So I got some EXCELLENT feedback from my first post and so I sat down to tackle the image again with that in mind.
Unfortunately I had only saved a jpg image so couldn’t remove the canvas texture so it stayed.
I added in a brightness/ contrast layer, and increased both and then masked the background back to the duller background layer
Then I duplicated the layer, bought brightness and contrast down to dull the background even more and masked in the bright tiger
Added a vibrance layer and just gave the orange tonings of the tiger a bit more oomph!
I’m much happier with this version, it doesn’t have that flat horrible look that the first one did (or much less so I think)
The tiger really pops from the background and has regained his presence and energy and a bit of eye brightness.
Could have gone a step further to try and blur the background but my selection skills suck and with all the fur and whiskers it was complicated, so this is where I decided to stop.
THANKYOU to everyone who said they didn’t like it and why, love to hear what you think of this version, if there is an improvement, ya’ll responsible for that 🙂