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I love this image. It is exactly the direction I want to take my retouching. It took upwards of 25 hours to complete, and I probably could have spent more on it, but I had to let it go.

The inspiration I thought came from one of my favorite photographers/retouchers, Ruadh DeLone, but after looking at his images, I am not sure if it was Ruadh or someone else that provided the inspiration. Regardless I am in love with his work and hope one day to possess 1/10th of his talent.

The lips were a major breakthrough. I came across a Photoshop tutorial for applying lip gloss on FX-Ray's Facebook Page just at the right time! There is also a free download for lip gloss brushes on their website. They are amazing! Makes me want to go back and apply the gloss brush to all my past images that contain lips...

Basically, every single pore on this lovely girls' skin has been massaged by Photoshop, either by healing, cloning, dodging or burning. I am obsessed with smooth gradations in the skin. I inspect the image from very tiny (2 inches on my monitor) to very large (200-300%) and if I spot any pore or patch of skin that stands out, it gets lightened or darkened until it is no longer noticeable.

Does it look fake and overdone? YES... IT DOES - but for some unknown reason, I LOVE IT.
Not that I would want to make every image look this Photoshopped, but at least I know I can, when I want to :)

Lighting Info:
- 22" white socked beauty dish 2 ft. in front of subject at head level
- Small silver reflector at waist level for fill
- Subject up against thunder grey seamless background

AlienBee 800's
Paul C. Buff beauty dish

Canon 5d Mk ll
24-105mm L Lens

All processing done in Photoshop CS6

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