Recently, I was asked to give an overview of my favourite imaging processing software at the viewfinders club. This is Capture One Pro. For this I gave a small demonstration of the speed and ease that images can be stored, sorted and adjusted. That sequence seemed quite popular (maybe because of the model! smiley) – it is:

Original image from camera. Not bad, but too much messy background.
Cropped a bit. Background still too messy for my taste, so …
Darken everything ….
Then use a large, soft brush to make a mask to bring up the subject… Not bad!
Make a variant of that in B&W – because I said so! smiley
Still just a little more trimming… Can’t quite get rid of that can top in the lower right… smiley
… So use a “healing” mask to brush it away. (I used the face from the other part of the place-mat to cover up the can top, though it’s almost invisible). Et voilĂ ! smileysmileysmiley

(In real time, it took less than 3 minutes to get to a really presentable print. Capture One Pro rules!)