Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Reducing subtle red skin tones, part of Photoshop CS3 Portrait Retouching Essentials.
In the previous movie, we looked at correcting Color and Tone and Skin on a couple of images that really needed it and the results were really dramatic. Yet what about those images where things are a little bit more subtle. Well that's what we are going to work on in this particular movie. Open up the file Daniel.psd. Once that's opened in Photoshop, press F to go to Full Screen View mode. Now this is a photograph that was captured by one of my students in one of his early classes at Brooks and it is a nice image and I had him given a demo on working on this image in Photoshop class.
I also asked him if we could use this in our training and I think that this image will work out well for us because the need for the improvement here is very subtle. let's go ahead and double click the Zoom tool. That will take this image to 100% so that we can see the image in its entirety. You really focus in on the face. Now you will notice in the Layers palette, there is a group there you can turn that on to see how he is retouched this image and if we zoom in even further heres our Before and After basically clean up the image. Now that looks really nice. One of the things that I'm noticing is the skin is a little bit uneven.
Here we see the reds underneath the eye, little bit of red patchiness in the skin. Well how do we fix that? We use Hue/Saturation. we will click on the Adjustment Layer icon and choose Hue/Saturation, go with the Reds. Now when I modify my Hue slider for my Reds I'm going to notice that it is affecting the entire image. All of his skin is turning green. Well how do I focus in on the specific tones that I want to work on? Well we can try our Eye Dropper tool and click around the image and see, well don't work on these tones and we can see that it is a little bit less of an adjustment.
We can also try sampling the area that we want to work on. Yet one of the things we are noticing is this isnt quite working for us. This doesnt cut it. So let's press the Option or the Alt Key and choose Reset, that will reset our Hue/Saturation adjustments. Again that was the Option key on the Mac, the Alt key on the PC that changes Cancel to Reset. I move that over a little bit so you can see that. Next, let's go back to the Reds. Now modify the Hue, this will help us define what we are working on and let's just try manually to bring in these two points and also to bring in our outside sliders here.
What this does is it changes the transition from the actual color we are working on to other colors and what we should start to see is that we can really focus in on specific areas of our image. let's modify our Hue slider and one thing that youre seeing is that I'm modifying, in this case making it worse these areas that I think are problematic. Now, if the reach of those areas arent good enough. I'm going to go ahead and expand them a little bit further. You can see that it is going to reach out a little bit further here and then even more there that one I need to be really careful of those areas.
OK so the image doesnt look good. But I will take my Hue back to 0. I now know what are the areas I'm working on. I need to Desaturate just a tad. I'm going to warm those areas up a little bit. I happened to know if I increased the Hue slider just a tad bit; it will warm those areas up. let's look at our Preview. Heres our Before and After. it is evening out the skin tone. let's click OK. Now of course there are areas that it doesnt look good, the lips in particular actually it helped out with those red veins in the eyes, that's nice.
The red on the ears if you look at the Before and After heres our Before heres our After. Areas I'm paying attention to are the eyes, the ears, the nose, the skin, looks great. Click on the Mask and select the Brush tool. Now I choose black for my color picker and I'm going to invert those two colors by clicking on this arrow which will allow me to switch my foreground and background colors and next paint was black on the lips that I want to bring that color back and then click the Eye on this Adjustment layer to look at my Before and After to see if any other areas need help and I would say no, that looks really good.
Now that adjustment is incredibly subtle but what it will actually do is make his skin look smoother and it will make the image much stronger.
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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