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  • New to Retouching. Need some Critique

    Hey Everyone,

    So to start off I am new to retouching. I found these free RAW files online to practice on. I have used Photoshop recreationally on and off for the last several years. I know the basics however this is my first attempt at retouching a photo. I am not sure what is needed but I attached my photo below. Please let me know how I can improve. I really want to get good at this and I am looking for all the help I can get. Thanks in advance and I look forward to hearing from anyone who is willing to share.

    This is the Finished Product

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/sggqkwkz884ih6j/Final.jpg

    This is the original

    https://www.dropbox.com/s/qdqqleyvaazu9us/5G5A8344.jpg

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    Re: New to Retouching. Need some Critique

    Hi……It looks like all you did was blur the image heavily…..I would study and practice dodge & burn, color adjustment, tone adjustment to start. There are plenty of resources here and You Tube. Keep practicing and studying. Time & patience will make you an improving retoucher. Just blurring an image is a no, no in the higher levels of retouching.
    Learn how to smooth skin tones without losing texture……Good Luck

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    • #3
      Re: New to Retouching. Need some Critique

      Thanks Wolfman.

      I did try and do some dodge and burn. I did not use any blur however. I do very much appreciate the feedback. I for sure need to learn more specific tone correction and color adjustment. I appreciate your feedback. I will take what you said into action and apply some new skills hopefully.

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      • #4
        Re: New to Retouching. Need some Critique

        What did you do to get that soft focus look on the skin?

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