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Excellent job man.

Are you using the strip as key light?
 
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Excellent job man.

Are you using the strip as key light?

Thanks. Yes, the strip light in her glasses is lighting her. Also there is a gold reflector just out of view at her chest level. And the white background is a 3.5 foot octagon softbox that is firing.
 

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Excellent job man.

Are you using the strip as key light?

Thanks. Yes, the strip light in her glasses is lighting her. Also there is a gold reflector just out of view at her chest level. And the white background is a 3.5 foot octagon softbox that is firing.

Hmm, interesting set up. I like it. Some might argue that you should PS the grid out of her glasses, but a look at most fashion/glamour magazines...it's the thing to do know. Leave them in as is.

Good picture man, very smooth look to it all, def looks publishable.
 

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Very nice, like the final skin texture look
 

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Lovely model, lovely photo, really nice retouching.
a minor nit is I think that the original has a discernible tilt to her left

 

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Excellent job on the lips and skin. May I ask which blur you used to achieve skin texture? I am practicing different methods. Did you just do a hue/sat lip layer for the lips?
 

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You made her skin flawless, beautiful work.
 

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awesome work mate :) i really like what you've done to her skin :)
I myself like to retouch in photoshop, it's really funny!
 
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Excellent job on the lips and skin. May I ask which blur you used to achieve skin texture? I am practicing different methods. Did you just do a hue/sat lip layer for the lips?

thanks. for the skin I did it in stages and the blur was one piece:
-removed blemishes with healing tools
-applied subtle 'dust and scratches' filter to reduce small details
-used 'surface blur' at a strong strength. masked it in at various strengths to the skin
-brought texture back by applying a high pass filter to a layer copy of her before the blur was added. I completely destaurated the high pass filter. Then I added noise to the layer and put it in 'soft light' blending mode. I masked in this to the areas where I blurred.


for the lips I created a new layer in soft light blending mode and painted with black in areas where I wanted to darken and used white where I wanted to emphasize the highlight on the bottom lip. I applied a Gaussian blur, adjusted the opacity and used a mask to cleanup any spill that would go past the boundaries of the lip.
 
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Lovely model, lovely photo, really nice retouching.
a minor nit is I think that the original has a discernible tilt to her left


thanks, I didn't even see that. It looks a lot better straightened.

I don't think I can correct it though because the new crop will take off too much of her hand. : (
 

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As a small adjustment with an image like this I would be inclined to make the background perfectly white. At the moment it looks slightly grey and there is a subtle shift in tone from left to right. It would only take a few seconds to clean up.
 

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I agree with making the background pure white. You can make the picture straight if you have CS4 and use the content-aware-scaling feature. It will take some time to get right but it is possible. You will have to use a mask to protect parts of the image when you are scaling as well.
 

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Excellent job on the lips and skin. May I ask which blur you used to achieve skin texture? I am practicing different methods. Did you just do a hue/sat lip layer for the lips?

thanks. for the skin I did it in stages and the blur was one piece:
-removed blemishes with healing tools
-applied subtle 'dust and scratches' filter to reduce small details
-used 'surface blur' at a strong strength. masked it in at various strengths to the skin
-brought texture back by applying a high pass filter to a layer copy of her before the blur was added. I completely destaurated the high pass filter. Then I added noise to the layer and put it in 'soft light' blending mode. I masked in this to the areas where I blurred.


for the lips I created a new layer in soft light blending mode and painted with black in areas where I wanted to darken and used white where I wanted to emphasize the highlight on the bottom lip. I applied a Gaussian blur, adjusted the opacity and used a mask to cleanup any spill that would go past the boundaries of the lip.

Thank you for taking the time explaining that. I am familiar with most of your method... except desating the high pass layer, and your lip method. I will have to try that. Muchos gracias.
 

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