Steps: 1. Cropped ever so slightly 2. Apply Gaussian Blur to background. 3. Ran Florabella's Ambrosia action then reduced opacity to 50% and turned off the "light" layers. 4. Ran Florabella's Sweet Sunshine and reduced to 20% 5. Ran Florabella's Highlight Protection. 6. Slight levels adjustment to boost contrast. 7. Slight Hue/Saturation adjustment to lighten Reds. 8. Sharpen. Voila!
If you ever create a gradient that contains banding (the visible lines in a gradient when transitioning from one color or tone to another), add a very small amount of noise (Filter > Noise > Add noise) and bur (Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur) to the gradient to break up the banding and give you a smoother blend.
Gaussian Blur Tutorial/ Falcon & Branch — Costa Rica, 2001 Photographed with a Canon EOS D30 and 100~400mm f/5.6L lens @ 400mm1/500 sec @ f/8 — ISO 400 This photograph was taken on a February 2001 trip to therainforestof Costa Rica. It was shot from a small boat on the Rio Aquinas. While I quite like it, after [Read More]