how did i do???

Discussion in 'Photography Beginners' Forum' started by Southerngal, Jun 28, 2007.

  1. Southerngal

    Southerngal TPF Noob!

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    followed some direction that I read yesterday on another post.....skin smoothing....


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    Too much and too obvious on the face. The arms look good, although a little less and they'd look great.
     
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    mmm she looks like her face is plastic
     
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    I agree...it's too much.

    The trick with skin smoothing is to keep it subtle...well that's usually what you want to see. Sometimes the 'plastic' look is what you are going for. Use a lower opacity brush and or lower the opacity of the blur layer.

    The very best retouchers will smooth out the skin but keep some of the natural texture...which is much more believable...but it's a more advanced technique.

    Also, when you are removing the blemishes and what not...it would have also been a good idea to remove the glare on her face. Of course, it would be better to start with a photo that was lit better...in this one the light (flash) is too direct and maybe too strong.

    You are off to a good start...practice is the key so keep it up.
     
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    Southerngal TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the comments.

    It wasn't really the job I did on it, but the fact that I did it. For me, that is a very new technique. I was proud to have done it. I definitely need much more practice ;)
     
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    When I do this I zoom in pretty far and then using a quick mask I try to avoid bluring any lines (smile lines for example). Then zoom out, flip back to Normal mode, add the blur and then adjust the layer opacity until it looks good.

    If I just confused the hell out of you PM me and I can write a quick tutorial. :blushing:
     
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    I saw that you had "My photos Are OK to Edit" so I gave it a shot.

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    I was wondering if you used the step-by-step that I linked in the graphics programs section? :wink:

    As far as yours I do think its a little overdone on the face but I'm not sure how much better I did. I applied a photo filter to add some sepia color and I think that threw it off.

    But in any case, rmh159 had a really good tip. I do that as part of my smoothing process. I do just about all my smoothing really zoomed in so that I don't screw up any lines and make it look funky.

    Keep up the good work! :thumbup:


    Edit: By the way the flash left a lot of bright spots on her face and arm. If you use an external I would try and bounce it off a ceiling (if there is one of course), diffuse it somehow, or just now use one at all. :)
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    It's much better to start with a high resolution file...but I thought I would give it a shot...

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    BMike...You did well removing the highlights in her face , but now it seem flat....OM'sO
     
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    Just a suggestion about another point, if I may...
    I think the picture is a bit too light...
    Maybe it would benefit from a little burning in around the edges too
    What do you think?...give it a go?
     
  11. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree, it does seem to be missing something now. I've never been one for painting in some contour...but it might help in this case.
     
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    Nice re-do Mike. Removing the highlights was great.
     

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