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Head Games: retouching portraits

Head Games: retouching portraits


This should be called “The Kevin Ames Chapter.” Actually, it really should be called the “I Hate Kevin Ames Chapter” because I already had this entire chapter written, until I stopped by Kevin’s studio in Atlanta one night to show him the rough draft of the book. What should have been a 15-minute visit went on until after midnight with him showing me some amazing portrait retouching tricks for the book. So I had to go back home and basically rewrite, update, and tweak the entire chapter. Which I can tell you, is no fun once you think a chapter is done and you’re about a week from deadline. But the stuff he showed me was so cool, I literally couldn’t sleep that night because I knew his techniques would take this chapter to the next level. And even though Kevin was incredibly gracious to let me share his techniques with my readers (that’s the kind of guy Kevin is), there was no real way I was going to name this chapter “The Kevin Ames Chapter.” That’s when it became clear to me—I would have to kill him. But then I remembered Kevin had mentioned that Jim DiVitale had developed some of the techniques that he had showed me, so now it was going to be a double murder. I thought, “Hey, they both live in Atlanta, how hard could this be?” but the more I thought about it, what with having to fly back up there and having to fly on Delta (stuffed in like human cattle), I figured I’d just give them the credit they deserve and go on with my life. Thus far, it’s worked out okay.


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