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The look

By AndyCrompton
Another shot of Ashlie Smile I recently attended a lighting techniques session and Ashlie was the very patient model.

I thought I would use the images from this session to practice my photoshoping skills.

I am not sure if i have over done the eyes in this image

As always comments and mods welcome.


Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting

Voters: mianby, crabbo_1, Mick_Clayton and 13 more

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td1556 16 13 United Kingdom
29 Dec 2008 9:23PM
In my humble opinion I think you may have over photoshoped the eyes - they seem too white to be natural. Overall though it is still a good quality portrait.
banehawi Plus
17 2.7k 4282 Canada
29 Dec 2008 10:05PM
The eyes are OTT, - whites are too white, but I like the skin and the overall image.

Iain_C 13 2 3 Scotland
30 Dec 2008 4:42PM
Yeah the eyes are overdone a bit but that could easily be sorted if you still have the PSD file and have the eyes on a seperate layer, any chance of uploading the original to mod?
30 Dec 2008 6:15PM
Iain, I have uploaded the original as version 2. Enjoy
Iain_C 13 2 3 Scotland
30 Dec 2008 8:39PM
Hi Andy i have added my mod hope you like it please let me know what you think,

30 Dec 2008 8:45PM
Mod looks good Iain. Very natural looking Smile

What method do you use for skin softening?
Iain_C 13 2 3 Scotland
30 Dec 2008 9:05PM
Thanks Andy,

To smooth the skin i use the spot heal & clone tool to remove as many blemishes, freckles etc as possible.
Then i copy to a new layer and use surface blur as a layer mask by holding alt and clicking on layer mask button.
Using the white brush i paint the mask onto the skin then press x to switch to the black brush and go over the eyes and detail i want to keep sharp.
Once i'm happy with the area i back off the opacity to bring back the natural texture but retaining looking smoother skin.
To remove the cleft chin i cloned over the shadows with ajoining skin the used the healing brush to blend in the skin tones (before bluring) also you may have noticed i modified her lip slightly
30 Dec 2008 9:13PM
Your certainly mastering photoshop Iain (i am pressuming here, that it is photoshop you are using). Keep up the good work
Iain_C 13 2 3 Scotland
30 Dec 2008 9:22PM
Thanks Andy,
Yes mate i'm using photoshop CS4
i took out a membership at and have been working through photoshop tutorials there i highly recomend it Smile

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