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Mallow smile

By PCarman
image in colour. i feel i processed this a bit better than the last b and w i did attempt to do better with the lips and teeth which were a bit yellow also the eyes. some of the tips i tried to get to grips with but did best i could. i also still feel that i didnt want to soften it at all but try and clean up the skin blemishes so natural look was kept. im a bit scared of having this model look like the front of a magazine because its so unnatural and also its taken me so long to get an image right i didn't want to ruin it lol
i know i tiddly bit more work but happy with my result so will await comments and thank you x

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Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 6:58AM
In the mod I whitened her teeth and and brightened her eyes a little and added a small amount of contrast to her hair.

A lovely photo.


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PCarman 5 1
2 Jan 2013 1:10PM
I was trying to achieve that , iv just got to figure out those skills . where can i look for eye bright and teeth whitener. i tried a few tools but not subtle like you've got them im sure if i wasn't so heavy handed i could get it smooth like that. i have a pad and patience lol Tongue
Paintman Plus
11 1.2k 177 United Kingdom
2 Jan 2013 4:49PM
The best way to whiten teeth and the whites of eyes is to make a selection of them using the Lasso tool and choose curves on the adjustment panel situated in the layers panel. You're looking for the circle icon which is half black/half white at the bottom. Click this and choose curves from the fly out menu. You should now have a curves layer with its own mask and only the whites of the eyes and teeth selected in white. The rest will be black. White reveals, black conceals is the way to remember how a mask works.

Feather the mask by 1 to 5 pixels depending on how large the file size is so you don't get a sharp edge once you make the adjustments. Lighten the selected areas by pushing the diagonal line up slightly on the curves graph. If you do it too much it will look unnatural but you can lower the opacity to suit later. Now choose the Blue channel on the curves adjustment layer. You'll notice in the drop down menu that there is an RGB channel, a Red channel, a Green channel and a Blue channel and these work by changing the colour of the photo ( or selected area ) to the same colour as the channel name when the graph is pushed up. The colour changes to its complementary when the curve is pushed down, red becomes cyan, green becomes magenta and blue becomes yellow. An easy way to remember the channels opposites is to think:


K stands for black and can be disregarded in this instance.

Push the curve on the blue channel up very slightly in the middle of the line until the selected areas look better. Now choose the green channel and push this up even more slightly until it looks better. You can play with the channels to change the colour balance of the teeth and eyes to your hearts content until you get the hang of it. I tend not use the red channel for this operation as it doesn't help the look of whiteness in the teeth. If the teeth look too bright or white try lowering the opacity slider on the layers panel until they look natural and work with the photo. You're not trying to get a Donny Osmond in UV light effect with the teeth, so some restraint is in orderSmile

Hope that helps.

Regards, Alan.
dudler Plus
14 690 1317 England
2 Jan 2013 7:22PM
The eyes are simple - I often just use the dodge tool, set to around 7 or 8%, and "highlights".

Teeth sometimes respond to this, but it doesn't affect colour. My motto is "keep it simple" - and I believe good English teeth are strong and not Hollywood white...

Alan clearly knows far more than I do about digital retouching, and I bow to his suggestions. But it could be worth trying the "dodge" first...

And this is lovely in colour!
PCarman 5 1
2 Jan 2013 11:18PM
Guys that will now take me a month to understand all that lol but thank you for your time. i sit here and my poor simple brain melts at first but ill get it . im starting a basic photo shop coarse in jan curtacey of my place of work so ill be asking these questions if i cant get it before then. im just pleased iv got this far . but further encouraged by your wonderful comments , probably the best thing iv done logging into this site.

john im looking but for the life of me i cant see the dodge tool i know its there but cant find it, once took me two days to find the question mark on my keyboard , im looking but my eyes refuse to see it ( hard to explain but someone will need to tell me where it is lol ) Tongue

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