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In Photoshop Elements 6 for Mac Essential Training, Ted LoCascio teaches casual photographers how to organize, edit, and share their digital image libraries using this powerful software package from Adobe. He tours the included Adobe Bridge application, used for importing and organizing photographs, and explores every feature of Elements itself. He demonstrates how to navigate the Elements workspace, which is used to correct and improve images, combine them into projects, and produce slideshows, photo books, web galleries, and more. Ted also explains how to get the most out of each editing mode, and shares tips for correcting, retouching, and sharpening photographs. Example files accompany the course.
It's not uncommon for images to contain skin tone that appears either too red or too yellow. With this movie I would like to show you how to correct this using the Adjust Color for Skin Tone feature in Elements. I'm currently in the Bridge application. What I would like to do is scroll down in our exercise files here to the Chapter 10 folder. Double-click on that and then double-click on the skin tone folder and open up this image here Enzo and Elmo. Double-click that. Here he is.
So the problem that we have with this image is that it has a yellow color cast and it's definitely affecting skin tone. Enzo's skin is just looking way too yellow in here. You can see it in his face, especially in his nose, all throughout his arms. You can even see it's somewhat in the background too. This green carpet has a yellow cast to it. So we want to correct this and one way to do that is go under the Enhance menu, choose Adjust Color and then choose Adjust Color for Skin Tone. That's going to bring up this dialog box. What I like about this dialog box is just like the Remove Color Cast dialog box, it gives you some steps.
It says Click on any person's skin, Elements will adjust the entire photo to improve the color and if you're not satisfied click on a different point or move the sliders to achieve the results you want. So that's very, very helpful. What we can do is hover over the image and you will see the eye dropper up here. You will want to click in an area of the skin that is the most yellow and I think that's his nose, right in here. So what I'm going to do is go ahead and click right over here on the end of his nose. As we do we can see it goes through and adjusts the color in the entire image.
It did a very good job. As you can see in here, the yellow has been removed and even the carpet looks really good. It doesn't have that cast in it anymore. So not only does the skin look better, but the whole image looks better. He does look a little bit pale. If we wanted to, we could move the sliders in here. This is the Tan slider. We can drag that a little bit to the right. We don't want to drag too far, because if we do that we're just going to bring back the yellow color cast, as you can see. So you want to use with discretion here, just drag a little bit over to the right, if you think it needs it. If you drag the Blush slider to the right, that's going to bring in too much red and you don't want him to look sunburnt or anything like that, so you don't want to drag too far with that slider either.
If you think he needs a little bit more, you can drag just a little bit. We also have an Ambient Light slider, that controls the temperature which is either going to cool the image off or warm it up. This is similar to working with the slider that's available in the Quick Fix mode, the Temperature slider. You can drag it to the left, it's going to cool things way off. If we drag it to the right, it's going to warm things up and bring back that yellow color cast. I would recommend using this with discretion as well. A lot of times you don't even need it. In this instance I don't think we really need it to move it at all.
So we've removed the color cast. There is no more yellow color cast and his skin tone is looking much, much better and much more natural. We can click OK and apply that adjustment. So all you need to do is locate an image that has skin tone problems, go under the Enhance menu, choose Adjust Color for Skin Tone. Then click in the area that has the deepest problem, at least in this instance it was the yellow nose, the most prominent skin tone problem. Click in that area and let it do its thing. If you need to make some additional adjustments, you can move the Tan and Blush sliders around. Maybe if you need to work with an Ambient Light slider, but most likely you won't have to.
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