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Hi Mike

As I said in my critique I only wanted to remove some unnecessary thorns, but then I got slightly carried away and did a number of other alterations as well. I hope you don't mind me playing with your photo and that you would approve of the optimisation done.

Post Processing done:
1. Cloned out some thorns deemed surplus.
2. Selected all the dark areas (eye, wing, lower mandible, and the dark branch directly below the bird) with the "Magic Wand" tool.
3. Applied "Shadow/Highlight" and adjusted the following settings.
-- Shadows:
-- Amount = 50%
-- Tonal width = 50%
-- Radius = 30px
-- Highlights:
-- Amount = 0%
-- Tonal width = 50%
-- Radius = 30px
-- Adjustments:
-- Colour correction = +20
-- Midtone contrast = 0
4. Deselected all.
5. Decreased "Midtones" brightness with "Variations" at 25%.
6. Selected the BG only using the "Magic Wand" tool.
7. Inverted the selection.
8. Applied "USM" at 167% amount, 0.3 radius, and 0.0 threshold.
9. Deselected all and chose "Save for Web".
10. Adjusted the "Quality" upwards from the original downloaded size of 76kB to the maximum PhotoShop would allow at 155kB.

Thanks for allowing workshops to be posted.

Best regards
Loot

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