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One of the common Photoshop mantras is select before you correct. The better that you can get at selections, well, the better your corrections. And here, I want to focus in on a new selection feature which allows us to quickly select Skin Tones. In order to take advantage of this tool, use a navigate to the Select pulldown menu and then choose Color Range. Now while we've had color range in previous versions of Photoshop, we now have a new option. If you click on the Select pulldown menu here, you'll notice you have this option for Skin Tones.
When you choose this option what's going to happen is Photoshop is going to analyze your photograph, and Photoshop is chock-full of all of this data of different types of skin, different shades in different colors, and it's going to then try to create a good selection of skin. Let's see how it does. We'll go ahead and click on that, and here you can see in the mask it's doing a pretty good job. I can increase the Fuzziness in order to increase the areas that are selected, or I can decrease the Fuzziness to try to get a little bit more of a precise selection.
Another thing that you can do is turn on Detect Faces. What this will do is it will try to give you a more accurate selection, and in this case, well, this difference--it makes all the difference in the world. No longer is there a selection in the area on the shirt or the background, because what's white in this mask is the area that's selected. Again, you can see that before and after here. Here's without Detect Faces, and then here's with Detect Faces. Again, you want to dial in the appropriate amount of Fuzziness.
Next, simply click OK. Well, now that we have this great selection, what I want to do is I want to remove some of the reds from the Skin Tone, because this photograph was captured at sunset. To do that, I'll click on my Adjustment layer icon for Hue/Saturation. This will create an adjustment layer with a built-in mask. Now the mask is built based on the way that I selected those skin tones. So what I can then do is I could go to a channel and I could remove color from that channel, say the Red channel. Let's try that.
Here we'll go to the pulldown menu and choose Reds. Next, I'm going to simply desaturate a few points, and then maybe I'll brighten this up by adding a little bit of lightness. And these adjustments, they're just focused in on the skin. Let me zoom in so you can see what I mean. Well, here we have the photograph. If we click on this eye icon, you can see here's the before and now here's the after. This selection which focused on those skin tones allowed me to quickly target these skin tones and then make a correction. So as you can imagine, this feature is really helpful when you're photographing people, whether it's a family photograph like this or beauty or a fashion picture.
It allows you to quickly build a selection which you can then turn into a mask, so that you can make really specific adjustments just to the skin.
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