I agree with Jak when she says: "What an incredibly beautiful young woman!" and again "...I couldn't resist a bit of playing around with it...."
Since I try to steer away from the Cloning Tool as much as possible, (repeating patterns etc.), I tend to turn to the 'Layer via Copy technique' in other words: I make a loose and soft selection of the problem area, I move the selection to a good part of the picture, as close as possible to the damage, I 'Layer via Copy' it, (Ctrl+J), and move it to cover the problem adjusting colour and brightness to blend it in as seamlessly as possible.
I finished the 'cleaning up' using Airbrush and Clone Tools set to either lighten or darken.
I softened the dark shadow under her chin by 'Layer via Copy', decreasing Contrast and increasing Brightness, soft Gaussian Blur and adding a bit of noise.
I made the colour of the dress more uniform, (without 'flattening' it completely), also by 'Layer via Copy', decreasing Contrast and Brightness.
I reconstructed her arms 'borrowing' part of her right neck to shoulder.
I sharpened her hair and eyes by running the High Pass Filter (Overlay Blending), applying a Layer Mask and revealing only the parts I wanted to sharpen.
To make her 'stand out' a little more, instead of increasing the contrast on the woman, I lightened the background a bit.
Finally, to soften the whole image a bit, I duplicated the Background Layer, run a very strong Gaussian Blur on it and set the Blending to Soft Light.
Here are both my versions: the B&W one and the 'warmly' toned one, obtained using the Curves.
Last edited by Flora; 07-23-2002 at 05:09 PM.
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