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This image is provided compliments of Sarah King with Capturing Fireflies Photography.
Out of camera, this image was obviously underexposed. Normally, I would have increased the exposure and fill light in Lightroom and warmed the temperature before taking the image in to Photoshop to edit. For this edit however, I made those changes in Photoshop with an Exposure adjustment layer and the action Turn Up the Heat.
0. Before increasing exposure, I duplicated the background layer and used the Spot Healing brush to remove blemishes. I also cloned out some stray hairs above her eye and the leaf out of the top of her head.
1. Using the Exposure adjustment layer, I increased the overall exposure, increased the Gamma Correction (fill light) and decreased the Offset to add a bit more contrast.
2. Turn up the Heat 12%
3. Glisten, painted in over the iris of the eyes to brighten and sharpen the catchlights, avoided the whites of the eyes.
4. Flawless Face, painted with a 50% opacity soft brush over the skin to smooth and a bit over the leaves in the background. Normally skin smoothing is done at the end, but this image was pretty much all about her face and skin, so moving straight to smoothing made sense.
5. Anti-Lobster Skin CS3 Version, masked over the parts of her skin that were too pink due to her makeup (chin, nose, forehead). The CS3 and above version of this action reduces the pink tones and brightens slightly. The CS2 version removes the pink without brightening. She could afford the brightening, so the CS3 version worked just fine.
6. Radiance 33% over entire image to slightly brighten and give a nice creamy airy feel.
The rest of the steps were definitely optional, but on images like this where it’s a closeup of a face and the eyes and skin are really what’s speaking, I usually opt to give the features a little more attention.
7. Gorgeous Green Eyes, masked in over the iris of the eyes with a 5% opacity brush to pop the color VERY slightly.
8. Rosy Lips and Cheeks, masked in with a 5% opacity brush on her lips and a tiny bit on the apples of the cheeks.
9. Brown Sugar Tone 80%, masked off the eyes, a bit of the hair and the shirt. It was mainly to tone the leaves and some of the hair. Toning makes a big difference in finishing an image.
10. Pearly Whites, painted over the teeth to whiten and brighten.
After: Final Edit