Thanx all. Glad you like it.
Here‚Äôs the technical side of the image:
Slightly over expose the image in the camera, in this case +7/10 of a stop. 125 @ f/11.
Load the raw image into Photoshop CS
Use a Levels layer to increase the tonal rage (move the left and right sliders to touch the ends of the image‚Äôs histogram).
Use the Healing Brush to remove a few minor blemishes.
Run Fred Miranda‚Äôs BW Workflow Pro
with Orange Filter and Neutral Quadtone.
Run Feivel‚Äôs Gothic Glow action
(it produces a new image, not a just a new layer)
Copy the new image as a layer on top of the original image
Duplicate the background layer and put it on top of the Glow layer
Apply high pass sharpening to the top layer to sharpen and add contrast to the eyes, nose, and lips.
Add a layer mask to the top layer to hide everything but the eyes, nose, and lips.
Set the Opacity on the various layers to taste
Merge the layers
Use Fred Miranda‚Äôs Web Presenter
to reduce the size of the image
Save as JPG
Here‚Äôs the non-technical side of the image:
Sign up for Supershoots
Let JT find gorgeous models
Let JT select fabulous hair and make up artists
Let JT setup up the lighting configuration
Point and shoot.
Smile and take all of the credit <g>