Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Color-correcting skin by the numbers, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
Well, I am incredibly excited about the next couple of movies because in the next couple of movies we're going to learn how to color-correct skin tone. Now color-correcting the skin is incredibly important especially with digital capture. And here's why. The red channel is the channel that's most sensitive to light and that's a channel where a lot of the skin information is contained. So we need to figure out a way to color-correct our images so that skin looks good. In the next few movies, we will work on a number of different types of skin tone and it is going to get a little bit complicated. So I provide a few resource files for you. I should also say that I've covered this content in another one of my training titles, Photoshop for Photographers.
So if you've watched those movies, feel free to skip ahead. If you haven't, I definitely recommend that you check these out because this will be incredibly important. Now the first resource file that I want to point out is this one, skin tone by the numbers. This has a step-by-step account of how to color-correct skin by the numbers and I'm hoping that that will act as a guide for you as you begin to work on your own images. The other resource file I have for you is called numbers.psd. I'm going to open that file up so we can begin to think about how color-correction works for skin tones. Well what you do when you're color-correcting for skin tones is you set a sample point and in your Info palette you set it to read the CMYK values and those CMYK values are incredibly important for us. The cyan is going to be about a third to a fifth of the magenta and yellow and if you are like me, you're thinking, Oh no. Math. Well the math is actually really simple. Stick with me for a second.
So cyan is a third to a fifth, magenta and yellow, those guys are pretty close, yellow is always higher. Alright, well practically what does that look like? I'm going to turn on this top group here and you're going to see some sample numbers. Now all images won't have these numbers but they will have this number relationship. So let's take a look at the example. Cyan is 10, magenta and yellow, those two guys are close, yellow is a little bit higher, perfect. Now my cyan, we said, was a third to a fifth of the magenta and yellow. So what that means for me as I multiply cyan by 3, that equals 30, I multiply my cyan by 5, that's 50. So if my magenta and yellow are between 30 and 50, I'm in good shape. I have color-correct skin tone.
Now, these numbers may vary as I mentioned. The cyan can vary between a third to a fifth that can even go as high as a half sometimes. Also the overall numbers will increase or decrease based on the density of the skin. So if I have skin that has much denser tones in it then those numbers are all going to be much higher. Alright, well let's take a look at how that actually works and we will do that in the next movie.
Those wishing to see these skills applied in greater detail may also enjoy Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniques.
- Strategizing a retouching workflow
- Correcting color and tone
- Cleaning up images in Camera Raw
- Removing distractions
- Enhancing structure and symmetry
- Reducing and removing wrinkles
- Sculpting facial features and body parts
- Whitening and brightening teeth
- Changing eyes
- Smoothing skin
Skill Level Intermediate
Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Techniqueswith Chris Orwig8h 35m Intermediate
Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3with Lee Varis3h 56m Intermediate
1. Retouching Roadmap
2. Correcting Color and Tone
3. Cleaning Up Images in Camera Raw
4. Cleaning Up Images in Photoshop
5. Structural Image Enhancements
6. Reducing and Removing Wrinkles
7. Enhancing Eyes
8. Enhancing Eyelashes and Eyebrows
9. Improving Hair
10. Improving Faces and Bodies
11. Fixing Teeth
12. Improving Makeup
13. Enhancing Skin
14. Softening Skin
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