Solution

Create a new layer on top of your image layer. Fill the new layer by selecting Edit > Fill. In the dialog box that appears, select 50% Gray from the first drop-down menu, and set the Opacity to 100%. Set the blend mode of this layer to Overlay by selecting it from the drop-down menu at the top of the Layers palette, as shown at right.

Setting the gray layer to Overlay mode

Now select the Burn Tool (0), as shown at right.

Choose a soft-edged brush from the Options palette, and use it to paint over the areas that you want to darken (make sure you're painting on the filled gray layer, not the image layer itself). You may need to adjust the diameter of your brush to suit your requirements. I've set the diameter of my brush to 90px—this provides me with a stroke that's big enough to cover large areas, but still gives me enough control to avoid painting over Lassie too much. We can see the final result below: a subtle but notable difference.

Selecting the Burn Tool

Original photo Burn Tool applied

Burn Tool results

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