thanks for your kind words!
Originally Posted by Kraellin
how did you get the color back into the blown out areas? is that what the heal brush does?
To get the colour back into the blown out areas I usually start with a blank Layer set to Multiply (trying to paint colour directly on a pure white/black spot is useless) .... I sample colour from sorrounding areas and with a soft brush (I usually start with 10% Opacity and gradually 'build') I paint over them .... This, usually, leaves the spot looking a bit darker than before, but a bit 'muddy' and 'flat' .... so, my next step is to duplicate the Multiply Layer and start 'playing' with the blendings ... Color, Overlay, Soft Light, until I see I'm going in the right direction .... Once the colour looks OK, I tweak the Opacity of the Layers until I'm satisfied with the result ....
I rather use the Heal Brush (Mode>Replace) instead of the Clone Tool only when I have to completely cover, reconstruct or fill ... and only when nothing else helps...
For the shading ... I always try to 'dig' out whatever small/faded information/detail I can from the Channels ... if necessary I enhance it with Levels/Curves and, with the help of Layer Masks and Blendings, I 'blend' it in the image ... I enhance the shading or what I call 'the 3 dimensional feeling' using blank Layers set to Overlay and with a soft black/white/colour Brush (Opacity 10%) I paint over shadows and highlights to emphasize the shading. .... palms1,
thanks for your kindness .... glad if we could be of any help ... and great job!!!