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Summary

We covered a lot of territory in this chapter, which included an introduction to a few new tools, such as the Shadow/Highlight command and the Color Replacement tool. We also covered useful ways to make the best of older features such as Adjustment Layers, the Healing Brush tool, the Clone Stamp tool, and the Cropping tool. You've learned how to take a poor image and make it great through cropping, color correction, and by using various image correction techniques to remove flaws. You've also seen examples of how useful creativity and humor can be in image retouching and correction.

As always, it is my hope that the information here will be useful material to apply to your own projects at home or work. Try to think outside the box. Imagine how many of these photo-retouching tricks and techniques can be applied to areas that are beyond the scope of the way they were used in this chapter. For example, remember the method used to paint a mild blur onto the skin (to simulate a youthful appearance)? You could use a similar method to control a blurred background (to simulate depth of field) or to remove beard stubble from a man's face that shows signs of a five o'clock shadow. And most important, don't be afraid to experiment; experimentation is the key to how many of these tricks and techniques are born.


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