VII. Final Enhancements: Tweak and retouch.
The newly created frame has a strong presence on it own. I found it
too bold with the artwork. It was toned down for the final version to
retain the focus on the artwork.
I decided to use the Layers Opacity setting to control the presence of
the frame element. I set the Opacity for all the parts to 75%.
................The picture with a softer
The Burn Tool: Retouching.
The Burn Tool is part of a powerful triad (Burn, Dodge, and Sponge) in the
Toning Tool set. They are all very intuitive for photographers familiar
with darkroom work.
The Sponge takes the concept of printing with polycontrast filters to a
new level. The sponge allows you to locally alter the contrast grade
using the dodge & burn technique.
For the non-photographer among you, just try it. It works wonders. For
the retouching, use the Burn Tool with the settings suggested in
the samples shown below.
...Toning Tool Options.......Burn Tool
...Brush Size Selections
The framed picture above was already retouched. The sample below shows the
the original flat lighting (lack of dimension) problem.
- Activate the Right Bevel layer.
- Burn the corner area with burn set at 50%.
- The red marks in the center sample shows the burn locations.