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By Wellspring  
Extensively amended in Photoshop
a) curves in Lab Mode on the a and b channels to increase the colour contrast
b) some sharpening on the L channel.
Final image
c) was colour adjusted with Hue Adjustment Layer on reds and yellows
d) softened with a Gaussian Blur and layer mask
e) some skin blemishes removed with healing patch

Tags: Portraits and people Flash and lighting Girl pretty moody

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banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
26 Dec 2008 11:15PM
Its a nice portrait, - not a large difference in the 2 versions.

It might just be monitor calibration, but I notice a slight blue cast to both versions that Ive removed in a mod. Would be interested to know how the mod looks to you in comparison to your originals.

In the mod I used your V2, and balanced colours (probably removed anything you had done!), softened the skin using a median noise filter, sharpened eyes, and reduced sat and red overall. Also cropped to focus on eyes.


Wellspring 12 86 37 England
26 Dec 2008 11:25PM
Hehehe I noticed that I had not uploaded the original - that has now been corrected!!
Yes you are right about the blue - better without it - but I probably would have left it in the background.
I had already softened the skin and think I was going for realism so I stopped where I did - but yours does have a appeal all of its own.
The sharper eyes is good but I am not sure about reducing the saturation and red.
My definite fav mod is the crop!!! I am going to have to explore and use that more.

Thanks for all your time and effort Willie, much appreciated
banehawi Plus
16 2.4k 4233 Canada
27 Dec 2008 2:30AM
Yep, - I like V3 much better.

madbilly 12 1 4 England
29 Dec 2008 10:14AM
have done a small mod to this, let me know what you think
Wellspring 12 86 37 England
29 Dec 2008 6:04PM
Bill I think the mod smooths out the skin beautifully. I think you might have lost some of the texture in the process so I might try and bring some of that back while maintaining the softer skin tones.

In most of my work I am aiming to make the person recognisable in the portrait and not make them into something that they will never be able to achieve in public. This subject rarely wears makeup so I tried to make her the best I could while still keeping her recognisable. But this is just my view on this occasion.

Sometimes I am looking for a picture for a purpose and not a portrait, so then I can let PS loose!!

Thanks for the mod.
Iain_C 12 2 3 Scotland
29 Dec 2008 6:59PM
Hi i forgot to let you know i had done a mod for this portrait and ask you what you think,

Wellspring 12 86 37 England
29 Dec 2008 11:07PM
Thanks Iain, I had noticed your mod but had hesitated to comment.

I think that you have done a good job on the skin tones. I might prefer them just a higher contrast but only a tad, because the nose seems to be less well separated from the cheek. But I think your version is nearer reality than mine.

It looks like you changed the shape of her cheek and it definitely improves how she looks and depending on what I wanted to photograph for, I might have done the same. It definitely makes the face a more pleasant shape.

I think your

In this case I was looking for a character portrait and her face shape is part of that for me. She has lost her round cheeks that she used to have but this is caused by the life she has led and her age - all important aspects for me.

Also your hair looks like she has a lot of grey in it - in real life she does not look grey at all, flash seems to give this effect, so I would have played with the curves there.

Thank you for your mod - it is good to see examples of what I could have done.
Iain_C 12 2 3 Scotland
30 Dec 2008 12:03AM
Hello again,

Thanks for the feedback i'm very new to this kind of stuff i don't really know much about photography to be honest, i'm just learning to retouch photographs in PS.

Before retouching this portrait i took care to read the comments about not smoothing out the skin too much to retain natural skin texture.
I did reshape the cheek slightly purely as practice at making her face a bit more pleasant to look at, this is my first attempt at trying this
The grey in the hair was caused by the auto levels command i read the comment about the blue cast which was also through her hair and tried a few different auto commands untill i found the one i liked, had i more experience i would have tried the curves command manualy but at the moment that function completely confuses me Smile
Wellspring 12 86 37 England
30 Dec 2008 12:11AM
curves used to confuse me and i stayed with levels for a long time - then i decided to use only curves and I am glad i did. With PS we never stop learning!

To darken the hair, one way would be to use clone and set it to Darken and maybe to 50% opacity - then clone hair on top of the light bits. This would only change the lighter hairs leaving the dark ones alone.

Keep up the good work.

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