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Old 09-07-2004, 08:54 PM   #1 (permalink)
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do to make this image much more "pretty" instead of just a "regular" looking as I probably will end up. I feel like I'm getting better when taking picture but become so frustrated to see the end result after I did editing on PS. I work with PS-7.

So please show me your version of this image and if you don't mind to share the workflow being used (in plain English, he..he..) to me. Feel free to using PM if you rather go with that option.

Copyright: © 2004 Simply Photography (in Century Gothic) on the bottom of the picture.

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Pixel Dimension: 532 x 800
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OK.. I came up..
Old 09-07-2004, 09:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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with this:
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Re: What would you..
Old 09-07-2004, 10:16 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Ok...here you go...to start with make a blank layer...name it strategy and select pencil and go thru the image and circle everything that needs to be fixed as seen below....then comes the hard part.... you can download the tiff file Here and actually click thru the layers and see what was done on each step...notice that you can click back to the original and its still all there...this is called Non Destructive Photoshop or NDP for short....it allows you to at any time go back and make adjustments and tweak the image at any step... If I had the raw image I could show you in much more detail but hard to work with such a small image and gets top caliber results...

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you should be able especially in the tiff file to see each step....if you want to send me the raw I will go thru it and write each step down for you...

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Pretend you\'re an editor that knows photoshop...
Old 09-08-2004, 12:57 AM   #4 (permalink)
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[img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

Basically, the first problem is the hand, it's out of place. You should always subdue the hand, either by having a "karate chop" angle or using shadows, it's very distracting--as an editor I'll break out the grease pencil and crop, crop, crop. No matter what you do to the hand to minimize the veins, it's a bad element in the image, get rid of it.

Second, the hot light in the background bothers me, so you take adavtage of the crop to get rid of it, but first a little red gradient and cloning to clean up the back ground. (Honestly, I probably should have desaturated the entire background.) Then you use the "snapshots" technique or layers to do a little more cleaning, of the face, with a soft gaussian blur, then a soft sharpen set of layers.

Finally, if you have the original and you have no other image, and you have the time, change the bikini color. The problem here is you have a warm red background and warm colored bikini, make a contrast change with a "cool" colored bikini, like a light cyan.

Finally, critiquing a bit here, take your time, focus on the eyes, not the chest, the chest appears sharper than the eyes in the original image. I'm not saying you were focusing on the chest, but many photogs make the mistake to shoot with the focus point still in the center (the chest or neck) when you should focus on the eyes, hold the focus, compose the image, then expose the image. Here's a good article on it, "Autofocus or Out of Focus?"

Obviously, working with a low-res here to start with doesn't help, but it wasn't too bad. Thanks for sharing, rg sends!
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Wow...
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That's totally different look. I like it a lot. Hey Rick, you want me to e-mail you the original file so you can work on it? Let me know your e-mail.
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Thanks RG..
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for your insight. Pretty much the reason why post the image as people tend to more generous giving out opinion, idea, input, suggestion or good critiques if they can see "something". [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

As far as image size, if I wanna post another image on Post Production forum, what will be the appropiate size?
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here\'s my take....
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I agree with RG that the hand is distracting as well as the hotspot. But, without cropping the image, this is what I did:

Auto contrast: [censored]-Ctrl-Alt-L
Duplicate Layer
Image>Adjust>Shaow/Highlight (Not in PS7, I’m using PS CS)
Erase background
Image>Adjust>curves black to 63/58 white to 193/202
Lasso around face
Filter>noise>despeckle
Erase around eyes, lips, brows to sharpen
Healing brush to face to remove lines
Sponge> saturate 7 percent to lips
Color replacement tool to bikini to a cool blue to contrast with warm background (tolerance ~10-20 percent)
Remove veins/tendons from back of hand
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My stab at it
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Here is a slightly smaller version of it. I do however have the larger image fixed, if you want it. Just send me an email and I will send it to you.

All I did was basic color correction (how I would like the color, of course), and basic touch ups on the face and hands.



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Re: Wow...
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No problem...

email is rick@rickshellhouse.com

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I guess that was supposed to be the word SHIFT where it was censored in the last post. Freudian slip.
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