This Fix-it Friday photo was submitted by Michelle Johnson, an IHF contributor. What a beautiful little girl! Here is her before:
And here is my edit (image is clickable to see it larger):
I wanted to try a clean edit adding just a little punch to the overall contrast, making the image look sun-kissed, and making her eyes sparkle.
My workflow, using Photoshop CS4:
~levels adjustment to brighten image and add contrast
~noiseware at low opacity, then used art history brush to paint freckles back in
~curves adjustment layer set to screen, masked, set to 30% opacity, brushed at 20% opacity over eyes to make them sparkle
~hue/saturation adjustment layer to brighten light tones and reduce yellow, masked, set to 30% opacity, painted over teeth to make them a bit whiter
~yellow fill layer at 25% to add a touch of sun haze
~high pass layer to sharpen (the size reduction to fit on the blog made it look a bit sharper than the original)
Thanks for looking!