All my thanks John
..just barging in ...
First I'd like to apologize for the confusion I created with the Ctrl+... Command ...
I'm very glad you are happy with your picture and that it printed well, but there is one thing I'd like to point out when 'toning down' the whites (point I made in my first post here...)... or the blacks ....
If the whites in your picture are 'pure' white (255) and the blacks are solid black (0) ... or both values you are working with are very close to these, you don't have any image information left in those areas ... meaning ... if you tone down those 'blacks' by tweaking the Levels Output value, (or using any other adjustment to that purpose... [btw, in CS2 you also have the 'Exposure' Adjustment which lets you correct a wrong exposure in one go!]...) you'll end up with solid 'dark grey' blocks ... Same thing with the whites which tend to become a 'muddy' looking grey ....
In these cases, this procedure will surely give you a technically better balanced image ... but not necessarily a better looking one ....
Adding a hint of colour to the 'toned down' areas might give you a much more natural result even in these extreme cases .... This Tutorial will show you how ...
Hope this helps ....
In my attachment, some of the 'pure white' areas in your picture ...
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