Colour painting, select contrast/sharp

Uncia uncia.
Photo Information
Copyright: Sebastien Lucas (Esox) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 239 W: 20 N: 344] (972)
Genre: Animals
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2004-11-30
Photo Version: Original Version, Workshop
Edited by: Adrian Warren (AdrianW) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 257 W: 185 N: 215] (710)
Edited Image Upload Date: 2004-12-01 20:57:06
Categories: Mammals
Camera: Nikon D70, Sigma 70-300mm F4-5.6 II APO Macro Super, Digital ISO 400, Cokin Skylight UV Neutral 58mm
Exposure: 5.6, 1/100 seconds
Details: Tripod: Yes
Workshop Note
Just a quick attempt to see whether the effect of the out of focus leaf could be removed from the top of the Leopard's head.

The leaf caused three effects, firstly a softening of detail, second a slight colour change, and finally a loss of contrast - so the challenge is to fix them!

Contrast was corrected using Lasso tool (feathered 5px), grab an area and then increase the contrast +5 and optionally reduce brightness a little, deselect. That process was repeated until the head had roughly the correct brightness all the way across. The reason I used a repeated grab/deselect was that otherwise you'll see a boundary where the process was repeated, if you grab a slightly different area each time then a boundary line is less likely to form.

NewLayerViaCopy, sharpened the new layer with USM to reduce the softness - then used a soft-edged eraser to knock out the areas we don't need sharpened.

Finally used eyedropper to grab an area of the correct colour, and used Airbrush in Color mode at 10% to paint the colour back to roughly the correct value.

I hope you like it :)
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