Today I'm participating in i ♥ faces "Constructive Feedback Friday". Hopefully I'll get some good advice on how to fix up pictures like the one of Simon below (click to see bigger images).
The problem with many pictures of Simon is the skin around his mouth. Because of his allergies -allergies that we're still trying to completely pin down- his face is often raw and flaky. His most common reaction to foods is for the skin on his face to turn bright red, dry up, the flake off in big scaly chunks.
Not so cute.
Almost as bad are my attempts to edit it out! Normally I give up after making him look like his face is made of plastic (the picture/edit is worse when you click on it). Sure he's a doll, but I don't want him to look like his skin is actual PVC!
Clearly my photo editing skills (or lack there of) are part of the problem. It might very well be that I'm going about this all wrong. Mostly I used the heal and clone tools, but maybe the opacity was too high? It's just hard to cover all the flakes if it's too transparent. Also I'm using Gimp to edit as PS isn't quite in the budget right now. Is Gimp just too limited?
I'd love any advice you can give.
(click HERE for more Simon cuteness.)