STEP 1. OPEN THE IMAGE FILE IN PHOTOSHOP CS IN IT'S ORIGINAL
STEP 2. CHANGE THE IMAGE FROM COLOR TO BLACK AND WHITE USING THE GRADIENT FEATURE
AND ADJUST LEVELS OF BLK & WHT WITH THE GRADIENT TOOL
STEP 3. SELECT THE AREA WERE THE IMAGE IS LOCATED SO AS NOT TO HAVE TO WORK ON THE
WHOLE PHOTO THIS LEAVES JUST THE AREA OF CONCERN TO BE WORKED ON
STEP 4. ADJUST BRIGHTNESS AND CONTRAST TO LESSEN GLARE AND START TO BRING OUT SOME DETAIL
STEP 5. USE THE GAUSSIAN BLUR TOOL TO ELIMINATE THE NOISE DOTS FROM THE IMAGE
This step is not nessasary as this tool is only used to lesson halftone dots from a printed
that is scanned into a computer.
STEP 6. SOMETIMES NOT ALWAYS I WILL USE THE CURVES TOOL THIS FURTHER ENHANCES THE BLACK
AND WHITE AREAS OF THE IMAGE SEPERATLY
Why are we enhancing black and white areas? The image itself has just been enhanced?
This is now becoming manipulation to the original image?
STEP 7. AT THIS STAGE I WILL USE THE BURN TOOL IN A SWEEPING MOTION BACK AND FORTH ACROSS
THE IMAGE LIGHTLY TO ENHANCE DARK AREAS OF THE IMAGE WITHOUT DARKENING THE WHOLE IMAGE THIS TOOL ONLY DARKENS EXISTING DARK
SPOTS IT DOES NOT CREATE THEM AS WOULD THE PAINT BRUSH TOOL
Once again you are using a different tool? This is not brightning and contrasting. You
are drawing on the image by just enhancing only certain sections. As mentioned about my use with the lasso tool.
STEP 8. AT THIS POINT I USE THE DODGE TOOL IT SERVES THE SAME PURPOUSE AS THE BURN TOOL
AND I USE IT THE SAME WAY ONLY IT WORKS ON THE LIGHT AREAS AS APPOSED TO THE DARK Same
comment as step 7.
STEP 9. NOW I USE THE SMART SHARPEN FEATURE THIS IS BASICALY SELF EXPLANITORY IT SHARPENS
THE IMAGE Why would you not just sharpen the original desaturated image to bring the
face forward? By sharpening only the areas you have worked in you are adding definition in these section such as
the hair, which is not in the original?
STEP 10. HERE I USE THE SELECT TOOL TO SELECT THE IMAGE THAT I WANT TO SAVE AND
DISCARD THE USELESS PORTION OF THE PHOTO That's fine? But generally, all photo's should be
kept at full size, so that viewers can ascertain if something around the area made the image or caused the projection?
STEP 11. THIS IS THE SIZE AND SHAPE OF THE IMAGE I WILL SAVE
STEP 12. IF NEED BE I WILL SHARPEN THE IMAGE A SECOND TIME This
only adds more definition to the already highlighted/defined areas?
STEP 13. AT THIS POINT THE IMAGE ENHANCEMENT IS COMPLETE SO I WILL SAVE IT AS A JPG FOR
HERE IS THE FINISHED IMAGE THAT WOULD BE POSTED TO THE WEB
PLEASE TAKE NOTE THAT
AT NO TIME DURING THIS PROCESS DID I CHANGE, ADD OR SUBTRACT ANY FEATURES FROM THE IMAGE AT ALL !
Actually from step 4 down is changing the image. You have in your own words "added contrast
and brightness to the areas that needed them"? I see no areas in this photo that needed what you were talking about
from viewing the black and white or original coloured photograph.