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Same photo as the B&W one. Just thought you'd might like to see the colou version. I haven't done much PS work here.
Any comment and advice welcomed. You've all been extremely helpful.
These are modifications uploaded by other members of the photo above. Download the photo by right clicking Download Photo and clicking Save As.
Nice series of Portrait shots, like the crop in this one.
Nice DoF. Her eyes really hold my attention
I hate to throw a spanner in the works Taya, but the focus is not sharp on the eyes (especially her right one). I assume you were using the lens wide open giving a very shallow depth of focus.
Work on it though - it is a nice portrait
Another nice portrait Taya, the eyes just look a bit soft.
Thank you for all your comments and modifications
Kaybee, I was using a very wide aperture and I've only balanced the colour in PS! But you are right, the focus around the eyes is quite soft!
Right Taya, I will try and remember what I did (I do the mods and then deletethem as they are not mine to keep)
1. clone/patch tool to remove skin blemmishes on neck and face. Also to clean the burst veins on cheek and lighten under the eyes.
2. select the lips with a small feather and copy onto a new layer which is then converted to 'soft light' and blended.
3. select the skinand give it a moderate feather before copying onto a new layer. This is then softened slightly (I use an 'action' I have, but slight gaussian blur will do). I then use the erasor with a soft edge to remove any softness that has crept over the eyes/mouth (and to a lesser degree, the nose).
4. flatten the layers.
5. roughly select the eyes and give it a fairly large feather and copy to a new layer. Then use the 'smart sharpen' filter (unsharp mask if you are not using CS2) to sharpen the eyes. If there is too much sharpening on the skin round the eyes remove that with the erasor.
6. Flatten layers and that is it....easy and quick
If you want more info e-mail me or send an instant message.
Hope it helps
Wow, that's a lot of work, and it really enhances the photo. I am going to do this tonight! Thank you for spening your time on modifying this photo.
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