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Don't know if it would be applicable here, but applying a shadow mask (inverse luminosity mask) to the texture layer could help tone down the canvas in the face.
Just an idea.
i seem to be following you around, lk
mine here will not look very good at all if your gamma settings dont match mine pretty closely. hopefully, my monitor is calibrated fairly well.
this started out as an exercise in only using manual operations. i just wanted to use simple tools and no grand filters or plugins and practice my brush strokes and smudge techniques a bit. i chose a smudgy sort of brush, lowered the opacity, increased the 'step' and lowered the density. this was all to get a varied 'drag the paint' effect. the smudging was actually done with the 'push' tool and not the 'smudge' tool.
after all smudging was done, i copied the layer and applied 'sharpen more' twice.
copied the layer and applied illumination. as you can see i'm now veering from my original intention to not use very many auto type operations
added a new blank raster layer and applied a white 'cracked paint' filler pattern and blurred it with gausian blur. i then added a blending mode and erased the filler over the woman's face to let it shine though.
copy merge and add as new layer. and, control v to make a new image of that layer.
cropped the new image.
resized the new image.
added an adjustment layer of contrast/lighten and added more contrast.
duplicated the layer and gausian blurred it and set a blend mode to it and to the contrast adjustment layer. the new duped layer was below the contrast/lighten layer but above the background layer.
the basic look still comes from the 'push' and 'sharpen more' effects.
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