....Yes, I prefer the deepened shadows one too... even though I see that everybody who worked on this one couldn't resist the temptation to unveil that magnificent background a bit .... just like uncovering a tiny bit of Paradise!!!
Working with PS CS2, in my previously posted image I'd used a Shadow/Highlight Adjustment to balance the shadows ... but, since tigerphoto is working with PS7 here is my alternative way:
Selection of the shadows
To not lighten the already lighter parts of the picture, I wanted a rather clear edged selection of the shadows... so I used a Threshold Adjustment Layer. (Attachment 1)
The edges are very clear but also very harsh so I Merged Visible (*), blurred the merged layer, Ctrl+I inverted it (now the shadows were white), and clicked Ctrl+Alt+~ to select its Luminosity.
Top image of Attachment 2
With the selection still active, I:
1) clicked on the 'eye' on the left of my 'merged and Thresohold Layers' to make them invisible,
2) activated the Background by clicking on it
3) Ctrl+J pasted the selection on its own Layer (Bottom image of Attachment 2)
4) changed the Blending of this new Layer to Screen.
Deepening the Shadows
After finishing retouching, I created a new Layer on top, made an oval selection around the model and transformed the selection to fit her position.
1) Ctrl+Shift+I inverted the selection (now everything around the model was selected)
2) Strongly feathered the selection (80 Pixels)
3) Changed the Blending of this new (vignette) layer to Soft Light and decreased it 'Fill' to 95%
4) Duplicated this Layer twice more changing Blending and 'Fill' value as in Attachment 4
My final result Attachment 4
(*) Merge Visible:
Keeping the Alt key pressed, open your Layers Palette's Menu and, click on 'Merge Visible'.
A new Layer containing all your corrections will be created on top of all the other Layers ....
This procedure enables you to carry on with your restoration from your advanced point... without losing any of the previous steps/Layers... thus giving you the possibility to retrace your steps and making changes wherever necessary.... even after you've 'finished' the job....
Hope this helps
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