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Checking skin tone

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers: Desktop Printing Techniques

Video: Checking skin tone

In this movie what we are going to do is just double check to make sure that our skin tones are in a good place. Now, my guess is that they are pretty good, yet I just want to double-check this. Also, as a side note, what I'm going to do here is just briefly get into the topic of color correcting skin by the numbers, but keep in mind, we cover that in detail earlier in this training title. So if you haven't watched those movies, it definitely would be worthwhile to dig into those movies before watching this one. So I'm going to go ahead and press the I key to select the Eyedropper tool. Make sure my sample size is something other than Point Sample; in this case 5 by 5 Average will be fine.

Checking skin tone

In this movie what we are going to do is just double check to make sure that our skin tones are in a good place. Now, my guess is that they are pretty good, yet I just want to double-check this. Also, as a side note, what I'm going to do here is just briefly get into the topic of color correcting skin by the numbers, but keep in mind, we cover that in detail earlier in this training title. So if you haven't watched those movies, it definitely would be worthwhile to dig into those movies before watching this one. So I'm going to go ahead and press the I key to select the Eyedropper tool. Make sure my sample size is something other than Point Sample; in this case 5 by 5 Average will be fine.

I'm then going to sample an area just off of the highlight. I have a highlight on the forehead there. I'll hold down the Shift key and click to set a point there. I'll change my numbers to CMYK Color. Now, sometimes it's a little bit distracting to have all these numbers visible. You can remove numbers by holding down the Shift key and clicking and dragging one of those points out. So go ahead and hold down the Shift key and click and drag those points out, and then I'll navigate back to the image there. Open up the Info palette, and here you can see I have my CMYK mix. Now, what I'm looking for here is a cyan amount that's one-third to one-fifth of my magenta, my yellow. What that means is you multiply 8 by 3, that's 24, or 8 by 5, that's 40. So I need to see a magenta or a yellow value of somewhere between 24 and 40.

Now, are those numbers right in that range? Yes, exactly. Now, my next numbers I want to work at are the magenta and the yellow. I always want a little bit more yellow than my magenta. So in this case, I'm in good shape, these skin tones look really good. The only thing that I may want to do here is go ahead and create another Curves adjustment. So I'll go ahead and navigate back to my Adjustments panel, Click on Curves, navigate to the Blue Yellow Channel, and open up the Info palette and drag this out so I can watch this while I'm working on it. In this Blue Yellow Channel, I'll click on the Target Adjustment tool, and I'm simply going to click and drag down to add a little bit more yellow to warm this up even more.

Now, I have gone a little bit higher than I typically would like to. Now, my magenta is lower than the yellow, which is good. The yellow is now even more higher, yet it still fits in this general recipe of numbers. Again, if you are thinking, Chris, I have no idea what you are talking about. Keep in mind that there is more information about this earlier in this training title. Here, basically what we want to do is have a number of our cyan, where we can multiply by 3 or 5. When we do that, we see that our magenta or yellow percentages are somewhere in that range, and in addition, we have a yellow that's always higher than magenta. In this case I'm just adding a little bit more yellow, just for the fun of it, just to warm this image up a touch more.

Now, another way that we could warm this image up would be to click on the Adjustments Layer icon and choose Photo Filter, and add a little bit of a warming filter. So I'm going to go ahead and do that and look at my numbers. Now, are my numbers still in the range? Well, they are a little bit off now, right? Now, if I multiply 3 by 5, it's 15. If I multiply 5 by 5, that's now 25. So what I did here was I added a little bit too much of a color shift, so this isn't going to really work for me. But I could lower my Opacity, and I could lower that Opacity just so I can find a place where I can bring those numbers back into range. When I do that I say hey, those numbers still fit in that mix.

Now, this image is much warmer, and this is a little bit of a subjective edit, yet this is where things get a little bit fun. Do you always want something that's perfectly color correct, or do you want to add or enhance the photograph a little bit? Now, the choice is really up to you. In my case, I want to warm this image up a little bit, have a little bit of fun with that, bring out some more of those vivid colors, and so I have done that here. All right. Well, now that we have talked a little bit about color correcting the skin tones, just to highlight, did we actually need to make those two adjustments? No, the image looks fine here, and these final adjustments are pretty subtle, yet I thought that it would be helpful in regards to printing to at least point out that one of the things that I typically do in my printing workflow is I double check my numbers. I make sure my numbers are in a good place before I actually get to the process of printing the photograph.

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  1. 4m 20s
    1. Welcome
      3m 23s
    2. Using the exercise files
      57s
  2. 12m 3s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 32s
    2. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 49s
    3. Calibrating your monitor
      3m 54s
    4. Calibration demo
      2m 48s
  3. 31m 39s
    1. Correcting color pt. 1: Determining the white and black points
      2m 27s
    2. Correcting color pt. 2: Using curves
      4m 15s
    3. Correcting color pt. 3: Fine-tuning
      3m 14s
    4. Correcting color pt. 4: Adding finishing touches
      4m 35s
    5. Color-correcting an outdoor portrait with curves
      2m 41s
    6. Color-correcting skin tone by the numbers
      2m 36s
    7. Applying skin tone color correction by the numbers
      3m 52s
    8. Correcting reflected color
      2m 25s
    9. Color-correcting a studio fashion portrait
      3m 18s
    10. Color-correcting skin in a natural light portrait
      2m 16s
  4. 40m 52s
    1. Camera Raw input sharpening
      4m 14s
    2. Sharpening with Camera Raw
      2m 28s
    3. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      4m 57s
    4. Sharpening pt. 1: Using Smart Filters
      3m 15s
    5. Sharpening pt: 2: Using Smart Sharpen
      6m 5s
    6. Sharpening and blend modes
      2m 46s
    7. Using Unsharp Mask
      5m 41s
    8. Using High Pass to sharpen
      6m 0s
    9. Adding texture and effects with High Pass
      5m 26s
  5. 19m 25s
    1. Business card resources
      4m 11s
    2. Using a business card template
      1m 22s
    3. Designing the front of a business card
      5m 7s
    4. Designing the back of a business card
      5m 17s
    5. Repurposing a business card for others
      1m 26s
    6. Business card examples
      2m 2s
  6. 32m 11s
    1. Typography resources sites
      3m 32s
    2. Tips and shortcuts for working with type
      4m 7s
    3. Promo card inspiration and resources
      3m 26s
    4. Using a template to build a promo
      2m 19s
    5. Customizing the template
      5m 1s
    6. Building a grid-based promo card
      7m 29s
    7. Resources for creating a photo book
      3m 22s
    8. Photo book examples
      2m 55s
  7. 53m 53s
    1. Creating a PDF layout with the Output module
      6m 35s
    2. Creating a layout pt. 1: Using the Output module to create a rough layout
      3m 24s
    3. Creating a layout pt. 2: Customizing a PDF layout in Photoshop
      5m 1s
    4. Creating a three-image layout in Photoshop
      2m 50s
    5. Creating a grid photo montage
      5m 23s
    6. Building a creative layout pt. 1
      4m 24s
    7. Building a creative layout pt. 2
      8m 6s
    8. Multiple-image layout pt. 1: Using Bridge and Photoshop
      3m 59s
    9. Multiple-image layout pt. 2: Masking and resizing photos
      6m 19s
    10. Multiple-image layout pt. 3: Finalizing the layout
      2m 39s
    11. Multiple-image layout pt. 4: Color and sharpening
      5m 13s
  8. 13m 34s
    1. Printer recommendations
      2m 47s
    2. Paper recommendations
      1m 50s
    3. Paper resources
      3m 27s
    4. Printing recommendations overview
      5m 30s
  9. 15m 46s
    1. Color management refresher
      1m 53s
    2. Finding sample files online for test printing
      3m 0s
    3. Soft-proofing with paper profiles
      1m 49s
    4. Soft-proofing to correct an image
      2m 52s
    5. Setting white and black points based on the test print
      6m 12s
  10. 34m 0s
    1. Starting with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    2. Resizing in Photoshop
      5m 9s
    3. Setting the white and black points
      2m 17s
    4. Checking skin tone
      3m 48s
    5. Sharpening with Smart Sharpen
      3m 55s
    6. Making soft proof corrections
      2m 54s
    7. Introducing the Photoshop Print dialog
      2m 44s
    8. Color management and the Photoshop Print dialog
      3m 32s
    9. Final Print dialog settings
      2m 33s
    10. The final print
      4m 5s
  11. 23m 7s
    1. Setting up a test strip print
      2m 32s
    2. Modifying the test strip print
      5m 30s
    3. Understanding rendering intents
      2m 20s
    4. Test-printing rendering intents
      2m 35s
    5. Batch-processing with actions
      5m 50s
    6. The image processor
      4m 20s
  12. 23m 55s
    1. Overview and intro
      4m 45s
    2. Using a promo card template
      2m 47s
    3. Converting to CMYK
      7m 36s
    4. Field trip to a printing press
      8m 47s
  13. 6m 36s
    1. Resource sites
      2m 0s
    2. What's next
      2m 51s
    3. Goodbye
      1m 45s

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