I was playing with a tutorial shared on a fellow LJ'er's journal, producing one of her fabulous Spike images, and I struggled a bit with the Curves Layers. I've really only lightly touched on the Curves Layer, using it mostly on it's preset settings of Auto or Lighten. Following another's workflow brought home to me how versatile and powerful a tool, the Curves Layer is. I thought it time to learn more and low and behold I find this Adjustment Layer is the most wondrous tool for changing the color, the light, the shading, the tonal quality of our work. Plus you can add some awesome effects all depending on where you push the sliders and points.
Here I've taken another favourite picture of James Marsters as Spike. It's from a photo shoot. The scan is not too bad though there is some pixel damage if you look closely, as well as James' human skin blemishes showing up quite a bit. This is not too worrying though because I like to smooth my vampire's skin out quite a lot. The coloring is all too human though and a little orangy.