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Color correction: Multiple skin tones

From: Photoshop CS4 for Photographers

Video: Color correction: Multiple skin tones

So far in this training, we have talked about how we can color correct skin tone, yet, there's only been one person in the image. It's only been one type of skin tone. What about this situation where you have a family and you have different types of skin tones? Well, that's what we are looking at how we can color correct this image. So go ahead and select the file family.psd, press the Command key and click on the file family numbers.jpeg and open up all those up, Command+O on the Mac/Ctrl+O on the PC. Now at first I want to point out with this particular file there is a Reference folder. I'm going to turn that off. So here's the original and there are my adjustments will talk about how we are going to make those adjustments, yet, I want to include that for you, so that you have a Reference Point.

Color correction: Multiple skin tones

So far in this training, we have talked about how we can color correct skin tone, yet, there's only been one person in the image. It's only been one type of skin tone. What about this situation where you have a family and you have different types of skin tones? Well, that's what we are looking at how we can color correct this image. So go ahead and select the file family.psd, press the Command key and click on the file family numbers.jpeg and open up all those up, Command+O on the Mac/Ctrl+O on the PC. Now at first I want to point out with this particular file there is a Reference folder. I'm going to turn that off. So here's the original and there are my adjustments will talk about how we are going to make those adjustments, yet, I want to include that for you, so that you have a Reference Point.

The next thing that I need to do, let me go and click and drag this family numbers image out of this tabbed arrangement here and here we have the different Curves Adjustments, that we are going to making. Now you can use this as a Reference Point. I'll Double Click the Zoom tool here for a second, in order to be able to see the different adjustments that we will be making. I'm going to go ahead and move this off screen, so that it's not distracting and then I'll go back to this image and take this to Full Screen View mode by pressing F and then Spacebar to reposition the image. Here, you can see, I have set Eyedropper's on the different people in the Paladino family. They are wonderful, beautiful family and this was just a snap shot that I took with a point-and- shoot camera, yet I thought it was perfect for Color Correcting when you have different types of skin tone.

All right, well, let's a look at our numbers across the board. Well, here are the two parents. When we look at those parents numbers we see that the yeah, Yellow is pretty low in that case, we will look at these numbers, yeah, Yellow is low in case, as well. So we are going to need to do some work on that Blue-Yellow channel. We are also noticing that our Red-Cyan the percentages aren't quite right, so how then we are going to be able to correct this? Well, let's click on the Curves Adjustments Layer icon. The first thing I want to do in this RGB Composite View mode is just brighten up the image just a touch. It feels a little bit too dark for me. So I'm going to go ahead and brighten that up just a little bit. Here's our before and after again, little bit of brightening. Now I want to do that first, so that my tone is in the right place, when I'm color correcting it.

Now the next channel, that I know I need to go to, is that Blue Channel. That's Option+5 on the Mac/Alt+5 on the PC. Now before what we have done, is grab this Target Adjustment tool and hover it over the image, yet when I do that I notice that, I'm going to be sampling different values based on who I hover over, this is a little bit lower, this ones a little bit higher. So go ahead and start up at the top and drag that down just a bit. Now I'm just looking to decrease the over all amount there. Now, one of the things that happens is when I decrease that over all amount, I can see that I'm decreasing it across the board and so now some of my darker tones, as well, are getting a little bit more Yellow. If I want to save some those, all that I need to do is click here and drag those up to reposition those up a little, so that my adjustment is been little bit more focused on these brighter tones, i.e., brighter skin tones, right? Okay, well so far so good. Let's look at our before and after. Here's before and then after, the image is looking much better. Lets' begin to analyze how this is working.

Now, in the number four position, the baby here with the light skin tone, my Yellow isn't quite high enough and the number three position, again, the yellow isn't quite high enough here number two it is. But this skin is much more Yellow, right? You can see that and in the number one position, gosh, it's still much too low. So I need to go ahead and lower these even further. So I'm going to go ahead pull this points down, even further to try to increase the Yellow a little bit more, so that I make sure that I have a touch more. Now let's then go to the Green-Magenta Channel with the Target Adjustment tool I'll hover over this point and I'll click and then I'm just going to use the Arrow keys to reduce that just a little bit and I'm going to press my Up Arrow key what I'm looking to do is to increase the over all amount of the Green and as I do that I realize, you know what, well, it's looking good on Steve here, it's not looking good on the rest of family. So I'm going to leave that adjustment as it is. I'll click and drag that off. All right, so here's my adjustment, my before and after.

How that can I deal with Steve's skin tone? The other thing I'm noticing, is this is a little bit too saturated, how can work on that? What I'm going to do, is go back to my adjustments and I'm going to click Hue/Saturation, I'm going to then go down to my Reds, grab the Target Adjustment tool, hover over Steve's skin here and I'm going to look to de- saturate some of those Reds that I'm seeing there. So I'm just going to look to pull some of those Reds out. Now, I need to find the sweet spots, right? Where I'm not disrupting the values so much, that I have some problems, but Steve actually was a little bit sun burn that day, he loves to body surfing and he was on the ocean, I actually know that for a fact. So I want to remove a little bit of the Red there.

And now the next thing that I'm going to do is, work on the Cyan. I see this Blue as a little bit too bright, so I'm going to ahead and navigate down in Cyans and click there and I'm going to reduce those a touch as well. Let's take a look at the before and the after on this layer, here's my before and then after. Let's look at our overall before and after, here is before and then here is after, much better skin tone. Let's go back to our Curves Adjustment, I'm going to go to the Red Channel. On the Red Channel, I notice that my Cyan and Red amount is a little bit off. So I'm going to go ahead and click up pretty high here. What I'm interested in doing is just bringing this value up just a touch, because I want to get my percentages in that range, right? 3X12 is 36, 5x12 is 60. Okay, that's in a range. 3x15, okay, we are already closer, we are close here as well. I think that final adjustment looks really nice. Let's look at our before and after and you know what we still have pretty nice even tones.

Now one of the things that you probably notice in this movie is there was a ton of give and take. You also are noticing that, all of the percentages aren't Color Correct. You all keep in mind that, those percentages are simply a recipe for getting good color. Now I had to, kind of, ignore some of Steve's skin tone because I know that his skin tone pretty Red .So I have the high Magenta amount. But the other three numbers are all right on the money and so because of that I'm going to go with this adjustment and then I'm going to evaluate it by looking at my Before and After and say, you know what, I think that looks really good.

All right, well, that wraps up this chapter and here's what I think you should do now, I think you should open up one of your photographs and try to Color Correct it with the techniques that we have used in this chapter. Because it's one thing to watch someone else Color Correct, it's another thing to actually experiment and learn how to do this type of Color Correction with your own images. Because once you have done that, you really have this skill and here's why I think you want to do that. This is one of those skills that you are not going need for every image all the time, you will probably be able to color correct your files in different ways with your different Eyedroppers, yet, when you need this technique you are really going to need it. So you want to have these skills in your bag of tricks. So that you can apply them when you really need them.

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  1. 3m 28s
    1. Introduction
      2m 43s
    2. Using the exercise files
      45s
  2. 19m 32s
    1. Taking visual snapshots
      2m 33s
    2. What's new in the Photoshop CS4 menus
      1m 24s
    3. The importance of the 30-minute blink
      2m 38s
    4. Isolation
      3m 32s
    5. Taking notes
      2m 29s
    6. Creative memorization
      2m 16s
    7. Verbalize, human, fun
      1m 18s
    8. Lessons from a legend: Douglas Kirkland
      2m 10s
    9. Resources and links
      1m 12s
  3. 30m 42s
    1. Is Photoshop CS4 worth it?
      2m 50s
    2. Seeing the new Tools panel
      3m 22s
    3. Working with the Application bar
      2m 51s
    4. Navigating with the Hand and Zoom tools
      4m 27s
    5. Rotating with the new Rotate View tool
      2m 0s
    6. New ways of arranging documents
      5m 41s
    7. Working with the panels
      2m 34s
    8. Customizing your workspace
      2m 11s
    9. Creating custom keyboard shortcuts
      3m 12s
    10. Creating custom menus
      1m 34s
  4. 39m 36s
    1. Choosing your Color settings
      5m 4s
    2. Setting Image Interpolation preferences
      3m 1s
    3. Zoom preferences
      2m 40s
    4. Interface preferences
      7m 46s
    5. File-handling preferences
      2m 33s
    6. Performance preferences: Memory
      5m 40s
    7. Performance preferences: Cursor
      5m 46s
    8. Performance preferences: Transparency and Gamut
      4m 44s
    9. Reviewing the other preferences
      2m 22s
  5. 21m 14s
    1. Bit Depth 101
      4m 34s
    2. Introducing image size
      2m 47s
    3. Image Resize overview
      7m 54s
    4. Resizing by cropping
      3m 33s
    5. Straightening
      2m 26s
  6. 10m 10s
    1. Introducing color management
      2m 3s
    2. Monitor calibration basics
      2m 43s
    3. Advanced monitor calibration
      2m 36s
    4. Creating a neutral work environment
      2m 48s
  7. 11m 17s
    1. Using Photoshop, Bridge, and Lightroom together
      2m 20s
    2. Bridge as a digital light box
      1m 19s
    3. General Bridge preferences
      2m 49s
    4. Thumbnail Bridge preferences
      1m 38s
    5. Advanced and Cache Bridge preferences
      3m 11s
  8. 28m 1s
    1. Creative tip 1: Discarding, the great selection technique
      4m 6s
    2. Introducing the Bridge interface
      3m 27s
    3. Getting photos from your camera
      4m 14s
    4. Choosing a workspace
      4m 16s
    5. Customizing the workspace and the Synchronized window
      4m 10s
    6. Using Bridge to rate and sort
      4m 3s
    7. Sorting with filters
      3m 45s
  9. 33m 53s
    1. Previewing multiple files
      5m 6s
    2. The Bridge Review mode
      7m 4s
    3. The Bridge Full Screen mode
      3m 8s
    4. Bridge slideshows
      4m 25s
    5. Stacking images
      3m 24s
    6. Renaming and batch-renaming
      4m 11s
    7. Adding favorites
      1m 58s
    8. Grouping images with Collections
      4m 37s
  10. 15m 3s
    1. Setting up metadata
      3m 34s
    2. Customizing the workspace for metadata
      2m 20s
    3. Creating a metadata template to add a copyright notice
      3m 55s
    4. Keywording images
      3m 33s
    5. Filtering images based on metadata
      1m 41s
  11. 9m 54s
    1. Recording an action
      2m 16s
    2. Batch-processing an action
      2m 11s
    3. Simplifying repetitive steps using the Image Processor
      2m 21s
    4. Opening multiple images as layers
      3m 6s
  12. 1h 13m
    1. What is Camera Raw?
      2m 47s
    2. Understanding the Camera Raw preferences
      3m 15s
    3. Opening files in Camera Raw
      5m 23s
    4. The Camera Raw interface and essential controls
      5m 13s
    5. White Balance, Straighten, and Tone
      3m 2s
    6. Crop, Rotate, and Vignette
      5m 6s
    7. Improving color and tone
      4m 45s
    8. Saturation vs. Vibrance
      4m 46s
    9. Converting an image to black and white
      4m 7s
    10. Split-toning an image
      3m 32s
    11. Working with tone subjectively
      5m 56s
    12. Adjustment Brush essentials
      3m 19s
    13. Using the Adjustment Brush
      7m 24s
    14. Working with the Graduated filter
      4m 6s
    15. Sharpening and noise reduction
      6m 10s
    16. Working with multiple images
      4m 45s
  13. 38m 42s
    1. Creative tip 2: Worth the risk
      2m 30s
    2. Introducing layers
      2m 53s
    3. Working with layers
      2m 21s
    4. Working with History and the History Brush
      4m 1s
    5. Aligning layers
      1m 56s
    6. Organizing layers
      4m 17s
    7. Layer style effects
      4m 21s
    8. Creating a clipping mask
      4m 27s
    9. Creating a reflection of an image
      2m 37s
    10. Targeting and moving layers
      5m 36s
    11. Reviewing layers shortcuts
      3m 43s
  14. 31m 31s
    1. Introducing masking
      2m 8s
    2. Creating a simple layer mask
      3m 51s
    3. Masking shortcuts
      3m 25s
    4. Using Color Range to create a detailed mask
      3m 48s
    5. Creating a layer mask with Color Range
      5m 5s
    6. Masking and brightening eyes
      3m 35s
    7. Masking and selective sharpening
      2m 58s
    8. The Quick Mask mode
      6m 41s
  15. 24m 15s
    1. Creating a custom border with masking
      5m 41s
    2. Using pre-built borders
      7m 6s
    3. Exploring sample image frames
      4m 59s
    4. Frame plugin highlight: Photoframe
      6m 29s
  16. 51m 47s
    1. Creating a mask with the Quick Selection tool
      5m 39s
    2. Working with the Quick Selection tool
      4m 12s
    3. Creating color range selections
      4m 46s
    4. Advanced selection enhancements
      5m 1s
    5. Using the Magic Wand
      2m 33s
    6. Using the Lasso tool
      5m 37s
    7. Pen and path shortcuts
      5m 20s
    8. Understanding paths
      4m 7s
    9. Creating path selections
      6m 3s
    10. The Magnetic Lasso tool and paths
      8m 29s
  17. 21m 10s
    1. Introducing the Adjustments panel
      2m 26s
    2. Brightness and contrast
      3m 39s
    3. Understanding the difference between Vibrance and Saturation
      2m 55s
    4. Using the Target Adjustment tool
      4m 9s
    5. Hue/Saturation adjustments and masking
      3m 15s
    6. Hue/Saturation blending with Shadow/Highlight
      4m 46s
  18. 17m 45s
    1. Introducing levels
      1m 58s
    2. Enhancing color and tone with levels
      3m 3s
    3. Modifying color with levels
      3m 47s
    4. Levels and masking
      3m 13s
    5. Using levels and masking to get the most out of adjustments
      5m 44s
  19. 40m 58s
    1. Demystifying curves
      6m 52s
    2. Using curves for contrast and tone
      3m 33s
    3. Midtones and advanced blending
      2m 50s
    4. Curves and general Hue/Saturation
      2m 54s
    5. Enhancing color with curves
      6m 18s
    6. Curves, color, masking, and tone
      5m 10s
    7. Curves and masking
      4m 54s
    8. Creative tip 3: Using curves for publication
      5m 14s
    9. Using, modifying, and saving curves presets
      3m 13s
  20. 24m 7s
    1. Creative tip 4: Ordinary ingredients = extraordinary results
      2m 23s
    2. Introducing blend modes
      5m 36s
    3. Blend modes visualized
      6m 48s
    4. Blending multiple images
      6m 9s
    5. Blend modes shortcuts
      3m 11s
  21. 42m 57s
    1. Correcting color with eyedroppers
      4m 37s
    2. Advanced color correction with eyedroppers
      2m 27s
    3. Color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 3s
    4. Performing difficult color correction with Camera Raw
      3m 1s
    5. Performing easier color correction with a color chart
      2m 31s
    6. Color-correcting skin by the numbers
      3m 42s
    7. Color-correcting by the numbers
      4m 10s
    8. Color correction: Studio shot
      3m 6s
    9. Color correction: Light skin tone
      3m 6s
    10. Color correction: Dark skin tone
      3m 44s
    11. Color correction: Multiple skin tones
      6m 40s
    12. Color correction plugin highlight: SkinTune 2
      2m 50s
  22. 44m 44s
    1. Replacing color with Hue/Saturation
      3m 2s
    2. Replacing a color
      5m 6s
    3. Modifying color with Selective Color
      3m 5s
    4. Color focus
      5m 59s
    5. Experimenting with cool and warm colors
      5m 18s
    6. Enhancing a portrait with sunset colors
      5m 16s
    7. Enhancing a landscape with sunrise colors
      5m 19s
    8. Enhancing a color group shot
      3m 17s
    9. Using photo filters with black-and-white photos
      3m 14s
    10. Using photo filters with color photos
      5m 8s
  23. 22m 3s
    1. Introducing the Burn and Dodge tools
      2m 56s
    2. Using the Burn and Dodge tools
      3m 47s
    3. Darkening corners with the Soft Light blend mode
      3m 0s
    4. Adding contrast to the highlights
      2m 30s
    5. Darkening a portion of an image
      2m 45s
    6. Correcting bright and dark tones
      3m 56s
    7. Reducing highlights with the Multiply blend mode
      3m 9s
  24. 19m 30s
    1. Creative tip 5: Seeing beyond the color - your gear is good enough
      4m 58s
    2. Introducing black-and-white conversion
      3m 37s
    3. Portrait black-and-white conversion
      3m 31s
    4. Landscape black-and-white conversion
      2m 40s
    5. Adding grain and tone to a black-and-white image
      4m 44s
  25. 11m 16s
    1. Introducing Smart Filters
      2m 36s
    2. Applying Smart Filters
      3m 21s
    3. Blending and masking Smart Filters
      5m 19s
  26. 19m 38s
    1. Noise reduction with Surface Blur
      4m 36s
    2. The Noise Reduction filter
      2m 54s
    3. Advanced noise reduction with Channels
      5m 32s
    4. Advanced noise reduction with the Dfine plugin
      6m 36s
  27. 33m 29s
    1. The Dust and Scratches Filter
      3m 57s
    2. Using masking to remove dust and scratches
      5m 10s
    3. Introducing the trio of healing tools
      6m 18s
    4. Using the Healing and Clone Stamp tools
      4m 21s
    5. Using the Patch tool
      7m 40s
    6. Cleaning up an image with what's there
      6m 3s
  28. 58m 58s
    1. Creative tip 6: A beautiful mistake
      2m 51s
    2. Cleaning up a background
      3m 21s
    3. Removing blemishes
      4m 19s
    4. Cleaning up backgrounds and blemishes
      3m 46s
    5. Brightening eyes
      3m 12s
    6. Changing eye color
      4m 55s
    7. Darkening the edge of an eye
      1m 32s
    8. Adding makeup
      2m 25s
    9. Correcting distortion
      2m 19s
    10. Reducing eye wrinkles
      4m 4s
    11. Adding height and reducing wrinkles
      7m 55s
    12. Whitening teeth
      4m 6s
    13. Whitening teeth using Quick Mask
      3m 39s
    14. Softening skin
      5m 5s
    15. Removing red-eye
      2m 21s
    16. The next steps in retouching
      3m 8s
  29. 38m 35s
    1. Introducing Smart Sharpen
      3m 23s
    2. Smart Sharpen demystified
      4m 10s
    3. Smart Sharpen and masking
      8m 46s
    4. Using the Unsharpen Mask filter
      5m 19s
    5. Black-and-white High Pass sharpening
      8m 2s
    6. Color High Pass sharpening
      3m 27s
    7. Sharpening and tone
      5m 28s
  30. 28m 38s
    1. Resizing for email and the web
      3m 1s
    2. Image size considerations
      2m 54s
    3. Preparing files for the web
      4m 37s
    4. Sharpening for the web
      2m 12s
    5. Correcting color for the web
      3m 10s
    6. The Save for Web dialog
      3m 51s
    7. Creating a web gallery
      6m 21s
    8. Sharing your photos online
      2m 32s
  31. 23m 33s
    1. Creating contact sheets
      4m 19s
    2. Presenting your photos as a PDF slideshow
      2m 55s
    3. Desktop printing recommendations
      1m 40s
    4. Preparing to print
      5m 53s
    5. Using Soft Proof to pre-visualize printing
      3m 46s
    6. Using the Print dialog
      3m 31s
    7. Print settings
      1m 29s
  32. 23s
    1. Goodbye
      23s

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