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  1. It's just me, but I would probably make a duplicate layer of the original image. Then I would sharpen that image using live filters (first "clarity", then "high pass") and fiddle with the adjustments until I got the best results I could. Next step, create a mask for the top layer. Make sure the mask is selected and press <CTRL>+I to invert the mask. This will make the duplicate layer invisible. Then I would grab a soft brush and, painting on the mask with white, I would paint on the faces that I wanted to sharpen. Remember to use a soft brush and reduce the flow to around 30 (or less). Paint only the areas you want to reveal ("White reveals, black conceals"). If you reveal too much, swap over to black and paint on the mask in the areas that you don't want seen.
  2. I'm designing a watermark, and part of the process I used in another program involved creating a white drop shadow on one side of the image and a black drop shadow on the opposite side (usually at 135 degrees for the white and 315 for the black). No problems here creating the black drop shadow, but the white shadow does not work at all.