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Correcting skin tone

From: Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

Video: Correcting skin tone

It's sometimes difficult to reproduce skin tones accurately in a photograph. For example, although it's a good idea to shoot a portrait in the shade, so that you get a full range of tones in the faces, you might end up with a bluish skin tone as in this photo. When you are working in Elements Full Edit Workspace, the most direct way to correct a problem like this with skin tone is using the Adjust Color for Skin Tone command. Before I apply that command, I am going to make a copy of the photo layer, so that I am preserving my original photo. I will do that by right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking on the Background layer and choosing Duplicate layer, and clicking OK.

Correcting skin tone

It's sometimes difficult to reproduce skin tones accurately in a photograph. For example, although it's a good idea to shoot a portrait in the shade, so that you get a full range of tones in the faces, you might end up with a bluish skin tone as in this photo. When you are working in Elements Full Edit Workspace, the most direct way to correct a problem like this with skin tone is using the Adjust Color for Skin Tone command. Before I apply that command, I am going to make a copy of the photo layer, so that I am preserving my original photo. I will do that by right-clicking or Ctrl+Clicking on the Background layer and choosing Duplicate layer, and clicking OK.

With that Background Copy layer selected in the layers panel, I am going to go up to the Enhance menu, and go down to Adjust Color, and I am going to choose Adjust Color for Skin Tone. That opens this dialog box, which I will move over this way. What I love about working in Elements is that many of the dialog boxes tell you exactly what to do, and this one does just that. It tells you to Adjust Color for Skin Tones, just click on any person's skin. So I am going to click on the boy's face, and right away I see a change in the image.

If I go to the Preview area and uncheck, that's where I was a second ago, and that's where I am now. The skin tones have definitely been warmed up. I can tweak this result using these three sliders. If I think the result is too yellow, I could take the Skin slider and drag it over toward Tan. And if I think that the skin needs a little more blush, I can drag the Blush slider over to the right to add a rosy glow. Then there is the Ambient Light slider that affects the global lighting of the image.

To the left, adds more cooler blue, to the right, more warm golden tones. Over on the right there are a couple of buttons. The Cancel button will cancel out of this dialog box, leaving the image as it was originally, and the Reset button. The Reset button will put the three sliders back to their original positions so I can try again. But I am satisfied with this result, so I am going to click OK. If you tend to shoot lots of portraits, give this command a try to get your skin tones just the way you want them.

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Photoshop Elements 8 for Mac Essential Training

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  1. 2m 35s
    1. Welcome
      1m 18s
    2. Using the exercise files
      1m 17s
  2. 13m 0s
    1. Touring Elements
      7m 24s
    2. Starting from the Welcome screen
      5m 36s
  3. 16m 11s
    1. Importing photos from a camera
      8m 48s
    2. Dividing scanned photos
      3m 52s
    3. Capturing frames from video
      3m 31s
  4. 23m 13s
    1. Touring Bridge CS4
      7m 44s
    2. Opening files from Bridge into Elements
      5m 1s
    3. Rotating photos
      1m 17s
    4. Moving, deleting, and hiding photos
      4m 11s
    5. Renaming photos
      5m 0s
  5. 29m 16s
    1. Tagging photos with keywords
      6m 28s
    2. Rating and labeling photos
      5m 55s
    3. Sorting photos by filter
      6m 23s
    4. Finding photos
      4m 33s
    5. Organizing photos in Collections
      5m 57s
  6. 52m 52s
    1. Touring the Quick Fix workspace in the Editor
      8m 34s
    2. Applying Quick Fix lighting controls
      3m 33s
    3. Applying Quick Fix color controls
      6m 30s
    4. Applying Quick Fix sharpening
      3m 44s
    5. Using Quick Fix touchup tools
      7m 43s
    6. Fixing group shots in Guided Edit
      6m 25s
    7. Merging multiple exposures in Guided Edit
      7m 24s
    8. Applying the Scene Cleaner in Guided Edit
      6m 31s
    9. Running Automated Actions in Guided Edit
      2m 28s
  7. 30m 57s
    1. Touring the Full Edit workspace
      6m 5s
    2. Working with tabbed documents
      4m 28s
    3. Arranging panels
      4m 14s
    4. Using tools
      8m 15s
    5. Setting editing preferences
      3m 8s
    6. Adjusting color settings
      4m 47s
  8. 46m 0s
    1. Using Undo History
      6m 6s
    2. Zooming and navigating
      5m 38s
    3. Creating a blank file
      5m 43s
    4. Photo resizing and resolution
      8m 21s
    5. Enlarging the canvas
      3m 10s
    6. Cropping and straightening an image
      3m 12s
    7. Using the Recompose tool
      3m 23s
    8. Processing multiple files
      6m 16s
    9. Saving and formats
      4m 11s
  9. 23m 25s
    1. Understanding layers
      3m 30s
    2. Working in the Layers panel
      8m 53s
    3. Combining images with layer masks
      11m 2s
  10. 22m 24s
    1. Understanding selections
      3m 39s
    2. Manual selection tools
      7m 36s
    3. Automatic selection tools
      3m 9s
    4. Refining a selection
      3m 59s
    5. Modifying and saving selections
      4m 1s
  11. 55m 51s
    1. Using adjustment layers
      9m 21s
    2. Adding a Levels adjustment layer
      4m 49s
    3. Applying a Shadows/Highlights adjustment
      3m 24s
    4. Adding a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer
      5m 30s
    5. Adjusting with Color Curves
      4m 3s
    6. Removing a color cast
      3m 55s
    7. Correcting skin tone
      2m 10s
    8. Reducing digital noise
      3m 44s
    9. Sharpening photos
      9m 42s
    10. Working with raw photos
      9m 13s
  12. 18m 58s
    1. Using the Smart Brush tool
      5m 20s
    2. Using the Detail Smart Brush tool
      3m 30s
    3. Dodging and burning
      1m 49s
    4. Healing blemishes
      3m 51s
    5. Removing content with the Clone Stamp tool
      3m 15s
    6. Removing red-eye
      1m 13s
  13. 26m 26s
    1. Applying filters
      5m 6s
    2. Adding effects
      3m 0s
    3. Using layer styles
      3m 36s
    4. Using shapes
      8m 25s
    5. Using the Cookie Cutter tool
      2m 54s
    6. Converting color to black and white
      3m 25s
  14. 7m 35s
    1. Creating text
      4m 7s
    2. Editing text
      3m 28s
  15. 27m 26s
    1. Making a photo collage
      7m 15s
    2. Stitching a photo panorama
      3m 43s
    3. Saving for the web
      6m 40s
    4. Creating web galleries in Bridge
      6m 47s
    5. Creating a PDF slideshow
      3m 1s
  16. 4m 34s
    1. Printing photos and contact sheets
      2m 49s
    2. Sending photos by mail
      1m 45s
  17. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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