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12 Apr 2009 8:44AM
What a difference! Alexey

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imagio 9 12 1 England
12 Apr 2009 9:11AM
Excellent the way you have cloned out the freckles

Bernie
JAILER68 8 143 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 9:14AM
You wouldn't think it was the same girl. Well done.
Duane.
12 Apr 2009 10:22AM
wow what a diiference especially in the eyes
Iain_C 7 2 3 Scotland
12 Apr 2009 10:36AM
Thanks Alexy, Bernie, Duane and Matty for the kind comments.

Matty the eyes were done using dodge and burn on a seperate layer then backing off the opacity to about 40%
thebigyin Plus
10 84 6 United Kingdom
12 Apr 2009 11:54AM
I am very pleased you have have done a variation post like this.

The comments to this are quite interesting, I am not quite sure if the other commenters are saying that they prefer version one, or they just like the way the photo has been re-touched (and it has been done very well BTW).... With the emphasis on the word re-touched, not enhanced.

My opinon is that V1 is a very good example of how facial features can be altered in a way to look more appealing to the majority and is not a reflection to reality.

I prefer V2. Leigh-Ann is a beautiful & attractive young girl, she does not need any further enhancement appart from maybe bringing out the colour and sparkle in her eyes, she certainly did not need her freckles removed, because these are a part of her, and add to her personality on the picture.

Please do not get me wrong, I really like what you have done, and it really is a beautiful portrail.

I would be interested to know what others think or even the model herself.

Alister
Iain_C 7 2 3 Scotland
12 Apr 2009 12:49PM
Alister,
I totaly agree with you the retouching wasn't necessary she is a naturaly beautiful girl.

My reasons for doing so are that i enjoy doing this kind of thing in CS4 and that i wanted to show my work in CS4 to Leigh-ann after she asked me about it during the shoot.

Leigh-ann has been show the original and the retouched version and chose the retouched version for her portfolio, possibly this was as you said about the appeal to the majority.

But again she certainly is beautiful enough not to require any retouching.
RayEd 7 Wales
12 Apr 2009 2:36PM
I'm with thebigyin in that I like both versions for the same reasons.
Well done on the work you put in.

Ray
silburkp 11 3 England
12 Apr 2009 9:32PM
An excellent bit of digital manipulation. Hard to choose between the two, v.1 is very effective, whereas v.2 has a simple natural quality.
DJLphoto 7 6 England
13 Apr 2009 8:48AM
I agree with silburkp and bigyin

Hard to decide which one, but whichever one the model has chosen and as long as she likes them who cares Wink

Great set Iain

Darryl
Dvaid 6 257 United Kingdom
13 Apr 2009 10:19AM
What a fantastic difference. I guess the model would prefer the retouched version whilst her mother would cherish the original one.

Admirable work.

My sincerest congratulations, it must have taken hours. How did you remove the freckles with such success?
Iain_C 7 2 3 Scotland
13 Apr 2009 10:49AM
Thanks to everyone for the kind comments on this picture Grin

Dvaid i built up the skin smoothing gradualy by using ctrl J to copy the layer i then applied surface blur and made the layer a mask i then painted the mask over the skin and then backed off the opacity until i was happy usualy this was to as little as 20%-40%, i repeated this two more times then cloned out the remaining parts of the freckles with the clone tool set to lighten blend mode.

Iain
gary1 7 3
14 Apr 2009 2:36AM
Hi Iain, Both versions look great but if I had to pick one I would go for version 2.
ToothPilot 8 50 4 United Kingdom
15 Apr 2009 7:57AM
Quality work.
You have great skills already with PS.
Iain_C 7 2 3 Scotland
15 Apr 2009 8:00AM
Thanks Hendrik i joined lynda.com and sat through hundreds of hours of tutorials learning how to use layers, channels and masks.
oll1e Plus
8 57 2 United Kingdom
20 May 2009 10:34PM
Blimey Iain ,your good at this ps lark ,all i can do is resize and remove dust bunnies
lots of respect for this ,Leigh looks lovely and can imagine her seeing this, would amaze her.
warm regds
ollie
Iain_C 7 2 3 Scotland
20 May 2009 10:51PM
Thanks Ollie,

I learned how to use Photoshop before i took up photography i sat through many hours of tutorials from Lynda.com.
Learning how to manipulate images is what got me into wanting to take my own.
oll1e Plus
8 57 2 United Kingdom
21 May 2009 9:01AM
Well keep doin what you are doin Iain ,ive think i'll have to check out some of these tutorials.Smile
18 Sep 2009 10:08PM
Great photo!!

Love V2 I'm a bit of a fan of freckles and you have captured her skin tones brilliantly.

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