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IMPhoto
Posts: 38
Houston, Texas, US


I'm very new to retouching. This is probably the 5th or 6th image I have worked with. I am mainly concerned on whether I have over processed this?

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/120321/21/4f6aa54253293.jpg
Mar 21 12 09:10 pm  Link  Quote 
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Bradford Retouching
Posts: 98
West Hollywood, California, US


It is a bit over-retouched and the masking/composting could be cleaner. Keep up at it though.
Mar 21 12 10:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Digital Artist
Koray
Posts: 6,686
Ankara, Ankara, Turkey


yes you did over process it...and what you did to her skin is not acceptable anymore.
here is a good channel for you to start learning...just watch the English ones big_smile :
http://www.youtube.com/user/jonaswtuts/videos
Mar 21 12 11:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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BorderlineBunny
Posts: 2,201
Tulsa, Oklahoma, US


Too contrasty...
Mar 22 12 01:25 pm  Link  Quote 
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Retouch007
Posts: 403
East Newark, New Jersey, US


Just keep in mind that the more you take out the more fake it looks. I like the idea but for me she doesn't look human. I think this would work for Glamour retouching and they are lots of retouchers on MM that do this look (in minutes I have seen the comments "Here my quick attempt in 25mins"). If that is what you were trying to do please disregard what I said because I know close to nothing when it comes to Glamour retouching.
Mar 24 12 10:23 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
HJPhoto
Posts: 13
Cardiff, Wales, United Kingdom


The first image is much nicer! Why does it even need retouching? Her face is perfect! Just deblob the background and you're done!
Mar 24 12 10:37 am  Link  Quote 
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pxspace
Posts: 1,046
Braşov, Braşov, Romania


Yes, it looks over-done. I would suggest you look up dodging and burning as opposed to blurring for skin smoothing.
Mar 24 12 12:24 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Black Stallion Photos
Posts: 423
Amsterdam, New York, US


HJPhoto wrote:
The first image is much nicer! Why does it even need retouching? Her face is perfect! Just deblob the background and you're done!

+1

Mar 24 12 02:14 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
IMPhoto
Posts: 38
Houston, Texas, US


Thank you all for your honesty. It really is appreciated. I will come back and redo this image in a couple of months and see where I am.

As far as the photo needing retouching, I'm sure you are right and that it does not need it. I only used this image for practice. And it was put up on this forum for that very reason.

Thanks guys.
Mar 28 12 06:38 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Robert LC
Posts: 944
Amsterdam, Noord-Holland, Netherlands


IAM Photo Retouch wrote:
As far as the photo needing retouching, I'm sure you are right and that it does not need it. I only used this image for practice. And it was put up on this forum for that very reason.

Thanks guys.

In the end, that can never be an excuse. If you really think an image does not need any retouching, then dont retouch it wink

Really, if you watch a gazillion high end retouching portfolio's (also from photographers who offer retouching) you'll see that some have very minor changes while others are more drastic..even with very similar images. The endresult may look similar but nothing too much has been done, only what was necessary.

Try to look at it in this way, ask yourself these questions:
What's the focus of the image?
What's distracting from this focus?
How can I remove/reduce the distraction while keeping the integrity
of the image?
Then learn the techniques that fit best with the particular 'problems'.
The 'best' technique is often a mix of quality, control and speed. Many good posts
here on mm, blogs and youtube channels (like natalia's or earlier mentioned Johannes) and retouchpro.com

^^^
All reasoned from a 'basic' retouching perspective. Fashion, beauty, not really composites, manipulations etc.

In this image you could start with make-up, background and 'shaping' (contouring/carving) her neck and face for some depth.
Look at your before/after once in a while, during retouching. You're more likely to catch things you missed or overdid.

Mar 28 12 07:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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