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stanislav

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Hi there,

I'm not an expert either, but i think the problems is that the whites in this picture are overexposed that gives it a lack of contrast thus detail.
So i gave it a quick try anyway, but i think when coloring it too much it will look unnatural.

But i'm sure the real gurus can make a better effort
 
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Good Effort stani I like the how you did that coloring.

What a beautiful woman. I'm afraid to try because I know I couldn't do her beauty justice.
 
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It was Praise, I'd never joke about someone's mother. She is truly beautiful.
 

stanislav

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Thank you Joy,

But it was real quick done...and i don't think it is that good.

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I'm afraid to try because I know I couldn't do her beauty justice.
Joy i saw some work from you and i.m sure you won't mess up.
I believe that challenges like these are a really a good opportunity to improve ones PS skills. Myself for instance: i joined this board about 6 weeks ago and i amazed myself what i learned in that time thanks to this board and its people. But i see myself still as a noob and that makes me still eager to learn more.

And i agree with you the woman in the picture looks almost like a saint
 

Stroker

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A large part of the problem is being too "uniform" with the colour. There needs to be subtle changes in the colour.

For example, cheeks will usually have slightly higher saturation while the area around the eyes will be a bit lower in saturation. The forehead will tend more towards orange while the hairline will tend more towards red. For an area like a shiny forehead, the lum will be higher and the saturation will be lower.

Sometimes you have to be really careful with the minor shifts in colour. A touch of orange can sometimes look yellow/green. Fascinating phenom.

Attached is real quick-n-sloppy painting of hue and saturation.
Drop it over your photo and set to Colour blending mode.
I did crop, so you'll have to move it into place.
Not the greatest example, but should show what I'm talking about.

I did this using hue and saturation, but the same idea applies for ab in Lab.

edit:
Crap.
I just noticed something.
BBL.
 

Stroker

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Ah! Going nuts!

Take what you've done so far.
Copy the original and order it to the top of the Layers palette.
Set the blending mode to Luminosity.
You should see a marked difference.

There is kind of a 'order of operations' going on.
Luminosity will act as a 'clamp', so to speak.
This is why I always work with Luminosity at the top.

Gotta go.

edit:
Man, talking to 2 different people here.
What a mess.
I'm going for a walk.
 

stanislav

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Hi,

Stroker thanks for your explanation !!
The result looks so much better :perfect:
There is so much more i can learn about those blending options

I know practise, practise practise....
 

Stroker

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In the quick paint job that I did, the forehead looks sickly yellow/green to me. However, the hue for that part is around 20 degrees, which is actually orange/red.

Humans perceive things one way, and a computer "sees" the data another way. It can be really frustrating at times.

As far as blending modes go, I've seen some truly weird things when dealing with Luminosity, Hue, Sat, and Colour. Some combinations in various orders work and some don't. I've even seen some 'quantum artifacts' in a few cases. I don't explicitly know or understand the rules, so I avoid the whole thing by always having Lum at the top. If you mess with different blending modes in different orders, it shouldn't take much for you to find your flow.

Back under my rock with me.
 

kiwi

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Heres a quick try from me,still needs quite a bit of work :)


Stroker and I aint getting under youre rock :D
 

stanislav

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Hi ,

Nice work all !
But i think we all might be wrong bout the hue of the face because she is an indian woman i guess

Hee stroker thanks for the feedback

Back under my rock with me
Never heard the expression but thanks i had a sleepless night for wondering what it might mean \:]
 

kiwi

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Thanx :).....feel free to work from it if you want to..



I didnt ty to add to much color because I didnt know the tonal range to work with,and I didnt want to make her look to dark etc.


Maybe if you used a photo of youre mother you could work out the toning more easily.Or if it was acceptable you could also post a pic of youre mom to give us a better idea to work from.



I agree with Joy about youre great grandmother looking beautiful.She has one of those faces which tell a story just by looking at her.My first thought was of an image you might see in an national geographic magazine.
 
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kiwi I can't thanx 4 that. I have no words 4 it. anyway would u like to share how did u do that ? in depth? I'll be really thankful to you and it will also help many noobs like me to learn kool coloring techniques. + I will also post pic of my mom as soon I get home. Thanx
 

kiwi

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Hi...srry have been out of the loop for a while :)


Um a tute,I am horrid at tutes,I am also quite busy at the moment,but I will see what I can do.


Stu.
 

kiwi

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Ah cool :)


Folllowing what I thought are now the right tones etc,heres what I came up with.The hair still needs a lot of work though.
 

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