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  1. Stacey

    Stacey TPF Noob!

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    Hi all! I have been sitting in front of my computer for hours trying to learn Photoshop and I think I am doing okay. These are 2 photos I took..one is of my cousin and the other is of my mom. I think maybe the one of my cousin is a bit over processed but I really do like the one of my mom! Someone said that I should learn curves as a beginner so I've doing a bit of that...I hope I'm doing ok. Please C/C but remember to be kind! Thank you!

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    #1: skin is smoothed TOO much. you did a good job and it's nice and tight, but it has lost its pores! otherwise, it's an excellent picture and the lighting is great!

    #2 is really neat. i think the colors have little too magneta, but it's a nice sharp photo that isn't overprocessed. although, if i know anything about mom's, she'd probably like you to do a bit of skin smoothing! just a little bit though. nothing noticeable unless you compare the two. that's the trick with facial touch-ups...it shouldn't be noticeable unless you compare it with the original

    cheers and great job
     
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    Thanks so much for the kind words! I am confused as to something though. What is your technique for skin smoothing? All I do is create a duplicate layer, sharpen, apply a gaussian blur and then reduce the opacity...I actually did the exact same thing to both photos! What is another (easy) way to skin smoothen? I try looking up on the internet & I just get so confused! I am just now getting the manipulation of the eye color down & this whole photo shop thing is so much fun! ( I took a picture of myself and started to change my hair color...this is such a hoot! lol):lol: I'm having too much fun! Thanks for your help though! Much appreciated!
     
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    The best way to do it without looking over post processed is the old fashioned way. Get out that air/paintbrush/smear/blur tools with the magnifying glass and go at it! Doesn't hurt to even cut and paste like textures ;)
     
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    your method works fine, you just don't need to do quite so much blurring or adjust the opacity differently. it's all trial & error..that's how you learn.
     
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    I was doing a couple other portraits and I lowered the opacity by almost half and the photos look SO MUCH better!! It is definitely trial and error! But I'm definitely making improvement! Thanks for the tips!
     

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