has anyone tried selectively sharpening also? I have a feeling that the sharpening on the face is slightly different from the sharpening being applied to the background.
I haven't tried the draganizing effect but to get a more punchy texturized look on faces I usually create a duplicate layer and sharpen it to my taste, and then erase the background on the duplicate.
I find that utilizing the same kind of sharpening on the full image tends to flatten it out abit and create strange looks on objects when the sharpening is optimized for the skin.
btw you might want to avoid the burn/dodge tool
You can get better control using curve layer masks. the burn dodge tool tends to create a neutral grey cast.
from talking to retouchers in new york they always recommend the curve layer mask and avoid the burn/dodge tool