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Old 11-05-2002, 01:29 AM
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I figure go with the flow - that is sunlight hitting the face and the shadow under the hat looks perfect to me without any adjustment.

I selected around the blotchy area, layer via copy, changed layer to lighten mode, used curves on layer to lighten more - so as to match sunlight with a feeling of texture, cleaned up edges with layer mask to give it a good shape...

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Old 11-05-2002, 04:31 AM
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Yes, the picture is too small to do properly, but this method should work on any reasonable size. NOTE: To do this job I first enlarged the pic to 400 pixels wide, then reduced again at end.

First, select the cheek and nose shadows with lasso, taking more than you want, hit control/command-J and put these pieces on a new layer.

Dupe original and desaturate it to b/w. Do same for "pieces" layer. Keep it above the b/w face.

Then darken pieces with hue/saturation till they blend to suit.

Using fuzzy eraser, erase away excess edges of shadow pieces, then merge to make new layer.

Set original layer over top of this new layer, and set to color mode. Merge layers.

Paint over the grayish areas with brush set to color mode and/or clone tool set to color mode, selecting colors from surrounding areas of face.

Add "clumped" grain from the texture filter menu, and reduce opacity to blend in softly.

Touch up remaining edges by using clone tool set at 50% opacity, selecting evenly lit colored areas from cheek etc. to blend in the corrected shadow areas.

You don't want to remove the shadows completely as it would look flat and unnatural, so keep some light on the nose and chin etc., but get the line off the cheek.

I also used a bit of dustnscratches and increased contrast.

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