Originally Posted by Edalisse
Wow, that's impressive! What do you mean by fake cuz it doesn't look fake at all?
Eda, you did such a beautiful rendition that I am sure you don't need my advise. Anyhow here you go: I opened the pic and adjusted it a little bit in ACR, took it into photoshop and rotated the canvas to the left - Filter-Diffuse-Anisotropic, rotated the canvas all the way to the right - same filter again. Rotate image to normal view, same filter again. Smudge some of the hard lines which have been introduced. Than I took the image over to Topaz Clean 2 and choose Crisp result or something like that - added a layer mask on the result and masked out the hair at 50% or so, as I didn't like lost definition. Put a grey filled layer on top to dodge and burn some, not much, mostly on eyes and blend shadows and highlights. Finally picked a color from the sweater for the frame. That's it. This technique - fake smudge - was introduced by our member Joeven (thanks joe)