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In Photoshop CS6 for Photographers, author, photographer, and teacher Chris Orwig explores Photoshop from the perspective of the photographer.
The course details the features and techniques behind enhancing and retouching photos, preparing them for print and online publishing, and much more. Chris demonstrates how to make basic edits in Camera Raw, develop and save color profiles, work with layers and selections, tone and sharpen, and retouch images while retaining their natural character.
Chris also shares some creative tips and project ideas, such as converting a photo to black-and-white and enhancing a portrait with hand-painted masks. The course also covers workflow details, such as organizing images in Bridge and Mini Bridge, optimizing Photoshop preferences, and calibrating your monitor.
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.
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