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STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Post what you consider your best and talk a little about it.

For those who don't know how to post an image in the forum just put the http link between [img]and [\img]

Here's mine -

http://fc01.deviantart.net/fs45/f/2009/151/c/e/ceffa9302747e8297a25ec69aee66af5.jpg

On this photo I retouched the model, edited out some ugly vegetation and added the flowers ... also, obviously manipulated the color of the whole photo i.e darker greens and lighter skin tones.
Feb 27 11 03:09 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Stephanie M Retoucher
Posts: 276
Portland, Maine, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110225/23/4d68a802c47a8.jpg

I'm at a point where every time I do a new retouch, I've learned something new and improved a bit - so this is my most recent and what I'd consider my best so far.

I did retouching on the skin and the big project was the hair; I had never really retouched hair before so this was my first time really tackling it and trying to get it under control. I think I did a good job for my first time! smile
Feb 27 11 03:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
btdsgn
Posts: 2,212
Wahiawa, Hawaii, US


I don't think this is my best retouch, but it is my favorite celebrity retouch. It's a composite made up of 5 or 6 images and some hand painting.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4887242753_305e0f9a75_b.jpg
Feb 27 11 03:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Stephanie Mac wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110225/23/4d68a802c47a8.jpg

I'm at a point where every time I do a new retouch, I've learned something new and improved a bit - so this is my most recent and what I'd consider my best so far.

I did retouching on the skin and the big project was the hair; I had never really retouched hair before so this was my first time really tackling it and trying to get it under control. I think I did a good job for my first time! smile

The hair looks awesome ... the whole photo is a noticeable improvement.

Feb 27 11 03:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


btdsgn wrote:
I don't think this is my best retouch, but it is my favorite celebrity retouch. It's a composite made up of 5 or 6 images and some hand painting.

http://farm5.static.flickr.com/4096/4887242753_305e0f9a75_b.jpg

Stunning image ... what were the 5 or 6 separate pieces?

Feb 27 11 03:50 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
btdsgn
Posts: 2,212
Wahiawa, Hawaii, US


STL-After-Dark wrote:

Stunning image ... what were the 5 or 6 separate pieces?

I'd have to pull the file out to know exactly what was changed. In the original image one arm was up near his chest and he was pouring chalk into his hand. I used an image of him standing with no chalk and his hands together then masked in and painted some exploding chalk. I also used a different head for the shape and another face as well.

Feb 27 11 04:41 pm  Link  Quote 
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Tytaniafairy
Posts: 3,855
Evansville, Indiana, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100930/16/4ca51845f10b7.jpg

Digitally painted from photo .
Feb 27 11 04:49 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
ZARIHS RETOUCHER
Posts: 3,022
Zurich, Zurich, Switzerland


Tytaniafairy wrote:
Digitally painted from photo .

wowwww

Feb 27 11 04:55 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Digiography
Posts: 3,347
Niagara Falls, Ontario, Canada


ZARIHS RETOUCHER wrote:

wowwww

double wow.

Feb 27 11 04:59 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Tytaniafairy wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100930/16/4ca51845f10b7.jpg

Digitally painted from photo .

Amazing to say the least ... any tricks or techniques that you would like to pass on. Looks like there was a lot of leg work on this one.

Feb 27 11 05:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Eye Designz
Posts: 159
Hamilton, Hamilton, Bermuda


I think this one for me right now. But I am working on two that are just as good.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5281/5224440987_3885ae0c61.jpg
Feb 27 11 05:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Tytaniafairy
Posts: 3,855
Evansville, Indiana, US


STL-After-Dark wrote:
Amazing to say the least ... any tricks or techniques that you would like to pass on. Looks like there was a lot of leg work on this one.

Thanks everyone .

The only tips I have is keeping shadows in all the right places and painting them in where needed .

As well people will tell you to stay away from high pass .
If used correctly it can be a very useful tool at lower percentages . I use this frequently on all my digital work to give it the more bang and also give the colors and sharpness a more painted feel .


Yes this was a 200 layer work .

All handpainted .

I also painted in the leaves for her dress .

I painted in grass , plants , and added extra trees and also I use a fractal program to create all the magical nebula like things in the air .

This required 5 layers alone .
My tips would be to stay to reality with shadows and natural light for these kind of pictures .

If you are using a subject and manipulating part of the picture make sure the photo is/was shot in natural light or by lighting equipment without on camera flashes or detachable flash as well .

It makes it easier to render a picture into a painting .

I follow the pre-raphaelites in most of my digital art .

Another good thing for me was to study painting with real paint .

Also use the dodge and burn with control over body and face , it can make the difference when going for a painterly like look .

Thanks everyone !

Feb 27 11 06:44 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,319
Orlando, Florida, US


http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/14193818 (18+)

This was one of the few images that didn't start as a real concept in my head.  Basically, it evolved after staring at the image for about 10 minutes and doing some very minor retouching. Then, once the idea settled in, i spent the next 6 hours making it as close to real as I could.

The model hated the finished result, but accepted the art of it. She would never use it, but gave her unconditional permission for my use.
Feb 27 11 06:51 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Tytaniafairy
Posts: 3,855
Evansville, Indiana, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/14193818 (18+)

This was one of the few images that didn't start as a real concept in my head.  Basically, it evolved after staring at the image for about 10 minutes and doing some very minor retouching. Then, once the idea settled in, i spent the next 6 hours making it as close to real as I could.

The model hated the finished result, but accepted the art of it. She would never use it, but gave her unconditional permission for my use.

Very realistically done , great job !

Feb 27 11 06:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Good Egg Productions wrote:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/14193818 (18+)

This was one of the few images that didn't start as a real concept in my head.  Basically, it evolved after staring at the image for about 10 minutes and doing some very minor retouching. Then, once the idea settled in, i spent the next 6 hours making it as close to real as I could.

The model hated the finished result, but accepted the art of it. She would never use it, but gave her unconditional permission for my use.

Man, that's beautiful work! I love how realistically you were able to recreate the lighting on all of the surfaces you must have hand painted ... amazing!

Oddly, models rarely like the art I create from the images either ... I don't understand why a model would like my work but not like the results of her photos done in exactly the same stile lol

Feb 27 11 07:02 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Eye Designz wrote:
I think this one for me right now. But I am working on two that are just as good.
http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5281/5224440987_3885ae0c61.jpg

Beautiful photo, tell us more about your technique on this one?

Feb 27 11 07:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Ruben Vasquez
Posts: 3,104
Puyallup, Washington, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100325/20/4bac23a332bb0.jpg

This is my favorite retouch so far. Though far from perfect, I'm pretty happy with the results. Besides the obvious, I lifted the back leg a little and composited the base of the stand.
Feb 27 11 07:29 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Ruben Vasquez wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100325/20/4bac23a332bb0.jpg

This is my favorite retouch so far. Though far from perfect, I'm pretty happy with the results. Besides the obvious, I lifted the back leg a little and composited the base of the stand.

Being good at B&W is an amazing skill of it's own ... beautiful image Ruben

Feb 27 11 07:37 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Koncek Retouching
Posts: 136
Monrovia, California, US


Hot damn everyone! I would just like to take a second and say WOW!! I love looking through all of your pictures, there are so many talented artists on this site, and you should all be very proud!
Feb 27 11 07:52 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
cinema photography
Posts: 4,384
Mission Viejo, California, US


I think this is my favorite, lots of little things went into this, but over all, i feel that its those things that can matter most..a little fix here and there

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/producedby/MoshHurrell1smaller-1.jpg
Feb 27 11 11:42 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
pellepiano
Posts: 2,268
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden


This is Anna, shot in my home "studio", placed on a 3d generated beam with some Fashion paint and champagne, placed on a sunset image over New York.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5219/5468893400_ef550e6d3c_b.jpg
Feb 28 11 01:35 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Pari Retouch
Posts: 693
Nāshik, Maharashtra, India


Feb 28 11 07:55 am  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Sergey Brezhnev
Posts: 89
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110211/15/4d55c7bda6617.jpg
i think these one of the best
Feb 28 11 08:01 am  Link  Quote 
Digital Artist
Marios Art
Posts: 115
Barranquilla, Atlántico, Colombia


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110218/16/4d5f0ae683df5.jpg

heres mine so far, i want give that bad'as look to the photo and thats the final result
Feb 28 11 10:51 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Corey Anna
Posts: 607
Huntsville, Alabama, US


My favorite technical edit. I think it came out very clean.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/earthymoon/DSC_0035ba-1.jpg

My favorite creative edit. I'm trying to work on a signature creative edit where the image has a painterly water color feel. This has come the closest so far.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/earthymoon/DSC_0988.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/earthymoon/wsky.jpg
Feb 28 11 12:16 pm  Link  Quote 
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Eastfist
Posts: 3,534
Green Bay, Wisconsin, US


Feb 28 11 12:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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FlirtynFun Photography
Posts: 12,923
Houston, Texas, US


pellepiano wrote:
This is Anna, shot in my home "studio", placed on a 3d generated beam with some Fashion paint and champagne, placed on a sunset image over New York.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5219/5468893400_ef550e6d3c_b.jpg

damn damn damn...if we could vote here...this would get a million votes! VERY realistic!

Feb 28 11 12:27 pm  Link  Quote 
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Corey Anna
Posts: 607
Huntsville, Alabama, US


FlirtynFun Photography wrote:
damn damn damn...if we could vote here...this would get a million votes! VERY realistic!

+1

Feb 28 11 01:07 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Koncek Retouching wrote:
Hot damn everyone! I would just like to take a second and say WOW!! I love looking through all of your pictures, there are so many talented artists on this site, and you should all be very proud!

WOW looking through your portfolio ... what, you didn't want add this?

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/100904/14/4c82bfa168d7d.jpg

Feb 28 11 02:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


cinema photography wrote:
I think this is my favorite, lots of little things went into this, but over all, i feel that its those things that can matter most..a little fix here and there

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v328/producedby/MoshHurrell1smaller-1.jpg

You have a lot of nice work, I love pin-ups!

Feb 28 11 02:10 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


pellepiano wrote:
This is Anna, shot in my home "studio", placed on a 3d generated beam with some Fashion paint and champagne, placed on a sunset image over New York.

http://farm6.static.flickr.com/5219/5468893400_ef550e6d3c_b.jpg

3d capability in CS is one of the best things that Adobe ever did in my opinion. What did you use to generate the 3d elements, StudioMax?

Feb 28 11 02:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TomSchopperPhotography
Posts: 644
Bloomingdale, New Jersey, US


An homage to Gil Elvgren's 1962 oil painting "Rare Edition":

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110214/22/4d5a23497be42.jpg
Feb 28 11 02:13 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Sergey_B wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110211/15/4d55c7bda6617.jpg
i think these one of the best

Ah beautiful edit, everything in your gallery is unique.

Feb 28 11 02:14 pm  Link  Quote 
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STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Marios Art wrote:
http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110218/16/4d5f0ae683df5.jpg

heres mine so far, i want give that bad'as look to the photo and thats the final result

I dont like the soft edges on the llama so much, but this is still one of the more impressive photos that I have seen in a long time. I love the color and feel that the background creates.

Feb 28 11 02:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Koriana wrote:
My favorite technical edit. I think it came out very clean.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/earthymoon/DSC_0035ba-1.jpg

My favorite creative edit. I'm trying to work on a signature creative edit where the image has a painterly water color feel. This has come the closest so far.
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/earthymoon/DSC_0988.jpg
http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v65/earthymoon/wsky.jpg

Beautiful, I like them both ... have you tried vector to get the watercolor look? Obviously a vector will have distinct lines separating the color, but if you then selectively blurred or smudged areas, that might look cool too?

Feb 28 11 02:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


Eastfist wrote:
To date, my best:

http://www.modelmayhem.com/portfolio/pic/19373766 18+

Awesome photo, what are some of the finer points of the edit?

Feb 28 11 02:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Sergey Brezhnev
Posts: 89
Saint Petersburg, Saint Petersburg, Russia


STL-After-Dark wrote:
Ah beautiful edit, everything in your gallery is unique.

Thank you very much! To me it is very pleasant smile

Feb 28 11 02:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
STL-After-Dark
Posts: 4,383
Saint Louis, Missouri, US


TomSchopperPhotography wrote:
An homage to Gil Elvgren's 1962 oil painting "Rare Edition":

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/110214/22/4d5a23497be42.jpg

I love that, very well done!

Feb 28 11 02:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
TomSchopperPhotography
Posts: 644
Bloomingdale, New Jersey, US


STL-After-Dark wrote:

I love that, very well done!

Thanks!  We shot this on a white seamless paper background -- so the edit work on the photo itself was one part; then I had to separate her, the stool and the books from the backround and place them on a stock photo of library shelves....  :}

Feb 28 11 02:43 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
pellepiano
Posts: 2,268
Stockholm, Stockholm, Sweden


STL-After-Dark wrote:
3d capability in CS is one of the best things that Adobe ever did in my opinion. What did you use to generate the 3d elements, StudioMax?

I used Cheetah 3d.

Mar 01 11 12:57 am  Link  Quote 
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