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Skin Color Correction

Photoshop Lesson by Karsten Franke

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In a perfect portrait the skin of the model should be as immaculate as itself. But irregularities aren't avoidable. Our Photoshop-expert Karsten Franke shows you how to compensate these reddenings and make the colours of the skin more equally.

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Tutorial (in written words): Skin Color Correction

Skin tones... especially from the face... are very different. Some areas might be more red... some of them more yellow. These areas can be evened out very easily. Make a selection of the face... yes i think you already have choosen a picture... and it's skin areas. The eyes and themouth are included... this will be corrected later. But let's start quickly. Click... "Create a new fill or adjustment layer" at the bottom of your layers panel. Select... "Hue/Saturation"... in the Edit list of the H/S window... select "Yellows"... move the "Hue" controller to the left... to red... in our video to about -28. The picture looks to red at the moment, but evens out the different face tones... so that's it. No, just a joke... okay... The next step is to select "Reds" in your Edit list... than use your "Hue" controller and move it to the right... to yellow... in the video to +7... Press the "OK" button and close the "Hue/Saturation" window. You can check the difference by making the adjustment layer visible or invisible... yeah the lips and eyes are affected, too... that will be corrected now... right now... you know now... Enlarge the picture... it is better to see what you are doing... Okay boys and girls... still with me?... okay... let's start to mask the areas we don't want to be affected... yes the lips and the eyes... Alrighty... first press the "D" key for setting the fore- and background color to their default setting... then use the "X" key to switch the f/b color... black in the front... white in the back... or use the symbols... but hey... we are pros... skip... Take the brush... use the right size... no Godzilla size brush... for a small face... the bigger the better doesn't count here guys... Use a low hardness setting for the brush... in the video about 23%... Then apply the brush to the areas you don't want to be affected... After that you can check your mask by clicking on the mask using the "Alt" key... The selection at the beginning might have created a boundary around the face... If this is the case you can soften the mask by using "Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur" ... then select a Radius... in the video 2,8 pixels... Press "OK"... and we are done... classic correction... works great... Thanks to Karsten Franke... Best regards Sebastian

i never tried this way to

i never tried this way to adjust face-tones but i will give it a try next time i have to do it! TY

Skin color correction

Sometimes simple things you can achieve great results. Of course there are other possibilities getting the same results with Photoshop, but this easy to apply. Thank you!