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06/01/2010 05:54:14 AM · #1

I had taken photo of my sister and have already spend 5-6 hours editing it in different manner.

this is the final version that I have Copyrighted_Image_Reuse_Prohibited_887430.jpg

(plz ignore the red border, that only there to regulate the print size )

I followed few tutorials on DPC and few other which I got from elsewhere.

I see the following things still missing.
1) Sharpness ( due to skin toning I lost some of it which I am not able to regain. I tried to add layer with "high pass + gaussian blur" in overlay mode to get some of it back ).

2) the face does not has uniform brightness. I tried using curves but not able to control with that precision.

Other than that also if something can be improved, do let me know.

Any tip, trick advice, tutorials ???

This does not have a high range of shades so b/w conversion does not look that good.

06/01/2010 08:12:33 AM · #2
I'm about to go to bed, but you need to post the original, too, so that people can help you.
06/01/2010 07:07:12 PM · #3
if you post an unedited original to your workshop and link it here i will give it a go.

06/02/2010 01:12:41 AM · #4
I will do it by evening today
06/02/2010 12:57:34 PM · #5
original

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06/02/2010 01:35:59 PM · #6
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06/02/2010 02:00:02 PM · #7
OK this wasn't done on my calibrated monitor but it should be ok,

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I think B&W might work best for this image?

My quick edit: Made the image B%W, I used curves as well as dodging and burning to bring more attention to her eyes and face, and finally, I added a vignette around the image (not as strong as yours) and a slight yellowy tone to the entire image . Since the file was a bit small the edit looks a little pixelated but that shouldn't happen if you edit from the larger file. It's a pretty rough edit but it should give you an idea of how it would look in B&W.
06/02/2010 02:41:50 PM · #8
A little bit of 'High Pass' filter gets the sharpness back nicely.
06/02/2010 02:55:13 PM · #9
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06/02/2010 03:07:39 PM · #10
Originally posted by Jedusi:

A little bit of 'High Pass' filter gets the sharpness back nicely.


ya know...I wouldn't worry about sharpness. it's overrated and not a big factor here. as a thought, I would go in the opposite direction and make a softer image with whatever floats your boat...perhaps, an overlay, delicate grain, very light filtered warming tones, additional blurring around the hair. since the sharpness isn't there, why bother to recover a thing that you don't have. think in the other direction. just a thought...

Message edited by author 2010-06-02 15:10:18.
06/02/2010 03:46:09 PM · #11
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Added some 'glow' on her face and some soft blur on hair and background. Pushed up the contrast and brought out the golden skin tone. Also brought out the blue of her shoulder and the background as it compliments her skin tone i feel.
06/02/2010 03:47:54 PM · #12
Haven't done one of these in a while, that was fun :)

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06/02/2010 04:15:35 PM · #13
Try something like this, where the warmer and blurred elements bring the rest of the shot to life.

Also, look at that photographers portrait work (Raphael Guarino) . Really stunning. I figure if you can use or borrow some of his techniques...you're home free.

Message edited by author 2010-06-02 16:18:23.
06/02/2010 04:22:16 PM · #14
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Tried a split toned version with more blur.
06/02/2010 04:24:25 PM · #15
Originally posted by pawdrix:

Try something like this, where the warmer and blurred elements bring the rest of the shot to life.

Also, look at that photographers portrait work (Raphael Guarino) . Really stunning. I figure if you can use or borrow some of his techniques...you're home free.


Oh boy, some beautiful work there. Wonderful.
06/02/2010 04:48:03 PM · #16
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06/02/2010 04:51:44 PM · #17
Originally posted by clive_patric_nolan:

Originally posted by pawdrix:

Try something like this, where the warmer and blurred elements bring the rest of the shot to life.

Also, look at that photographers portrait work (Raphael Guarino) . Really stunning. I figure if you can use or borrow some of his techniques...you're home free.


Oh boy, some beautiful work there. Wonderful.


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06/02/2010 05:00:43 PM · #18
Well I am def no expert on editing but I thought it may look cool very high key since the bg was blown out anyways
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06/02/2010 05:18:37 PM · #19
This is just a starting point, but if you're looking for something more conventional and don't mind a little painterly effect, Topaz Simplify does some nice stuff; nothing but Topaz Simplify has been used here, so the BG and all is untouched as yet:

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R.
06/02/2010 05:34:59 PM · #20
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06/02/2010 06:01:43 PM · #21
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06/02/2010 06:11:39 PM · #22
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06/02/2010 06:12:00 PM · #23
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06/02/2010 06:13:55 PM · #24
Originally posted by jminso:

Well I am def no expert on editing but I thought it may look cool very high key since the bg was blown out anyways
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Or if you like a more dramatic processed look
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Or a different back ground
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Message edited by author 2010-06-02 18:25:29.
06/03/2010 12:03:39 AM · #25
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kinda vintage kinda not. im too tired to remove the background so this is what ive got for now
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