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How do you change skin tone?
Old 03-26-2006, 10:46 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I photographed a young lady who happens to be an African American and has dark skin. During the shoot she told me that in the final images she would really like to have more of a caramel skin tone. Please keep in mind that this was her request and not mine. As I told her, she is beautiful regardless of what color beautiful she is. At that point she told me the reasons for her request and I told her I would do what I could.

I did try overexposing by 1/3 to a full stop and did get some decent results as far as skin tone is concerned, but this brightened the backgrounds much more than I would normally like. And she also wanted some shots on a silver background. At that point overexposing was out of the question because the background would have ended up white.

What is the best method to change a dark skin tone down to a caramel complexion in post?
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Re: How do you change skin tone?
Old 03-26-2006, 11:02 AM   #2 (permalink)
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Hi Dman,

I don't know if this will help but here is a link to a process you could try. The process is done on a Caucasian girl but the same principle may work on much darker skin. In any event, good luck! I hope you can post some "before" and "after" photos for us to see. I'd like to see how you fare.

Good day sir!

Here is the link: http://www.all-things-photography.co...kin-tones.html

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Re: How do you change skin tone?
Old 05-02-2006, 01:44 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Make a duplicate layer. Use curves to lighten the skin to the tone you want. Ignore what it does to the background. Now create a layer mask while holding down the ALT key which makes the mask all black so you see the original photo as it was. Now paint with a soft white brush at 25% opacity over the skin areas and that will reveal the parts of the skin that was changed by curves. Remember white will reveal parts of the upper layer and black will conceal. If one pass of the brush on part of the skin is not enough, then make another pass. You would have to make four passes over the same area of skin to get it all the way to your curves adjustment layer. This is fairly easy and fast.
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Re: How do you change skin tone?
Old 05-05-2006, 08:19 AM   #4 (permalink)
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If you shot in raw you may just try changing the temp of the WB in PS.
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Re: How do you change skin tone?
Old 05-05-2006, 11:12 AM   #5 (permalink)
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If you shot in raw you may just try changing the temp of the WB in PS.
With RAW you are changing the WB for the entire image. His problem was selectively changing the skin tones of the model only, but not the whole image. RAW will work as one of the tools. You process the image twice, once for skin tones and once for overall image and then you combine them with one above the other (on a layer). Then you use a layer mask and brush on the skin tone from the good skintone one to the layer with the overall good wb.

The above is essentially the same process I mentioned earlier, but using RAW to create the layer rather than curves. Often times the method I gave earlier is easier because you are not so much dealing with color balance as you are how dark or light the skin color is. You can use curves to adjust this very easily and then selectively use the layer mask and brush to get everything in balance.

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Re: How do you change skin tone?
Old 05-05-2006, 01:28 PM   #6 (permalink)
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With RAW you are changing the WB for the entire image. His problem was selectively changing the skin tones of the model only, but not the whole image. RAW will work as one of the tools. You process the image twice, once for skin tones and once for overall image and then you combine them with one above the other (on a layer). Then you use a layer mask and brush on the skin tone from the good skintone one to the layer with the overall good wb.
The above is essentially the same process I mentioned earlier, but using RAW to create the layer rather than curves. Often times the method I gave earlier is easier because you are not so much dealing with color balance as you are how dark or light the skin color is. You can use curves to adjust this very easily and then selectively use the layer mask and brush to get everything in balance.
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First let me say, your step by step instructions are nice, and they are useful.

I assumed the OP knows some PS, I was giving him an other option and figured they could figure out the layer and masking. I generally assume people know something, and that if they don't they will ask for more details.

The wb, and tint combo could offer more tweaking of the skin color than the curve adjustment.

Sometimes finding the treasure is more fun with only part of the map!

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Re: How do you change skin tone?
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One other way would be what I did last year to a pageant queen. I selected her face using the magnetic lasso and duplicated the layer (always work on a layer). Then I went to Image>Adjustments>Hue/saturation and clicked on the arrow next to the box on top. A drop down menu lets you pick reds, blues, etc. I started with red and lowered the saturation a little and generally just played around until I had the color I wanted. Use the lightness slider as well.
If you get more than what you were looking for, you can always lower the opacity of the layer to get the look you want before flattening the image.
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Re: How do you change skin tone?
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I would use RAW and export one JPG that is colored balanced and another where the skin looks the way you want it. Then put both files in the same PSD file and use a mask to
paint the good skin in.

OR

Do what Fre**** said above.

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