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Color-correcting skin by the numbers

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Video: Color-correcting skin by the numbers

Well, I am incredibly excited about the next couple of movies because in the next couple of movies we're going to learn how to color-correct skin tone. Now color-correcting the skin is incredibly important especially with digital capture. And here's why. The red channel is the channel that's most sensitive to light and that's a channel where a lot of the skin information is contained. So we need to figure out a way to color-correct our images so that skin looks good. In the next few movies, we will work on a number of different types of skin tone and it is going to get a little bit complicated. So I provide a few resource files for you. I should also say that I've covered this content in another one of my training titles, Photoshop for Photographers.

Color-correcting skin by the numbers

Well, I am incredibly excited about the next couple of movies because in the next couple of movies we're going to learn how to color-correct skin tone. Now color-correcting the skin is incredibly important especially with digital capture. And here's why. The red channel is the channel that's most sensitive to light and that's a channel where a lot of the skin information is contained. So we need to figure out a way to color-correct our images so that skin looks good. In the next few movies, we will work on a number of different types of skin tone and it is going to get a little bit complicated. So I provide a few resource files for you. I should also say that I've covered this content in another one of my training titles, Photoshop for Photographers.

So if you've watched those movies, feel free to skip ahead. If you haven't, I definitely recommend that you check these out because this will be incredibly important. Now the first resource file that I want to point out is this one, skin tone by the numbers. This has a step-by-step account of how to color-correct skin by the numbers and I'm hoping that that will act as a guide for you as you begin to work on your own images. The other resource file I have for you is called numbers.psd. I'm going to open that file up so we can begin to think about how color-correction works for skin tones. Well what you do when you're color-correcting for skin tones is you set a sample point and in your Info palette you set it to read the CMYK values and those CMYK values are incredibly important for us. The cyan is going to be about a third to a fifth of the magenta and yellow and if you are like me, you're thinking, Oh no. Math. Well the math is actually really simple. Stick with me for a second.

So cyan is a third to a fifth, magenta and yellow, those guys are pretty close, yellow is always higher. Alright, well practically what does that look like? I'm going to turn on this top group here and you're going to see some sample numbers. Now all images won't have these numbers but they will have this number relationship. So let's take a look at the example. Cyan is 10, magenta and yellow, those two guys are close, yellow is a little bit higher, perfect. Now my cyan, we said, was a third to a fifth of the magenta and yellow. So what that means for me as I multiply cyan by 3, that equals 30, I multiply my cyan by 5, that's 50. So if my magenta and yellow are between 30 and 50, I'm in good shape. I have color-correct skin tone.

Now, these numbers may vary as I mentioned. The cyan can vary between a third to a fifth that can even go as high as a half sometimes. Also the overall numbers will increase or decrease based on the density of the skin. So if I have skin that has much denser tones in it then those numbers are all going to be much higher. Alright, well let's take a look at how that actually works and we will do that in the next movie.

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Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials

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  1. 15m 11s
    1. Welcome
      27s
    2. How to use this training
      1m 32s
    3. The art of retouching
      3m 3s
    4. Training sneak peek
      3m 2s
    5. Resources and inspiration
      4m 3s
    6. Using a Wacom tablet
      2m 11s
    7. Using the exercise files
      53s
  2. 16m 10s
    1. Initial retouching considerations
      6m 37s
    2. Retouching workflow strategies
      4m 20s
    3. Retouching roadmap: Making notes
      5m 13s
  3. 49m 19s
    1. What we'll cover in this chapter
      1m 22s
    2. White balancing in Adobe Camera Raw
      1m 40s
    3. White balancing with Curves
      2m 27s
    4. Brightening dark tones
      3m 8s
    5. Darkening bright tones
      5m 14s
    6. Reducing dramatic red skin tones
      6m 36s
    7. Reducing subtle red skin tones
      4m 6s
    8. Reducing moderate red skin tones
      3m 29s
    9. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      2m 39s
    10. Color-correcting light skin tones
      7m 9s
    11. Color-correcting medium light skin tones
      3m 38s
    12. Color-correcting medium dark skin tones
      3m 37s
    13. Color-correcting dark skin tones
      4m 14s
  4. 12m 35s
    1. Healing in Camera Raw
      4m 45s
    2. Healing and cloning in Camera Raw
      4m 19s
    3. Removing dust in Camera Raw
      3m 31s
  5. 1h 30m
    1. Creative Tip: Leaving crumbs
      2m 4s
    2. Removing background distractions
      7m 29s
    3. Removing elements with the Patch tool
      3m 15s
    4. Removing distractions near subjects
      8m 14s
    5. Simplifying backgrounds
      7m 2s
    6. Cleaning up faces
      4m 17s
    7. Improving studio backdrops
      7m 46s
    8. Removing wrinkles in garments
      6m 20s
    9. Reducing hot spots
      7m 14s
    10. Removing flyaway hairs
      8m 23s
    11. Cleaning project 1: Face
      10m 46s
    12. Cleaning project 2: Keeping it under control
      6m 43s
    13. Cleaning project 3: Fashion image
      11m 11s
  6. 1h 10m
    1. Improving the jaw line with the Liquify filter
      5m 49s
    2. Improving the jaw line with the Free Transform tool
      9m 29s
    3. Creating visual symmetry
      6m 31s
    4. Improving the shape of eyes, ears, noses, and faces
      10m 31s
    5. Tailor-fitting a wedding dress
      9m 18s
    6. Reducing the stomach size
      6m 56s
    7. Thinning the waist and legs
      4m 21s
    8. Flamenco project pt. 1: Thinning the waist
      5m 49s
    9. Flamenco project pt. 2: Shape and height
      4m 34s
    10. Flamenco project pt. 3: Color, tone, and light
      2m 47s
    11. Combining multiple images
      4m 53s
  7. 27m 6s
    1. Reducing wrinkles with the Healing Brush tool
      2m 27s
    2. Reducing wrinkles by brightening
      6m 23s
    3. Creative Tip: The right tools for the job
      47s
    4. Reducing wrinkles with the Burn and Dodge tools
      4m 29s
    5. Reducing wrinkles with layer burning and dodging
      7m 41s
    6. Removing face and garment wrinkles
      5m 19s
  8. 58m 16s
    1. Changing eye color
      7m 7s
    2. Brightening eyes with Screen Blend mode
      4m 1s
    3. Brightening eyes with Curves
      5m 19s
    4. Advanced eye tone and color enhancements
      9m 8s
    5. Adding a catch light
      2m 55s
    6. Sharpening eyes with Smart Sharpen
      3m 13s
    7. Sharpening eyes with High Pass
      4m 15s
    8. Increasing eye size with Free Transform
      6m 1s
    9. Increasing eye size with Liquify
      1m 37s
    10. Darkening the edge of the eye
      7m 0s
    11. Whitening eyes
      7m 40s
  9. 16m 7s
    1. Cleaning up and darkening eyebrows
      9m 20s
    2. Increasing eyelash density
      2m 57s
    3. Adding eyelashes
      3m 50s
  10. 37m 24s
    1. Patching a gap in hair
      3m 36s
    2. Improving hair tone
      2m 27s
    3. Lightening dark roots
      7m 0s
    4. Covering gaps in hair
      6m 16s
    5. Fixing roots and hair color
      6m 15s
    6. Removing stray hairs
      5m 20s
    7. Removing flyaway hairs over a background
      6m 30s
  11. 1h 3m
    1. Creative Tip: See life as it should be
      59s
    2. Enhancing muscles with Liquify
      5m 3s
    3. Enhancing muscles with Burn and Dodge
      4m 1s
    4. Enhancing muscles with Curves
      5m 1s
    5. Enhancing body shape with shadows
      2m 13s
    6. Enhancing faces with shadows and highlights
      7m 50s
    7. Enhancing lip color and tone
      4m 37s
    8. Adding glossiness to lips
      3m 19s
    9. Enhancing lips
      4m 20s
    10. Changing facial expressions
      5m 32s
    11. Thinning arms
      3m 14s
    12. Thinning legs
      3m 15s
    13. Increasing height
      3m 35s
    14. Enhancing body shape
      3m 50s
    15. Body sculpting
      6m 21s
  12. 11m 4s
    1. Whitening teeth with Dodge
      3m 28s
    2. Whitening teeth with Hue and Saturation
      4m 3s
    3. Removing a gap between teeth
      3m 33s
  13. 35m 31s
    1. Additional makeup resources
      2m 2s
    2. Adding color to cheeks
      5m 40s
    3. Changing the shape of lips
      5m 13s
    4. Modifying makeup color
      7m 35s
    5. Enhancing makeup and adding creative color
      6m 9s
    6. Makeup color enhancement with LAB
      3m 36s
    7. Makeup color enhancement with Adjustment Layers
      5m 16s
  14. 56m 0s
    1. Creative Tip: Reduce and simplify
      1m 7s
    2. Reducing skin variation with the Spot Healing Brush
      5m 36s
    3. Reducing skin variation with the Healing Brush
      2m 46s
    4. Deemphasizing skin variation
      5m 16s
    5. Reducing freckles
      7m 30s
    6. Cleaning up skin and sharpening
      10m 15s
    7. Cleaning up skin and adding texture
      5m 22s
    8. Enhancing skin for high-end fashion
      13m 30s
    9. Evening skin tone
      4m 38s
  15. 59m 39s
    1. Project 1 pt. 1: Cleaning up skin with Heal and Dodge
      9m 8s
    2. Project 1 pt. 2: Softening the skin
      8m 10s
    3. Project 2 pt. 1: Basic retouching
      3m 13s
    4. Project 2 pt. 2: Improving color and tone
      3m 38s
    5. Project 2 pt. 3: Softening skin
      8m 56s
    6. Project 3: Quick skin softening
      6m 9s
    7. Project 4: New skin softening technique
      4m 8s
    8. Project 5 pt. 1: Improving color and tone
      3m 57s
    9. Project 5 pt. 2: High-end skin color, tone, and shine
      5m 8s
    10. Project 5 pt. 3: Adding dimension
      7m 12s
  16. 19s
    1. Goodbye
      19s

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