Photographer

RedRoom Photography

Posts: 14

Jacksonville, Florida, US

This is my first crack at retouching an image. What can I do better? What did I do wrong?

Before:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetruthcs07/7389966732/

After:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetruthcs … otostream/

Jun 17 12 04:08 pm Link

Retoucher

Stephanie M Retoucher

Posts: 276

Portland, Maine, US

Anthony Truth Clark wrote:
This is my first crack at retouching an image. What can I do better? What did I do wrong?

Before:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetruthcs07/7389966732/

After:
http://www.flickr.com/photos/thetruthcs … otostream/

Don't use blur - at least not like that and in that amount. It no longer looks like a photograph, just a blobby mess.

Read up in these forums about skin retouching and how to keep realistic texture while cleaning skin. I am a huge fan of the frequency separation technique. Natalia Taffarel has written some really helpful stuff about it -

http://nataliataffarel.tumblr.com/post/ … nd-cloning

And there are a lot of good threads here about retouching techniques.

Jun 17 12 07:42 pm Link

Photographer

RedRoom Photography

Posts: 14

Jacksonville, Florida, US

Thank you I'm so new to this and I knew it kinda looked weird but just couldn't put a finger on what it was. Thanks for the link also I will defiantly check it out.

Jun 17 12 08:19 pm Link

Photographer

DavidCoward Photography

Posts: 629

Sandy Springs, Georgia, US

Stephanie Mac wrote:
Don't use blur - at least not like that and in that amount. It no longer looks like a photograph, just a blobby mess.

Agreed. You made her look like a mannequin. You blurred it so much, you took all the personality out of her.

Natalia Taffarel is a great resource. And the internet is your friend.

One quick tip: Using surface blur is fine if you don't overdo it. The idea is to smooth the skin, not hide all the details. And when you use it, make sure you use masking on hair, eyes, eyebrows, clothes, lips, and anything else where you want to keep the details.

Don't give up! My first efforts with photoshopping were disastrous. But I keep practicing and I learn something new each time I use it. I'm not an expert retoucher, but I'm better than average now.

Jun 17 12 08:38 pm Link

Retoucher

bobbydolan

Posts: 168

Boston, Massachusetts, US

yikes...

i'd say start going through some tutorials, basically one's which don't you any blur

Jun 20 12 11:19 am Link

Retoucher

Angels Deadly Syn 2

Posts: 82

Irvington, New Jersey, US

I agree with everyone else you can search forums here or google step by step tutorials that will help you smile

Jun 20 12 11:46 am Link

Retoucher

Retouch007

Posts: 403

East Newark, New Jersey, US

Learn to dodge and burn once you get that you will be set. : )

Jun 21 12 07:17 pm Link