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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 2:56 am 


Please let me know how I can improve my portrait editing skills. The photo isn't fantastic and I understand the editing isn't perfect.

However, this photo is random and the editing was done in a way I would "typically" edit someones portrait on a regular basis. Nothing fancy so I wanted to see what you guys think of my technique and how I can improve

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 5:36 am 
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I think that is a great job. I can tell the changes you made but I'm just starting to learn photo post prod, so I don't know how you did what you did. I would be interested in knowing how you did the touch-up around her chin and mouth. Thanks for sharing

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PostPosted: Sat May 21, 2011 11:53 pm 
Hey @hikingmike good luck on learning the tricks of the trade and in order to do the chin and the cheeks

1: make them skinnier I used the liquify tool under filters to push it in

2: for the color I used the selective color layer option

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PostPosted: Mon May 23, 2011 10:08 am 
I see you added a nice vinegett which is good, but sometimes things can be too perfect if you know what I mean. I like to use a curves adjustment layer to darken the image, then with a mask make a totally unique vinegett.

The same applies to working with skin, you don't want it to be too perfect so you always leave a little of the original texture in the image.

Overall though I'd say you are very skilled, nothing looks like it was taken too far. You've done a great job paying attention to everything. Great job on the eyes and wrinkles/dimples on the face as well, huge improvement there.

Maybe you could drop the brightness of the greens so they don't compete with the model as much but that could also just be me.

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