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Rephocus
Posts: 18
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom


Hi

Just started exploring portrait retouching, looking for some critical assessment of the results. I use Photoshop CS6 for the skin and detail retouching, and Portrait Professional for minimal face sculpting.

As I said, I've only recently started looking into portrait retouching - that's not an excuse, or a request to 'be gentle' with the comments. At the end of the day, I've joined this forum to learn, so happy for any constructive feedback no matter how blunt.

Also; I've just used a Datacolor Spyder to calibrate my monitor, so if the tones look weird, let me know. 

I sourced both of the before images from this forum post:
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=866985

1. http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130113/10/50f30384e07ca_m.jpg

2. http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130113/10/50f2fa479be04_m.jpg

3. image sourced from: http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=820021

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130113/10/50f2fb115eeb4_m.jpg
Jan 20 13 07:32 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Motordrive Photography
Posts: 2,736
Lodi, California, US


Each image seems to have different color issues going in them.
The first, for instance, is going a little yellow/green, it might
work as a theme in a series, but not on it's own.

The two shot has her overdone, and him seemingly not done at all. 

I think the last one is a little cold.

Just my worthless opinion, but I would work on basics before going
to plug-ins. They can be useful, from the convenience aspect, but
just know what you want them to do.
Jan 20 13 10:13 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
chasecaleb
Posts: 154
Kansas City, Missouri, US


Motordrive Photography wrote:
Each image seems to have different color issues going in them.
The first, for instance, is going a little yellow/green, it might
work as a theme in a series, but not on it's own.

The two shot has her overdone, and him seemingly not done at all. 

I think the last one is a little cold.

Just my worthless opinion, but I would work on basics before going
to plug-ins. They can be useful, from the convenience aspect, but
just know what you want them to do.

From the even more worthless perspective of my only-calibrated-by-software screen, I totally agree lol. To elaborate on what Motordrive said about #2, her skin looks off to me, but I'm not sure exactly how to describe it other than that her nose doesn't have enough texture. The guy's skin is lacking detail/sharpness that makes it hard to focus on, especially around the forehead.

Jan 21 13 12:53 pm  Link  Quote 
Retoucher
Rephocus
Posts: 18
Newcastle upon Tyne, England, United Kingdom


Absolutely, I agree with your comments on the female's nose in number 2 - thanks for pointing this out, always good to have a fresh pair of eyes to spot something you missed.

I had retouched the guy in #2 in the same sort of style as the female, but I thought it made him look extremely effeminate so I re-did him far more subtly - evidently I should also redo the girl.

Wasn't expecting there to be so many issues with the colours though; I did 1 and 2 after calibration and 3 before, so was expecting there to be an issue with #3, but not all 3! Not sure how to rectify that to be honest.

Thanks for the feedback, appreciate your time and comments.
Jan 24 13 11:23 am  Link  Quote 
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