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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
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Adjusting skin tone


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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos

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Whether you're shooting in a controlled lighting environment in a studio, or in more casual environment, it can be difficult to get the skin tones in your subjects just right in your photographs. That's okay, because you can tweak skin tone in post processing, and the Expert edit workspace has a feature that will help you with that, the Adjust Color for Skin Tone feature. This feature works directly on the photo. So I'm going to duplicate this photo before I get started. I'll go over to the Layers panel, I'll right-click on the Background layer that contains the photo, and I'll choose Duplicate Layer.
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  1. 6m 14s
    1. Welcome
      1m 10s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 30s
    3. Overview of the editing workspaces
      3m 34s
  2. 43m 14s
    1. Touring the interface
      4m 21s
    2. Making the most of the tools in Elements
      4m 6s
    3. Arranging the panels
      4m 32s
    4. Zooming and panning
      4m 3s
    5. Viewing multiple photos
      3m 51s
    6. Undoing
      5m 15s
    7. Cropping
      3m 46s
    8. Resizing
      7m 18s
    9. Saving images and examining formats
      6m 2s
  3. 19m 23s
    1. Understanding layers
      7m 59s
    2. Managing layers in the Layers panel
      4m 33s
    3. Creating new layers
      6m 51s
  4. 38m 28s
    1. Why use selections?
      4m 20s
    2. Selecting with the marquee tools
      3m 56s
    3. Selecting with the lasso tools
      6m 40s
    4. Selecting by color and tone
      6m 22s
    5. Refining a selection
      4m 51s
    6. Selecting hair
      5m 42s
    7. Hiding content with a layer mask
      6m 37s
  5. 46m 54s
    1. Why use adjustment layers?
      5m 15s
    2. Adjusting color with a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      4m 32s
    3. Correcting lighting with a Levels adjustment layer
      3m 32s
    4. Adjusting part of an image with an adjustment layer
      5m 19s
    5. Exploring auto adjustments
      3m 55s
    6. Improving shadows and highlights
      2m 14s
    7. Removing a color cast
      1m 47s
    8. Fine-tuning with Color Curves
      3m 16s
    9. Converting to black and white
      2m 26s
    10. Correcting camera distortion
      5m 32s
    11. Reducing noise
      2m 56s
    12. Sharpening
      6m 10s
  6. 20m 51s
    1. Creating a panorama
      5m 6s
    2. Merging bracketed exposures
      6m 0s
    3. Removing people from a scene
      5m 25s
    4. Combining group shots
      4m 20s
  7. 29m 24s
    1. Removing blemishes
      3m 42s
    2. Reducing wrinkles and circles
      4m 16s
    3. Enhancing eyes
      5m 19s
    4. Removing red-eye
      3m 15s
    5. Adjusting skin tone
      2m 21s
    6. Removing dust spots
      4m 7s
    7. Removing content
      6m 24s
  8. 52m 36s
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      5m 18s
    2. Using the latest Camera Raw controls
      3m 16s
    3. Camera Raw basics
      6m 22s
    4. Making use of the histogram
      3m 45s
    5. Setting white balance
      3m 44s
    6. Adjusting lighting
      4m 28s
    7. Adjusting color saturation
      2m 9s
    8. Cropping and straightening
      3m 58s
    9. Reducing noise
      3m 33s
    10. Sharpening
      3m 38s
    11. Synchronizing edits to multiple photos
      3m 36s
    12. Outputting from Camera Raw
      6m 14s
    13. Using Camera Raw with JPEGs
      2m 35s
  9. 48s
    1. Next steps
      48s

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Photoshop Elements 11 Essentials: 02 Editing and Retouching Photos
4h 17m Beginner Nov 07, 2012

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Go beyond the automatic editing features in Adobe Photoshop Elements and find out how to make sophisticated edits using the Expert Edit mode. In this course, author, teacher, and photographer Jan Kabili explores the core features of the Expert Edit mode, from making exposure adjustments, retouching, and compositing images, to adding text. The course also takes a close look at adjusting photos with Adobe Camera Raw, included with Elements 11.

Topics include:
  • Arranging the panels and interface
  • Cropping and resizing photos
  • Creating new layers
  • Refining selections
  • Hiding content with a layer mask
  • Using adjustment layers
  • Correcting color, lighting, and contrast
  • Converting a color photo to black and white
  • Creating a panorama from multiple photos
  • Retouching blemishes and wrinkles
  • Making adjustments in Camera Raw
Subjects:
Photography Retouching
Software:
Photoshop Elements Elements
Author:
Jan Kabili

Adjusting skin tone

Whether you're shooting in a controlled lighting environment in a studio, or in more casual environment, it can be difficult to get the skin tones in your subjects just right in your photographs. That's okay, because you can tweak skin tone in post processing, and the Expert edit workspace has a feature that will help you with that, the Adjust Color for Skin Tone feature. This feature works directly on the photo. So I'm going to duplicate this photo before I get started. I'll go over to the Layers panel, I'll right-click on the Background layer that contains the photo, and I'll choose Duplicate Layer.

I'll click OK and then I'm going to work on the Background copy layer. I'll go up to the Enhance menu at the top of the screen and down to Adjust Color > Adjust Color for Skin Tone. That opens the Adjust Color for Skin Tone dialog with some simple instructions about how to use the feature. Basically it says to come into the image and click on the subject's skin, and the place where you click determines the initial adjustment to the skin tone. If you like the result, you can just click OK and you're done, or you can tweak the result. For example, I might come in here and drag the Tan slider over to the left and add a little Blush color to her skin by moving that slider over to the right.

There is also an Ambient Light Temperature slider, which affects the whole image. So if I drag that to the right, everything turns very gold. If I drag to the left, everything turns very blue. I'll go somewhere just about there. My goal is to get a natural looking tone to her skin. To compare a before and after view, I'll go to the Preview field and uncheck Preview. So that's where I started, and now you can see that her skin started very warm, and that's where I ended up. I'm satisfied with that result, so I'll click OK. Now because I made those changes on a new layer, I can make that change less strong overall by going up to the Opacity field at the top of the Layers panel and dragging to the left.

I could also add a layer mask to the layer that I tweaked by going up to the top of the Layers panel and clicking the Create Layer Mask icon, and then I'll get the Brush Tool, I'll go down to the options bar, and I'm going to lower the opacity of the brush, and I'll move into the image and I might paint back some of the original photo. So, I might paint over her eyebrows, I might paint her lips to bring back some of that original color, and I could even add a streak or two in her hair. So that's how quick and easy it is to just skin tones, here in the Expert edit workspace.

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