Project 5

Character Portrait

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It is often possible to unleash the hidden potential of an image without going to the hassle of making fiddly selections. This project demonstrates how the tonality of an image can be enriched using duplicated layers, blend modes and a couple of filters to shape and sharpen. Dust off your trophy shelf - I feel an award coming on!

The beauty of these techniques is that we can let Photoshop Elements do all of the hard work and extract an image that has all of the hallmarks of a professionally lit studio-quality portrait from an image illuminated with nothing more than ambient light. The secret to success, if you plan ...

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