Registered: May 2002
Location: New York City
Using Photoshop 7, I decided to try to incorporate some of the tips and tricks I've learned, instead of relying on my usual "bag of tricks."
- First, I cropped out the white border, which was dirty and discolored.
- Then used auto levels and auto color, for surprisingly good results. Usually they don't do much for me, but this time they did a pretty good job.
- The most glaring problem now was the missing piece of her forehead, which I cleaned up with the patch tool.
- Then I used the Dust & Scratches filter to clean up some of the various spots in the photo. Next was careful use of the Clone Stamp to do more of the same - without going overboard with it and making it look kind of fake.
- On a new layer, I selected her eyes, then filled them in with a semi-opaque brown and dropped the opacity, just to give the eyes a little more “oomph.”
- I *tried* to clean up the carpet witht he patch tool, but not with great results.
- I admit that I chickened out of doing something major with the background, and just slected around the girl with the elliptical marquee tool, feathered it, inverted the selection and deleted. Then replaced with a golden gradient and added a little noise.
- As a final step, I did a slight unsharp mask in the Lightness channel in Lab mode.