first thing to do is to save your reference photo under the
appropriate file name. If you save it as a '.tiff' file type, you
can maintain the layers with no loss of color or detail. Next, isolate your subject. Here we have
cropped out his companion and the bulk of the background in
preparation of restoring the photo to a usable condition.
duplicated the layer, and began by increasing the contrast in
spots to pick out the details. We also lightened the overall photo
as the shadows hid many of the details as well. Since we were
working on a copy, we aren't too concerned about going too far.
Using the Lasso Tool & Erasure, we cut away the background
completely. Create a new layer, and draw over the top of the photo
using the Brush Tool set at 3px, Hardness 0%. Draw as much detail
as you feel comfortable with.
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