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Here is a noob way to edit your picture on photoshop. All you need is a picture and patience. Don't be afraid to test the effects and tools... that's how you learn! And remember, a wise man once said "there is no such thing as a mistake, just happy accidents"!
 
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Step 1:

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First open the picture in photoshop.
*This is a photo of my friend during our mini photoshoot a few years ago.*

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Double click on the background layer and then click okay. This allows us to work straight off of the picture.

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Crop the image using the crop tool.

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Ged rid of unwanted objects by using the clone tool.
While holding option, click near the surrounding of the object you want to get rid of. Then go over the object. 

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Now, play around with the image options and tools till you get what you want!

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Step 9: TA-DAH!

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Don't forget to sign your name in the picture! Enjoy and Share.
can you explain a little more about what you did to get the exposure more balanced?