The lady who commissioned this piece requested that it also be turned into a medallion to represent her women’s group on their merchandise and advertising– going from a photo of an area ~3″ in diameter to a high-res image able to be printed at ~15″ in diameter. Photoshop to the rescue!
So here is an uncorrected photo of the section. Our Lady’s face is about 1″ high.
Here is the only part which is real Photoshop “magic”– auto contrast and auto tone. It already looks a million times better!
Next I made the image a lot bigger (5000 x 5000 pixels), with a resolution of 300 dpi. Since I just blew it way up, it was pretty grainy and fuzzy when viewed at 100%. So I added a new layer and began painting over it. Here is the result about 4 hours later… it still has some texture from the paper but it looks much cleaner and more vibrant!
You can also see the flag on the boat is now the Neapolitan flag 🙂