PhotoshopCS2 Fixing Tonal Ranges

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Photo Information
Copyright: martina perhat (bettyallblue) Silver Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor [C: 40 W: 10 N: 3] (548)
Genre: People
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2005-11-06
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: David Phillips (riverfriends) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 931 W: 224 N: 1918] (7597)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2007-02-24 17:44:28
Categories: Portrait
Exposure: 4.5, 1/100 seconds
Workshop Note
Fixing Tonal ranges and hot-spots:

The original image is very lovely, but on my laptop it may appear a little too bright.
Some times that takes away the natural skin tones.
To fix that with a quick method (and there are several, some are more complex), I opened the image in Photoshop,
Increased the saturation by +4 by going to Saturation options (I did that because I know that some of the color pixel may be washed out in the process)
I went to 'Curvesí (ctrl+M in PC) and decreased just a little bit. ( I did that because it works with all channels R+G+B together)
I saw the image, and decided now I just want a bit more contrast - So I went to 'Brightness/ Contrast, and leaving the contrast as it is, I reduced the Brightness by some -5 (or until I am satisfied)
This automatically gave me the contrast without making it look too bright.
The last thing that I want to do is to try and create a small amount of 'Texture' in the skin tones.
I went to File Menu and in Image Mode; I clicked on 'Lab Color'
Now I went to the layer itself, and clicked on Channel Tab. There I selected 'Lightness' channel, and it made my color image look gray on the screen.
In Filters, I opened the Sharpen, and then Unsharpen Mark, and increased the sharpness like up 35% or so with Radius as 1.0
I went back to Image mode and selected RGB, and saved and posted here.
It is very easy, but I think works :)
Thanks
David
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