After cropping I used Sagelight’s median filter to blur and blend the background. Then the clone tool to adjust placement of some of the lights and darks. Then a plug-in filter, super smooth, brought the background to where I wanted it. For the girl, just a bit of enhancing on the detail before adding a soft focus – seems odd perhaps but I find that enhancing the detail before softening the focus means I don’t lose more detail than I want to. I went into Paint to fix some of the colour aberrations that I found distracting.
This is the original image.
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