Hey everyone... So I've been away for awhile and started back in recently.. here's some new work. Client asked me to do some avant garde makeup and pretty much let me run with it... Love to hear your thoughts. I know I'm still not entirely where I'd like to be, but I'm thinking my style is a little more... uh, animated looking than high end retouching (of course) I'm still a beginner and would like to know what you would have done instead, or if I'm headed in the right direction?
Jul 22 12 01:49 pm Link
You are doing everything wrong and going the opposite direction of where everybody else including the beginners are going.
If you are serious about learning photoshop you should first get a book and move on from there...and come back in about a year or so.
Jul 22 12 01:58 pm Link
well seeing as I don't know what I'm doing, what am I doing wrong so I can fix it? That would be better help I think, than just straight up criticism. I'm not trying to do high end retouching right now, because mainly I don't have the equipment for it. My computer can't even handle raw images, only large jpegs.
Jul 22 12 02:01 pm Link
Kopera Retouching wrote:
You are doing everything wrong and it has nothing to do with your computer or high end retouching. all your approaches, adjustments and techniques are wrong. your eye is apparently not trained which lets you post horrible images like above.
Jul 22 12 02:08 pm Link
I'm not upset per se, just trying to understand why they're horrible. I've seen much worse with not so harsh feedback but, eh... anyways, thanks for the link, I just subscribed and I'll check out the videos.
Jul 22 12 02:13 pm Link
dont be upset. its hard to bend a grown up tree but you are just starting and I've seen alot people here who were as bad and got better than me and became working full time pros. you just need to work hard thats all
and here is a website of a great retoucher with some rollover before and afters so you can train your eyes:
Jul 22 12 02:22 pm Link
Palatine, Illinois, US
The first issue is that you started with bad photos and didn't try to fix them: low res files, bad lighting, wrinkly background sheets with seams.
On the bottom it looks like you ran a posterizing filter which is rarely if ever a good look. On all of them you're losing details with too much contrast. The hair and eyes just fade into a black mess. The bright colors of the makeup you painted on don't match the values of the rest of the image.
Just take your time and study & practice.
Jul 24 12 11:53 am Link
NÄshik, Maharashtra, India
Brick Wilson wrote:
Jul 25 12 02:50 am Link
Boston, Massachusetts, US
Don't give up. Just practice practice practice!
This doesn't happen instantly for all people.
I like the makeup idea in the 1st image. Makes a significant POP. That was creative. You have darkened too many items in these pictures which has caused a loss of detail. For example the hair, eyebrows, shirt, leggings, lashes...Skin is way too smooth. Skin tone is not the same thru out the image. The makeup in general seemed a bit too much. Looks as if she had just gotten into a physical altercation. Not crisp images. You need to retain the details! Not into the posterization look. Theres also no shadows and highlights carving her body/face.
Sep 04 12 11:11 am Link
London, England, United Kingdom
What I suggest you do is to first start practising on good images - retouching, and I meant beauty and fashion which I assume you're aspiring to, is about enhancing what's already there not fixing. With images you've chosen there's just too many wrong things happening like bad lighting, background - you will never get great results if you use amateur images. You need to think ahead - the images you retouch say a lot about you and the kind of services you provide and if you touch up low res amateur images this is the sort of images you will only be asked to work on. Download files from:
Learn the dodging&burning techniques, frequency separation, inverted high pass, healing and cloning - there are loads of free tutorials on Youtube. Then practise, practise, practise.
Good luck and happy retouching!
Sep 09 12 04:19 am Link