Thats right Muse - you have to know how and when to use them.
I love the snow in this....it really sets the mood. You did good!
This attachment is for Bev and Emma - I want to show Bev the depth she can achieve and for Emma - the Max filter - I used it on the hair here. The beautiful highlights now bring it all to life.
Skin is very hard to paint in digital. If you don't use some kind of texture on top of your strokes you get a "pasty" look. I use the noise filter @ around 1% ( you can fade it back if it seems too much - always pull it up close and look at it ) then use Gaussian blur at around 0.5% to "push" the noise into the skin. This is a necessary thing if you want to have a natural look. Noise really should always be applied in small doses to the entire image after all is done. It helps to hide any harshness and gives great texture to an image that otherwise would look slick and lifeless.
Hope this tip helps someone - thats for being a good sport Bev in letting me use yours as an expample.