Let’s get started!
1) Open your image with photoshop. I’ll be using this stock image from GlamourousAcid-Stock.
2) Duplicate the background 2 times by pressing CTRL+J (twice). Doing this helps make sure that if you mess up or decide to do something different you don’t have to start all over and you can edit nicely later.
3) Go to Filter > Sharpen > Smart Sharpen. Your settings depend on the size of the image. These are my settings: < image > Press OK after you’re done.
4) On your layers panel (on the right side) there should be your Adjustments. Click on Curves. We’re going to lighten the image a bit without going overboard. (If you do not see your adjustments, then go to Window > Adjustments then open curves.) Output: 150. Input: 120.
7) Make another curves layer. This time we’re going to darken the tones just a tad because it seems so light to me. So either copy my curves layer or don’t, it’s up to you but here is what it looks like:
First dot: Output: 79 | Input: 64
Sec. dot: Output: 169 | Input: 186
First dot: Output: 91 | Input: 95
Sec. dot: Output: 178 | Input: 190
First dot: Output: 84 | Input: 74
Sec. dot: Output: 181 | Input: 193