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08/26/2004 08:20:30 AM · #1
A college of mine needed a portrait today, and being a nice guy, I obliged. I got some nice shots against our office white wall.
Here is one of the originals.
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Anyway I decided to try fixing a few things.
Here is the result.
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Edit: Cant seem to link images

Message edited by author 2004-08-26 08:21:42.
08/26/2004 08:47:45 AM · #2
Nice job on the editing, Peter.

Taking it a step further, I applied a bit of AutoFX's free Dreamy Photo plug-in (which I love for portraits!) on your re-touched version, then used the history brush to paint back the eyes from the original and ended up with this in just a few seconds:

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Just throwing it out there...
08/26/2004 08:53:29 AM · #3
Man that makes amazing results!
Did you change the colours or anything else, or only use the plugin?
08/26/2004 08:59:11 AM · #4
I used just the plug-in and then the history brush to restore the sharpness of the eyes. That's it. Dreamy Photo has a "tint" setting, which defaults to a shade of red, which is great for adding a bit of color to portraits. I used the default settings (Ghost Type: Soft, Blur: 10, Ghosting: 2, Soften Mask: 5, Zoom: 0) but dialed down the Blend setting to 35-40 and the Tint Color level to about 10. Glad you liked the results! Dreamy Photo is great; it is like being able to add a "Soft Focus" filter to your lens after the fact!

Message edited by author 2004-08-26 09:01:40.
08/26/2004 09:06:50 AM · #5
It sure does make her look dreamy with beautiful wrinkless skin. My only comment is that most of us don't look dreamy in real life. Should we be photographing what really is for portrait shots and save this amazing plug in for fantasy.
08/26/2004 09:19:43 AM · #6
Can I use it for fairy Tales?
I guess not, but would be good for that sort of thing.

CCasey. I guess it depends on what you want to use the portrait for.
Passport photos should be a representation of someone pretty accurately represented, however I think no one is too upset when you do a portrait of them and "Enhance" the photo to make them look better!

Edit: Typo

Message edited by author 2004-08-26 09:20:37.
08/26/2004 09:23:59 AM · #7
Originally posted by ccasey:

My only comment is that most of us don't look dreamy in real life.


I do.
08/26/2004 09:36:21 AM · #8
The only problem with the Dreamy effect is that it is, well, dreamy. Everything ends up looking too soft to me.

Whilst it's main benefit is it's speed and easy application. Doing it by hand with layers etc is more rewarding.

Here is a very quick sacmp that i did.

All basic editing, but 15 minuets worth of zooming in and a lot of care :D

When i do these properly, I like to set aside around 3 hours per face - 4 per body. But I think it's worth it.

I think she looks a few years younger on the right..?

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08/26/2004 09:38:02 AM · #9
that dreamy photo t hing is a great solution - up until now i'd been using smudge and diffuse glow to achieve similar effects, so this is great! thanks! :)
08/26/2004 09:38:08 AM · #10
One of the best things to do apart from wrinkles and skin tones is also the easiest - whiten the teeth and eyes then sharpen eyes.

Only takes 2 minuets too!

08/26/2004 09:44:23 AM · #11
Originally posted by jonpink:

One of the best things to do apart from wrinkles and skin tones is also the easiest - whiten the teeth and eyes then sharpen eyes.

Only takes 2 minuets too!

I tried that on the teeth. I selected them with the wand, and just adjusted the levels a bit. Or is there a better way to do that?
08/26/2004 09:47:39 AM · #12
I used to do it that way too - an easier and better way is simply to dodge it - that way you can still retain detail and cracks etc.

08/26/2004 10:06:26 AM · #13
For teeth i tend to use the sponge tool and just set it to desaturate and it works like a charm. jon, what were some of the steps that you used to your finished product?

Message edited by author 2004-08-26 10:06:47.
08/26/2004 10:12:12 AM · #14
Wow, I hope you guys keep this thread going...there are already some incredible tips in here...tell us more!
08/26/2004 10:12:59 AM · #15
if aKiwi agrees to me using his picture I can write a tutorial perhaps..?
08/26/2004 10:15:17 AM · #16
Originally posted by jonpink:

if aKiwi agrees to me using his picture I can write a tutorial perhaps..?


Please do.
08/26/2004 10:24:39 AM · #17
Originally posted by jonpink:

if aKiwi agrees to me using his picture I can write a tutorial perhaps..?


would be much appreciated! :)
08/26/2004 10:26:42 AM · #18
yes yes yes!
08/26/2004 10:31:24 AM · #19
do it to it!
08/26/2004 10:34:07 AM · #20
You guys are amazing. I am new to using photo editing software and these tips will be a great deal to me. Keep up the good work. You are truely an asset to us beginners and to this site.
08/26/2004 10:41:26 AM · #21
Originally posted by jonpink:

if aKiwi agrees to me using his picture I can write a tutorial perhaps..?

No problem. Look foreward to reading it.
08/26/2004 10:54:05 AM · #22
YOU CAN DOOO ITTT !!!!!!

Please Please Please

Cheers,
Mike
08/26/2004 11:04:48 AM · #23
I always hate messing with the actual pixels of my photos... if I do, it's usually on a copy of the image (just another layer in PhotoShop).

The way I usually whiten teeth or eyes to select them (many ways to do this, sometimes I'll use quick mask, often I'll use the wand and then feather the selection). Then I create a hue/sat layer. It automatically picks up the selection as a mask so that any changes I make will only appear on the areas that I've selected.

Next I usually drop the saturation down to about -20. This gets rid of yellows on teeth or reddishness in the eyes.

Then I bring the lightness up just a bit ... usually only about +3 or so. (too much and people know the image is a fake, but just enough so that it gives them a brighter smile)

Anyway, there are lots of ways to achieve the same thing. My main point is that, by doing this in a layer, I can choose to turn the layer on or off, or I can even edit the layer and adjust the settings ... long after many other changes have been made.

08/26/2004 11:37:54 AM · #24
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I did not touch her teeth as i am very lazy.

Message edited by author 2004-08-26 11:38:40.
08/26/2004 02:32:25 PM · #25
Hard work writing a tutorial. Printed it out and it's 5 a4 pages long. Must try and condence it.

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