advice please

looked like lens distortion to me.. so, i used the lens correction filter
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Old 04-21-2014, 10:23 PM
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Re: Some advice please

Hi All, this is my first post to this forum. Thanks for the chance to assist. I use Perfect Photo Suite 8 and used perfect portrait to lighten some the areas, smooth out others.
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Old 04-22-2014, 01:47 AM
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Re: Some advice please

Post processing will only make a good photo better, a bad image will still be a bad image. The problem here appears to be that you have used to short a focal length, If you shoot portraiture with anything less than a 50 mm focal length yo are going to get distorion, especially of the nose. The best is between 55 and 85. This is much more flatering than the shorter focal lenghts. Also you have a light issue, if you had got the lady to turn 45 degrees, the lighting would have been nice side lighting and if you moved her further away from the light source you would have lessened the intensity of the light. Once these issues were adressed you could then touch up the imagein post processing. My advice would be to reshoot the portrait, you will learn far more than just trying to fix this one.
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:01 AM
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Nice Suggestion Julia
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Old 04-22-2014, 02:05 PM
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Re: Some advice please

Thank you both, however, I did not take the photo and have no way to have it retaken. I know it's very blown out on the right, but that is not a deal breaker, as it's quite a small area. I've been away from retouching and restoring for quite a long time. I've been reviewing the site here, for my old tricks and more LOL. Back then, there were many wizards here who gave insight and tips. LOL I'm slowly remembering some, and maybe they will see this and poke at it.

Thanks again
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:32 AM
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Re: Some advice please

Hi, I have done the best I can with such a small image, using the liquify and dodge and burn. I then evened up the skin tones in Topax Labs, Clean plug in.
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Old 04-23-2014, 09:53 AM
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I do apologize, as I thought I had uploaded the larger sample. Thank you for your attempt. I have actually begun to find many of my old posts and tips, so I will submit my attempt as well. I appreciate your time.

Deb
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