Easy-to-follow video tutorials help you learn software, creative, and business skills.Become a member
Here, we're going to take a look at how we can use the Color Range controls in order to target and select skin tones. And this is a really helpful technique when you're working with a photograph, say, like this. This one was captured at sunset, and I love all of their expressions, yet the skin is a little bit too red. Let's see if Color Range can help out. If you go to Select pulldown menu here, we can click on Color Range. Now you may have noticed that in the top menu here, if you click on this, you have an option which allows you to select Skin Tones.
This will select all different types of skin tones, and as we choose this what it will do is build up a pretty good selection just of the skin. You can also turn on the option to, say, Detect the Faces. As I do that, take a look at the difference here. Let's go ahead and show this, say, on White. It's going to look a little bit strange, but just take a look at what's selected when I turn this option on. Now it's much more focused in on the skin. I can also control the overall Fuzziness to have more or less of the background selected.
And you can see that now while this looks a little bit weird, we have a really good sample of the skin tone. As you can imagine, this is great for color correcting skin or for softening skin for working on that specific part of your photograph. Let's go back to None so that we can focus in on the image and this beautiful family here and let's click OK. Well, now that we've done this, we basically have a good selection of this area of the picture. In order to make a correction here, I am going to use what's called Hue/Saturation.
If you aren't familiar with this control, you can click on it in the Adjustments panel, and this will open up in your Properties panel some controls for working with hue and saturation. Well, here what you can do is you can dig into the different channels of your photograph. Say, you could go into the Reds, because remember that's our problem area. Well, go into those Reds, and here I could either increase the saturation of those reds. That doesn't look good. Or I could subtly decrease that and you can see how we can bring down some of those Reds.
This is a subtle adjustment, so I'll zoom in a little bit more closely so you can see this a bit better. If I click on the Eye icon, what you should be able to see is that their skin now, well, it just looks a little bit better. Let me exaggerate this so you can see that I'm really targeting the skin. I know this doesn't look good, but you can see how I'm focusing in on that area of the picture. And you want to make corrections like this, especially with skin in really subtle ways. You know, I don't want to go over the top with this or modify this too far. So I am just going to make some real small subtle adjustments here.
And look at the saturation amount on my monitor, make sure that looks good. Well, it still has that warm kind of sunset glow. It will print much better. If I have too much red in the skin, it's just going to look overpowering or strange. So as you can see here, you can use these Color Range Skin Tone controls, in order to select the skin, and then you can make corrections to that area of your image. And sometimes those corrections, well, they're subtle like these here. Yet oftentimes when working with people photographs, especially, it's the subtle yet significant adjustments which make all the difference in the world.
Get unlimited access to all courses for just $25/month.Become a member
180 Video lessons · 69829 Viewers
64 Video lessons · 91850 Viewers
86 Video lessons · 60146 Viewers
103 Video lessons · 28813 Viewers
Access exercise files from a button right under the course name.
Search within course videos and transcripts, and jump right to the results.
Remove icons showing you already watched videos if you want to start over.
Make the video wide, narrow, full-screen, or pop the player out of the page into its own window.
Click on text in the transcript to jump to that spot in the video. As the video plays, the relevant spot in the transcript will be highlighted.