Let's say it all together now...
This picture is muy feo!
Oh, you didn't know I spoke Spanish?
I'm sorry Susan...but it's true.
You are not living up to your potential.
May I recommend a little beauty shop down on the corner called
La Tienda de Fotografia?
They work wonders.
1. cropped the picture into oblivion.
2. Brightened by using a Level adjustment layer.
3. Desaturated using Hue/Saturation adjustment layer...I think I added a B/W gradient map and set it to soft light but one can not be sure of this. My memory is failing me.
4. Applied a Kim Klausen texture called "break free" and set it to overlay and decreased the opacity to taste.
5. Flattened image.
6. But I was not happy.
7. I did not feel satisfied.
8. Therefore I added another layer of the same texture and set it to "lighten" and decreased the opacity to taste. I used a layer mask and painted off some of the texture.
9. I then made a duplicate copy of my flattened image from step 5 and put it on top of this second texture. I set the blending mode to normal and reduced opacity to taste.
10. I then flattened the image and sang the hallelujah chorus.
There is no rhyme or reason as to why I do what I do. I had 15 minutes to play with "Susan" and I just went with it.
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