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Fat? Overcooked?

 
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Dec 30, 2014 15:14 |  #1

I just editing one to, in my opinion, quite flattering, but the person in the pictures thinks they are fat and overcooked. First is the original, 2nd is my edit...LMK what you think:


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Dec 30, 2014 15:19 |  #2

It seems that everybody thinks that photographs make them look fat. I think you have the right idea in not having a full on face pose, which accentuates the problem. But a slightly more oblique pose might make her happier. Two other things come to mind. One is that it's a tight crop on her face. That can make the image slightly overwhelming. Perhaps your subject was influenced by these factors. More seriously, while the original is somewhat muted in tone, your post processing stabs me in the eye. Far too much contrast and saturation. Sje almost looks scary. I suspect that's what she meant by it being overcooked. Tone it down a little.


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Dec 30, 2014 15:25 |  #3

I agree with the customer. You've managed to make her look fatter and over processed. Overdoing the skin smoothing on the lower half of her face is what makes her look fatter.


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Dec 30, 2014 15:44 |  #4

Honestly I probably wouldn't be happy either. You might consider a processing that looks more natural.


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Dec 30, 2014 21:19 |  #5

Oh ok now that you motion it when I look at it on my tablet. lol new computer setup and I guess my screen isn't calibrated very well... Tight crop to remove her ex bf out of the picture. It was just something I scraped up.




  
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Dec 30, 2014 21:55 |  #6

Removing all the lines on her face actually makes it look like her face is fatter. It also doesn't look normal, or flattering, it just looks wrong. My two cents, probably worth less than that as well lol


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Dec 31, 2014 14:40 |  #7

Your edit in no way compliments the young lady, just because you can do something doesn't necessarily mean that you should.
Take that RAW image, it was RAW wasn't it, and reprocess it...being subtle on this go-around.

And, FWIW, when your finished, crop a little bit wide, then reduce the image width 5-10% and re-crop to desired size.
That simple width-reduction is a very effective technique to give the appearance of a thinner, more comely lass.


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Dec 31, 2014 14:44 |  #8

Round face, needs different lighting (short) and she needs different pose (at least stick her forehead and chin out).


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Jan 01, 2015 20:53 |  #9

By smoothening out her skin you did make her face look fat. Try viewing with independent eyes.




  
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Jan 02, 2015 14:45 |  #10

windpig wrote in post #17359392 (external link)
Round face, needs different lighting (short) and she needs different pose (at least stick her forehead and chin out).

exactly this ^


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Jan 05, 2015 13:56 |  #11

I think her comment of looking fat comes from how wide her head appears because of the tonal values in her skin and hair being similiar. Your mind registers this as one thing even with shadow and ear in between. Also your correction of her left cheek profile made her face look round, and thus wider in the widest part of her face. Your best corrections are in her eyes, and likely that is the value you were focused on in post, they are very well done in the enhanced picture and a little flat in the raw. In my opnion she has a lot of character in her cheek profile (three ridges and some nice smile lilnes) and you might be able to recover the shot by keeping some of your value corrections but not disturbing that left cheek profile.


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Jan 09, 2015 22:33 |  #12

I'm a novice at PP so take my comments with more than 1 or 2 grains of salt....

Outside of the other comments already posted here about the skin work around the lower face/jaw, I like how you've brightened up her face and think it looks really good. What gets me though is how bright her coat is on the bottom right corner, it catches my eye too much. Same with the leaves in the background. If those two bits were just a little more muted then her face would stand out and separate from the background more. I presume that was the ex-boyfriends shoulder that you got rid of behind her? Well done, only picked it out because I was going back and forth between the two pictures looking at the leaves and realized something was missing.




  
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