The Skin Tone tab in Color Balance in Capture One Pro provides some excellent options for not only correcting the hue of skin, but also for applying color uniformity in the portrait. In this video, Derrick Story shows you how to use the Skin Tone tab in Color Balance to your best advantage.
- [Narrator] A lot of times we think about white balance when we want to adjust the skin tones, but I have another way; and a way that I think you'll be very interested in, this is a lot of fun. We're inside the color editor, here, inside the color tool tab, and what I'm going to do is use the skin tone area, inside the color editor. And this is terrific, I love doing this. First thing I'm going to do is make a selection, and we'll take a sample from her cheek, right there. And as soon as I do that everything kicks into action.
We have smoothness and then we have amount and uniformity and we have sliders within these two areas, right here. Now, smoothness is the feathering, outside of our selection, and I tend to have a little feathering, for this type of work, just to make sure that all the color areas are covered. All right, so we'll leave that right about there, that looks good to me. Now what I want to do is play with the hue, because I think it's a little, kind of greenish, here.
And I think I can improve the skin tones, right here in hue, by going a little bit to the left. And you're going "Well I'm not seeing a whole lot." Well watch what happens when I move saturation, now. I like it because it's not too heavy handed, but I can add what I need. I like that saturation amount right there. So, already here skin has a lot more life. And I'm going to bump up the lightness.
I tend to do that on portraits, because I think it helps also with any skin imperfections. So bump that up a bit, right there. And let's just take a look and see what we've done, so far. I'm going to hold down the Option key. So, there's where we started, kind of blueish, greenish, not quite right. And already we have made some improvements. Now I want to go down to uniformity, because one thing that happens is that ...
Let me go ahead and hit the V key, so I don't accidentally make another selection. I'm going to zoom in a bit here. I want to show you something. So you see how we have color here, we've adjusted, but then down here, it's a different color. Look at that. And this happens all the time. This happens all the time. Watch what happens when I move uniformity now. I'm going to go uniformity for hue and as I do, see how it uniforms (laughing) That's not a word, is it? That's like something you wear.
See how it creates or brings uniformity to those skin tones. Isn't that nice, I just love that. Let me back it off. See how we have this greenish tint, in here. And this happens all the time. This happens all the time. And now with uniformity, look at that, it's really nice, really nice. Now lightness, usually a little bit lighter handed, because you can go too crazy with the lightness here and it just looks unnatural, but I do play with that a bit.
We've eliminated that color variation from her skin. I'm going to zoom back out so we can take a look here, at our work. Let's do our before and after. So I'm holding down the Option key. There's before and there's after. Isn't that lovely. Now that might be a bit too much color in her skin. It depends on what you want, but I'm going to leave it here, because I think it's good for this demonstration. So the skin tone area, inside the color editor, is really a terrific place to work on the skin.
I like it a lot better than white balance. I have more control and I tell ya, this magic uniformity slider, really makes my work a lot easier.
- Adjusting a specific hue with the Color Editor
- Minimizing an offending color in the Color Editor
- Fine tuning hues with Color Balance
- Exploring Color Balance presets
- Addressing a specific tone with the Curve tool
- Exposure adjustment tricks
- Using brushing tools in the Local Adjustments tab
- Making color corrections to specific areas
- Speeding up your workflow