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20+ Years Of Image Retouching.....

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Oct 3rd 2005#170693 Report
Member since: Aug 12th 2002
Posts: 1693
Retouch, I know... I work in the same industry :P
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Oct 3rd 2005#170694 Report
Member since: Nov 15th 2004
Posts: 13
LOL! I remember you from PST!!! Yea...he has some cool stuff!
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Oct 8th 2005#170762 Report
Member since: Sep 30th 2004
Posts: 24
hey retouch,
havent been on in a while but just got back from some work. i was wondering about that absolut ad, u know the one where the bottles keep switching in and out? is that the final product? cause its going a bit fast (the switching that is) or is it a slow fade in fade out sequence?
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Oct 9th 2005#170772 Report
Member since: Sep 13th 2005
Posts: 7
mel81x, there were four bottles that had been retouched. That fact that they are switching too fast could be my fault. I just set the time between the frames at a very fast rate. People tend to skip through web pages quickly so I tried to waste as little of peoples time as I could!

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Oct 9th 2005#170773 Report
Member since: Sep 30th 2004
Posts: 24
cool yeah i realized why u did that later on lol sorta answered my own question. good stuff man i was quite amazed with all the retouch work. what kind of camera are using in those pictures because im in the market for a new camera and was wondering what i should get.
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Oct 10th 2005#170802 Report
Member since: Sep 13th 2005
Posts: 7

The shots were supplied to me. The cameras used though are typically high-end models from Canon, Nikon with Leaf backs. Not sure of the models, but they are expensive!

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Oct 13th 2005#170857 Report
Member since: Jan 21st 2003
Posts: 21
very inspiring. I'm working on a few yellow page ads with some nightmare images... I know the pain!
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Oct 14th 2005#170877 Report
Member since: Apr 24th 2002
Posts: 55
Nice work! I also noticed you've written a book, I have Photoshop Restoration & Retouching, Second Edition, how are the books different? Restoration is more like a hobby to me, I've just started reading the Eismann book, but your retouching is also impressive.

The site could benefit from a redesign though, and if you're not a designer yourself look for a convenient web design firm in your area. I think a modern, simple design would be best fit to showcase your work.
Here are a few sticking points, some of which can be fixed without redesigning:

  • the page background seems too dead because of the dark gray, you could go with a dark-medium purple or a ligher gray. I liked DIC2370s*, HKS41K, PANTONE 8387c (metallic coated), PANTONE 533C (solid coated) etc. The last one goes really well with the purple face pic. Sorry for the colour names, I was switching back and from profiles experimenting.
  • the buttons are too big, navigation should be just small enough not to be unobtrusive and big enough to find it. I'd go for something more subtle. Like I said, this is what retouching inspires to me: finesse.
  • the rollover on the buttons is a usability problem. Buttons should not modifiy content outside their borders, it distracts and confuses the user.
  • all text on the site is too big/bold, again, it contradicts the nature of retouching in my opinion. You'll want copy that's 1 or 2 pixels larger than the one under the menu, for readability, and bold type for headings.
  • the brushed aluminium would look much better if it stretched across the site, not just in the middle.
  • the 'Glen Honiball' should have its baseline aligned with 'Image retouching'.

Here are some examples from
1. - don't like the navigation and bottom content arrangement and the background pattern may be too artsy, but it's simple enough
2. - pretty good, it doesn't even have to be flash
3. - with accent on the content, it's a bit too thin though
4. - good, still too thin
5. - too weird navigation but note how well the site frame contrasts with the background and the picture
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Oct 16th 2005#170900 Report
Member since: Apr 12th 2001
Posts: 245
hey glenn, I bought your book yesterday and I was wondering if you could post the images you used as examples in the book online so I can try the techniques out. I know I can use any pics but it would really help to use the same ones so I can compare.

Thanks and great work on the book!
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Oct 18th 2005#170937 Report
Member since: Sep 13th 2005
Posts: 7
Hey Guyz:

BT, I know what you are saying. I sort of in the process of redesigning the site. I've had a few people contact me to re-do it. I am open to suggestions though, much appreciated. Actually, I though this guy's site is pretty cool:

psnewb, I have had a couple of people request the images. I did contact the publisher about it. There is an issue of the copyright with the images as they were used from istockphoto. I wish I had a better answer for you. I do believe they are working on it. I might suggest you contact O'Reilly, coming from some users, it might push them a little bit if you don't mind. Thanks.

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