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The easiest way to achieve rich skin tones in Photoshop!

The post The easiest way to achieve rich skin tones in Photoshop! first appeared on Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

In this video from PiXimperfect you will learn the easiest way to achieve rich and beautiful skin tones in Photoshop.

(youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rpPZyyNDozQ)

This tutorial uses advanced Photoshop masking tools to target only the skin tones in the image. After selecting the skin tones, adjustment layers are used to add color to it.

The easiest way to achieve rich skin tones in Photoshop:

  1. Open your image in Photoshop.
  2. To start with your skin selection, go to Menu-> Select-> Color Range.
  3. To select the skin correctly, you must select "Sample Colors" (not "Skin Tones" because this function does not accurately record skin tones).
  4. First reduce the Fuzziness value to about 15 and then select the first pipette tool. Click with the pipette on a part of the skin in your image. Make sure you highlight Selection in the Color Range window to see what your selection is.
  5. Now select the second pipette with the + symbol to expand the selection of the skin range. To do this, click and drag your pipette over all skin tones until you have selected them all. Ensure that no area is omitted.
  6. You don't want to keep the selection sharp, so go to the Fuzziness slider and change it to about 55, and then click OK.
  7. Now that you have a selection of your skin tones or colors that are similar to your skin tones, click the Adjustment Layer icon in the layer palette. Choose "Solid color". This opens the color palette window. In the RGB section, enter the following numbers – R: 255, G: 46, B: 1, and click OK.
  8. Change the blend mode in your layer palette from "Normal" to "Linear Light". Instead of lowering the layer coverage, reduce the "Fill" to around 5-10%.
  9. View your image and see if certain areas have become too hard with the blending. In that case, choose your mask and then select the Brush tool and paint those areas (with your brush color set to White) to soften the transition. You can reduce your brush flow if you want.

That is it!

Do you have any other tips that you want to share with us? Do this in the comments section!

You may also find the following useful:

Basic Skin Smoothing in Photoshop

Insight into masking in Photoshop

Blend into adjustments using layer mask in Photoshop

How to use the Clone Stamp tool in Photoshop to create clear skin

How to correct skin spots using the Patch tool in Photoshop

Replace colors in your images with Photoshop

Improve colors with the Photoshop color gamut

The post The easiest way to achieve rich skin tones in Photoshop! first appeared on Digital Photography School. It is written by Caz Nowaczyk.

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