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An opacity setting of 20% is quite low, especially with hardness at less than 70%, so any effect might be too subtle for you to see easily. Try increasing the opacity to 80% or more to convince yourself that it’s working, and then reduce it to a level where you have the desired amount of fine control.

1 minute ago, RNKLN said:

It looks like the background layer is locked. Could it be that?

Locking a layer should only prevent you from transforming it, not painting on it.

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20 hours ago, gumbo23 said:

I managed to get it working, but it just makes it look like I have a skin condition. 

Is there a better way to light the right side of the image, or do I just need to get better at using dodge?

Try improving the lighting with curves or levels. Then invert the layer and paint with white to only have the effect where you need it. Use a soft brush with low flow.

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You can add an adjustment layer (like curves) and set the blend mode to Screen.  You do not need to do anything to the curve.  Invert the layer mask (just select the layer and CMD-I or CTRL-I) to hide the screen effect and then use a white rush with low flow and 100% opacity to gently brush in the screened layer.  You can also clone the catchlight from the right eye onto the left eye.




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