Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

I just started retouching with photoshop, after watching a ton of tutorial videos, getting some advice from friends, and exploring the layout and tools this is what I've come up with. Just wanted some valid opinions and constructive tips on what not to do next time. Also I got quite frustrated while using to sharpen tool, it was really difficult for me to tell when to stop so this may have come out a bit too sharp.

http://sphotos-b.xx.fbcdn.net/hphotos-ash4/478176_462089387170491_542816354_o.jpg

Dec 05 12 09:30 pm Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

I like it. I think you are on the good track, especially for a beginner. One thing you may take into account is that you lost detail in her shirt. For an image like this I would leave some of the details but either way I think you are on the good track. Keep it up. smile

Dec 05 12 10:40 pm Link

Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Krunoslav-Stifter wrote:
I like it. I think you are on the good track, especially for a beginner. One thing you may take into account is that you lost detail in her shirt. For an image like this I would leave some of the details but either way I think you are on the good track. Keep it up. smile

thank you! I know I tried to bring some of it out but it just caused too much noise

Dec 05 12 10:52 pm Link

Retoucher

Krunoslav Stifter

Posts: 3883

Santa Cruz, California, US

Really? From the RAW file? I would expect that it should not be too much noise. What software do you use?

Dec 05 12 11:01 pm Link

Photographer

BrandonLundby

Posts: 117

Las Vegas, Nevada, US

Krunoslav-Stifter wrote:
Really? From the RAW file? I would expect that it should not be too much noise. What software do you use?

ahh my mistake I used the already processed jpeg image from RawTherapee. I'll be sure not to do that next time! thanks for pointing that out!

Dec 06 12 12:55 am Link

Retoucher

Ashish Arora

Posts: 2064

Bangalore, Karnataka, India

Hi there!

As Krunoslav points out, you have done an appreciable job for a beginner. :-)

But, I am not a big fan of the liquify action you applied on there.

And watch out the hand - the before looks better.

As for the jacket - why don't you raise the blacks to say by 3 stops and then mask it on the coat/dress part only?  It won't add noise that way. smile

Dec 06 12 10:02 am Link

Retoucher

pixel dimension ilusion

Posts: 1356

Brussels, Brussels, Belgium

not bad at all for beginer dont use sharpen tool for sharp try high pass methode is way better i like the tones corection but the liquify job not good but that happend n the in the begining to everyone be gentle when using liquify u can overdo it and the hair you can paint some hair to improve , but you did verry good im just giving an opinion ask pro retoucher but for 1st u did fabulous

Dec 06 12 11:58 am Link

Retoucher

ChelleyCredible Retouch

Posts: 461

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Highly impressive for a beginner. Keep at it, I think you are the type to catch on very quickly. Look forward to seeing more work from you.

Dec 07 12 05:52 pm Link