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Part: V Ambitious Image Editing > Color Balancing and Adjustment Layers: Creati...

Chapter 16. Color Balancing and Adjustment Layers: Creating a Cover Girl Image from an Average Picture

In this chapter, you'll learn

  • How to assess an image for lighting and composition flaws

  • How to edit unnecessary clutter from the image background

  • How to use blending modes and gradients to add background interest

  • How to use the Clone Stamp tool to edit eye highlights

  • How to eliminate harsh shadows and blemishes

  • How to eliminate bright, distracting colors

  • How to touch up details and eliminate dust, scratches, and minor image flaws

  • How to adjust image focus

  • How to size and lay out an image with text for a magazine cover

When my friend Monica looked at the CoverGirlStart.tif image (on the companion CD and in Figure 16.1), she exclaimed, “How beautiful! She looks like a golden angel. And look, the light at her left—it could be her aura.” Monica, bless her soul, is an expert and teacher in shakra and vital forces. “But,” I just had to point out, “did you see those finger spots on the left panel side? They're really ugly, aren't they?” “I don't see it like that,” she answered. “It seems to me it's something like heavenly light bubbles.”


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