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Next, we want to bring out some of her facial features, because the bottom of the image is so much darker, with so much more contrast than the top, in her face. We'll take care of the overall bits here in a while, but right now I just want to bring out some of her facial features. So let's zoom in on her face. And there are a couple of ways to do this. You can either stick with one method or you can do both; it's just very quick. The first is to make a new fill or adjustment layer. Again, let's go to Curves and bring our histogram down toward the lower right.
Invert our curves mask--Ctrl+I or Command+I--have our Brush tool, and adjust using your open and close bracket keys, and just draw on what you can see of her facial features: her nose, her eyes, her mouth. I want to darken her hair some. Adjust your brush as you go. You might need to go over--in fact, almost certainly will go over--this a couple of times.
It's a good idea to bring your Opacity down low in your layers and not do everything just in one big sweep. It's just more natural. So you don't have to be hugely detailed in this go round. Let's just get some of the contrast back. When you're done, go up to Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur. Keep it kind of low two, two and a half, just to blur the edges a bit, and then take your Opacity.
Like I said, you want it pretty far down. You want it to be a natural thing. Just darken it a little. I have down at 25%, and then you can do a few layers, one on top of the other. Now we'll go over our next method to darken some of the areas. Create a new layer. Change your Layer Blend mode to Soft Light. Make sure black is your foreground color of your brush tool. I'm going to adjust the size again using my open bracket key.
In your second sweep you might want to be a little more detailed, get some of these areas here. Now we'll go over to her ear, get a little bit right here. You get the idea. Go over her hair again. Adjust your brush. And when you're through, again go to Filter. You can use your last setting if you like on this one, Gaussian Blur, and again, bring your Opacity down and just layer in small subtle steps in low opacity.
And then when you're through, you'll have a little bit darker, still quite light, but it's darkening step by step. Next, we'll even out the tone of the whole image.
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