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Okay, I've been meaning to write these up for some time. These are the steps I usually take when I photo enhance and I almost always enhance my photos. This tutorial was written for PSE5, but I believe will work for PSE6 as well.
Here's are starting pic
Step 1. Unsharpen mask.
Go to Enhance > Unsharpen mask
Then I usually set my settings to the following 50, 5, and 0. Now some pictures you will need more and some less, but this is where I usually start with and use this setting for most of my pics.
Step 2. Curves
Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color Curves.
Curves is a little tricker in PSE than PS. You will need to click the advanced options to get all the options. You will probably want to drag the screen over so you can see your picture as the preview shows on the actual picture as you adjust. I usually adjust the top 2 sliders towards the right.
Step 3. Contrast
Go to Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Brightness/Contrast
I usually adjust my contrast up anywhere from 4 to 20. I leave the brightness as is.
Step 4. Levels
Go to Enhance > Adjust Lighting > Levels
Levels, really depends on the picture. I just slide the sliders around until I get it to look right. I usually pull the middle slider and far left slider to the right and sometimes the far right slider to the left.
Step 4. Color Balance
I don't adjust the color balance on every photo. Probably only about half the time do I mess with this, but if the colors seem off or don't match my other photos I will adjust them. I like the adjust color for skin tones options best in PSE.
Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust color for skin tones.
Click on skin and then adjust sliders.
Step 5. Burn tool
I usually use a soft brush and the burn tool on the lips and colored part of the eyes.
Here's my final pic. This wasn't the best photo for photo enhancing, but got tired of looking through my photos and just picked one.
Teresa does the order in which we do these techniques matter? Or will the end result be the same?[/b]
I have to agree with Rachel on this the order might change the end results, but you don't necessarily have to do them in that order. This is the order I usually adjust things in, but sometimes I skip some of the steps if it doesn't look right.