Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Reducing moderate red skin tones, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
In the previous movies, we've worked on a few images that were on both sides of the spectrum; one was really dramatic, one was very subtle. In this movie, we are going to work on color and tone with an image that's right smack in the middle of the road. it is called corwig_portrait.psd. Go ahead and open that one up inside the Photoshop, press F to go to full screen view mode and Command++ a few times on a Mac, Ctrl++ a few times on a PC in order to zoom in, press the spacebar to reposition the image. Here we have a portrait of myself.
I want sort of master retouch where you say Chris, you need to have retouched some images of yourself because it humanizes retouching. It helps keep you ground and it gives you pretty interesting perspective. Alright, so here we have this photograph of myself and one of the things I'm noticing is that I've this tonal variety in my skin and I want to fix that. So I'm going to go ahead and click on the adjustment layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation. You know where we are going, right? we will go to our red channel and when I go to my Reds and modify the Hue, one of the things I notice is that I look very funny but I also notice that I'm grabbing a lot of the skin.
Well, let's grab the - eyedropper and see what happens. OK, well I can minus out some of these but I'm kind of noticing that there is a large part of my skin that has a lot of red in it. So I will go ahead and hold down the Option key on a Mac, the Alt key on a PC and click Reset. Now rather than target specific reds because I see that there's red kind of throughout my face, I'm going to go ahead and choose Reds and just pull the reds out in general and warm those up a little bit. Stage one is just going to be to try to get things in a little bit better place, click OK. let's look at our before and after.
OK, well already that's a good improvement. Now I notice that the reddest areas are in this portion of my face the nose, the cheek and going here on the chin. So I need to create another Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and in this case I'm going to go to my Reds and I'm going to with my eyedropper tool really target those reds, drag my Hue way over and then bring these two points together and I'm looking to really target those specific areas that are most problematic. So let me dial this in here.
I think we have a pretty good selection of those areas, bring the Hue back down and now let's warm that up just a couple of points, saturation of the reds down just a tad bit. You don't necessarily need to remove those altogether but we are looking to try to even things out quite a bit. Click OK. Now, let's look at our before and after. Here is our before and after subtle yet, significantly takes down the reds on those areas. Again, if it isnt strong enough, double click the icon for the adjustment layer and go to your reds.
let's pull some more of those out, little bit more color there, click OK. Now the next thing that I want to do is apply an adjustment over the entirety of the image. Now that the skin is nice and even, I'm going to create one final curves adjustment layer by clicking on the adjustment layer icon, choosing good old curves and then here I'm going to go to my reds. I'm actually going to add some red to the entirety of the image and it go to my blue-yellow channel and add a little bit of yellow as well, click OK. it is pretty subtle yet, significant again, just connecting everything, bringing a little bit of the color back so it is not completely neutral.
Then to see our before and after, we can turn these layers on and off, here is our before and then our after. Well done.
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
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Beyond Skin: Going Deeper with Photoshop CS3with Lee Varis3h 56m Intermediate
Photoshop CS3 Creative Photographic Techniqueswith Chris Orwig10h 58m 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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