Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > DAR Critiques > sbourson photo/"high-end" retouch

Photographer

Graphirus

Posts: 260

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Hello, I just finished retouching one of sbourson's photos and I'd like feedback from the pro retouchers in here. I'm still learning "high-end" retouch, but I tried my best in editing this photo and I like the result overall. Please destroy me, be harsh.

http://i1264.photobucket.com/albums/jj498/Graphirus/melifera_beauty__MG_6439_L.jpg

May 29 12 09:20 am Link

Photographer

Graphirus

Posts: 260

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Nobody??

May 30 12 02:05 am Link

Retoucher

Teodor Sirbu

Posts: 197

Iaşi, Iaşi, Romania

too much ...His skin looks better than a 15 years old female. This is just wrong.

May 30 12 03:43 pm Link

Photographer

LewisWinter

Posts: 10

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Yeah, his forhead, nose and under eye is fine, but the lower cheeks look too perfect.. But its a great retouch.

May 31 12 06:23 am Link

Photographer

Graphirus

Posts: 260

Moscow, Moscow, Russia

Thanks guys for your insight!

The truth is that I have remotely no clue of what a "standard" or desirable retouch is... sometimes I see wax/plastic skin being regarded as EXCELLENT, sometimes I see works from good retouchers that are not that different from this image and again, everything is great, perfect...

So, where do we draw the line? I guess just like everything, it's a matter of taste (

May 31 12 06:29 am Link

Retoucher

MarkusKister Retouching

Posts: 198

Ratingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Skinwork is good but the color is really bad - that's not natural.

Jun 01 12 05:24 am Link

Retoucher

MarkusKister Retouching

Posts: 198

Ratingen, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany

Graphirus wrote:
Thanks guys for your insight!

The truth is that I have remotely no clue of what a "standard" or desirable retouch is... sometimes I see wax/plastic skin being regarded as EXCELLENT, sometimes I see works from good retouchers that are not that different from this image and again, everything is great, perfect...

So, where do we draw the line? I guess just like everything, it's a matter of taste (

Yeah you're right, i saw some horrible wax and plastic work here in the forums and the comments where like "great - fantastic". Keep it natural, perfect skin is important, but don't use too much blur. Keep it simple, don't change the image too much. Your image is too dark in the lower area, color is wrong - no natural skin color.

Jun 01 12 05:29 am Link

Retoucher

PhotoVision

Posts: 100

New York, New York, US

His ear can use some color correcting, and his eyes need to pop more!
Looks pretty good to me! Obviously is skin is really nice, but, i think he just had nice skin, I dunno what the original looks like, and you can clearly see lots and lots of texture there so, I think you did a great job with the skin. Maybe desaturate the image on a luminosity layer a little. Perhaps -20 or so?

Jul 25 12 01:30 pm Link

Retoucher

Mistletoe

Posts: 410

London, England, United Kingdom

To me the main problem is that the molding of the cheek area (under the cheekbone) probably needs to be altered. It's too smooth and needs to be deepened with an idea for what the anatomy of a male face is. Also no man of that age has a forehead without creases or wrinkles.

You have a good eye for detail, and the texture is preserved. But one or two selective flaws left here and there might add to the  realism. The overall color is also too red slightly. -M and +C.

Jul 27 12 09:54 am Link

Retoucher

ChelleyCredible Retouch

Posts: 462

Boston, Massachusetts, US

I would of edited the small piece of hand out. It's not that significant to the image anyways. Should focus on the ear as well so it can match up with the skin on the face. The highlight on the nose, towards the top seems a bit too sharp. I really like the retouch though. Not much work has to be done in my opinion to fix it up.

Sep 04 12 10:54 am Link