OK... now on to the fun part. hey this image didn't need much, and the whole post processing took me less than 10 minutes. First, let's look at levels. Give photoshop's autolevels a try, it sometimes gives quite a good result. Use the following sequence: layer>new adjustment layer>levels>auto and take a look. You can then do a comparison manual levels adjustment and see if you can do it better yourself if you like. I will often do this, and then click the eyeballs off/on to see which version of levels I like better. the reason to work in adjustment layers is that we can also learn to use *layer masks* within our adjustment layers. The layer mask is that square on the right of your pic icon in the layers palette. the layer mask is simple. It's an "undo" for what's going on in that layer. How do you use it? Simple: grab a soft edged brush, make sure black is the foreground color, and simply brush over the areas you don't want the layer's effect to apply to. This is a hard concept to grasp, but if you practice it you'll get the hang of it in no time. Keep in mind that you can go full strength on the brush (undoing 100% of the effect) or you can lower the opacity of the brush by x% and you'll be undoing by that %age....again, just practice it.
If you mess up on your layer mask, you can discard it (right click on it) and start an new mask (circle in square at bottom of layers palette) and just start over!
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