Thank you all for your help in learning how to improve my post-processing. When I started with PSE9 a few months ago, I was a complete hack. Come to think about it, I was still a complete hack last week. My first attempts included using the block eraser to cut the model out of the background and then throw a gradient behind her.
Through the amazing encouragement and examples from everyone, I've been able to put away the hack banner and now I'm learning to see finer details that really make a difference. The step-by-step corrections are super helps to noobs like me.
This young lady who I was shooting for the school play contacted me this weekend and asked how much I charge for photo shoots. I have many of you to thank for her liking her photos so well.
I'll try a few more treatments and see if I can fix up the eyes.
And, everyone else is welcome to continue playing along, too. The picture remains available on flickr.
Thanks!!! I've learned a bunch.