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Mar 06, 2010 14:59 |  #1

So, this is a snapshot that I would like to make look more like head shot quality by using Ps. Any suggestions or examples of what I might do to it?


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Mar 06, 2010 15:36 |  #2

should i move this to critique corner for help, instead?




  
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Mar 06, 2010 16:20 |  #3

I would suggest reshooting if you can. Get her lit by a north facing window and use a white board of some sort on the inside of the room to provide fill. Step back and zoom in to use as long a focal length as you can.
There is a lot you can do in photoshop to improve this image though. http://www.christyschu​ler.com/retouching.htm​l (external link) The link will prove useful.
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Mar 06, 2010 18:53 as a reply to  @ poloman's post |  #4

Just a quick fix..

This young lady is lovely and some correct photographic makeup application would make her look even better. A solid background of just about any gray, black or white would enhance the image.

This is a quick fix using Portrait Professional 9 to smooth out her complexion and generally spruce up the image. I attempted to blur the background using Photoshop's gausian blur filter.


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Mar 07, 2010 14:15 |  #5

poloman wrote in post #9741859 (external link)
I would suggest reshooting if you can. Get her lit by a north facing window and use a white board of some sort on the inside of the room to provide fill. Step back and zoom in to use as long a focal length as you can.
There is a lot you can do in photoshop to improve this image though. http://www.christyschu​ler.com/retouching.htm​l (external link) The link will prove useful.
Check out the Russell Brown Show (google it)
The following link is from a book by Lee Varis. It is a great book.
http://www.photoshopsu​pport.com …-1/Skin_Varis_202-215.pdf (external link)

these are brilliant... i played with photoshop all night long while using these tutorials and techniques. thank you for the advice!




  
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Mar 07, 2010 14:24 |  #6

RPCrowe wrote in post #9742577 (external link)
This young lady is lovely and some correct photographic makeup application would make her look even better. A solid background of just about any gray, black or white would enhance the image.

This is a quick fix using Portrait Professional 9 to smooth out her complexion and generally spruce up the image. I attempted to blur the background using Photoshop's gausian blur filter.

this picture was actually taken sans make-up, except for mascara. the picture is only going to be used for identification purposes, but i thought i would try to spruce it up a bit, anyway, since a lot of people will see it (otherwise i would go all out and do a fresh shoot with make-up and the whole nine yards). it was a picture that i had on hand, though, which i happened to like, and i thought it might be easy to touch up and just give some minor enhancement.
thank you, crowe, for the touch-ups and telling me what you did. i will post my finished product as soon as i get to my other computer.




  
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Mar 07, 2010 17:18 |  #7

I've had a little play too, as I find it rather therapeutic messing with other people's pictures - it doesn't matter if I make a complete gnarl up! ;)

I haven't had a go at the background though, as making a selection around the hair, whilst possible, is quite time consuming to do a proper job.

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Mar 07, 2010 17:29 |  #8

Sorarse wrote in post #9747922 (external link)
I've had a little play too, as I find it rather therapeutic messing with other people's pictures - it doesn't matter if I make a complete gnarl up! ;)

I haven't had a go at the background though, as making a selection around the hair, whilst possible, is quite time consuming to do a proper job.

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i absolutely love the eyes. what did you do to get them like that?




  
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Mar 07, 2010 17:46 |  #9

cleaned up the skin a little then Ran a skin smoothing action.Burned the background and bumped the contrast in curves.

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Mar 07, 2010 18:03 |  #10

Chrisa... IMO you went way too far. Her nose has almost disappeared and her lips are blurred. I think the best treatment for skin is the way the pros do it. Zoom way in and deal use the healing brush and cloning tool to improve the skin. Takes a long time but you can still see the pores in the skin.


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Mar 07, 2010 21:02 as a reply to  @ poloman's post |  #11

Here is my attempt. Replaced the background although I didn't spend a lot of time on the masking around her hair. Reduced the size of her pupils a bit - probably could stand a little more work on her eyes. Changed the lighting a little, some d&b, a little evening on the skin, and a curves adj. Maybe it'll give you an ideal anyway.


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Mar 08, 2010 10:48 |  #12

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i absolutely love the eyes. what did you do to get them like that?

I'll try and remember, as it was all done late last night. Think I played with boosting the saturation and colour a little bit, selectively applying this to the blue and cyan levels, using a layer mask to ensure that the changes only affected the required part of the eye, and not the rest of the image.

Think I then created another layer in which I did a curve adjustment to lighten the entire image. I then put a black mask on this layer to hide the change, and used a low opacity brush painting white to highlight the part of the eye between the edge of the cornea and the pupil.

I think the final adjustment was selective sharpening. Again I sharpened the entire image, but then used a mask on the layer so that the sharpening effect was limited to the eyes.

I think that was about it.


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Mar 08, 2010 11:10 as a reply to  @ Sorarse's post |  #13

I like Sorarse's rendition...definitely good job on the eyes! It seems a lot of women like the "plasticky" look, in some images it's cool, but in a more relaxed setting, I like to not have it looked too processed...here's my try. Beautiful model BTW. :)

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Mar 08, 2010 14:34 |  #14

dont listen to these knuckle heads, your freckles are a god given gift, dont edit them out, it looks fake anyways. if you were to show up with no freckles on a head shot and you have them on your face it will make you look worse in an interview.




  
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Mar 08, 2010 16:22 |  #15

funkdaddyfresh wrote in post #9753826 (external link)
dont listen to these knuckle heads, your freckles are a god given gift, dont edit them out, it looks fake anyways. if you were to show up with no freckles on a head shot and you have them on your face it will make you look worse in an interview.

that's sweet of you :)
actually, the head shot is just for a press badge for a film festival (no modeling or anything of that sort), but since it is winter in buffalo, and make-up will be worn, the freckles will be a lot more hidden, anyway. i happen to like freckles, as well.




  
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