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Nov 03, 2016 13:04 |  #1

I am entirely needing to update how I process images. It hasn't changed in 5 years. That's bad. With that said, I have a host of images with a model who has pretty tan arms but freckly alabaster skin elsewhere. Could anyone help me figure out the best way to blend her skin tones? I've tried the channels and the eye dropper but I am still only getting her red arms, yellow. Thanks so much!
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Nov 03, 2016 13:50 |  #2

I made a quick adjustment - if it satisfies the look you are going for, hopefully this correction technique may be worthwhile.

The skin tones between the warm (freckles, tan) and neutral (chest area) can be brought closer together to deemphasize their contrast and warm the very neutral chest area - if that is okay with what you are going for. This approach can be altered to taste.

I used the color sampler tool to measure the color of the right arm (very tan/freckled) and the chest area (very pale). The attached figure shows you what I measured (in the "original" image). I use the Lab color model because it separates color from luminance, so I can make my adjustments to match color without worrying about how RGB adjustments also change luminance.

I sampled the right arm and then created a curves adjustment layer so I could alter the channel curves to get the chest area (neutral) to match the color (a and b values) of the arm. It will make the whole image super warm, but no big deal, you will paint in the adjustment to the chest area using a mask on the curve adjustment layer, and then alter the opacity of the adjustment layer to get just the right amount of warmth into the chest area without affecting the rest of the image. The "add color" curve on the figure shows the adjustment - you want to remove blue (to get more yellow) and add some red to achieve a nice skin tone. To make the adjustment alter JUST THE COLOR and not the underlying luminance, change the blend mode of the adjustment layer to Color. Paint in and adjust opacity of the layer to taste.

Next, I sampled the resulting chest area and tried to deemphasize the color in the heavily saturated, warm arm. The same approach is applied - I created a curves adjustment layer and adjusted blue upward in the arm's tonal range to add blue (remove yellow) and then adjusted the red channel downward to remove red. This keeps the red-yellow ratio about the same, just less of it. Remember to change the blend mode to Color.

Start with full strength edits to the color and then back off the opacity of the adjustment and selectively paint in the adjustment with varying opacity of the brush as you build up the layer mask. Lots of control. I left the chest edit a little on the strong side so you get the point - simply reducing the opacity of the curve would decrease the color and make is possibly more convincing.

hopefully this helps!

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Nov 03, 2016 13:57 |  #3

Here is the edit with the chest area curve opacity at 50% - the above edit is at 70%.

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Nov 03, 2016 14:33 |  #4

This video may help: https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=5-DE49Muc0g (external link)

I tried something different and used a color blend mode adj layer and sampled the white area of her skin and then painted over the tan areas and then on top of that a couple of dodge adj layers. It was a 2 minute thing and more to see how it would turn out so I wan't paying attention to clean edges with selections so there are some areas near the edge of her arm that don't look good.


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Nov 03, 2016 15:06 |  #5

I really don't want to say this but it should have been noticed when taking the photos. Make-up, fake spray-tan or lace sleeves would have possibly helped. Plus the chest area is cold (bluish) and the arm is warm (red/orange).

I agree with Dave above to check the video about matching skin tones. It can get you part of the way there by adding some color into the chest.

The arm needs to be color adjusted the other way to take the red/orange out.

Here is a quick Levels adjustment to put some red and yellow into the chest and a Soft Light layer to lighted the arm.


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Let us know what you end up doing with it.

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Nov 03, 2016 20:18 |  #6

To lessen, you could just sample, paint, repeat ....


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Nov 03, 2016 21:23 |  #7

Wow, thanks guys. I'm going to sit down and go through the motions of what you have given me and post some results. I agree that this should have been addressed before the shoot but there were no stakes here. She is a friend and we shoot casually once a year. She just happens to have a wicked bad tan unfortunately. You all gave me a lot to mull over, thank you!


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Nov 04, 2016 00:05 |  #8

I took a shot at it: Just painted in a darker skin layer where necessary.



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Nov 04, 2016 09:55 |  #9

I adjusted using curves layers w/ masks...


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Nov 04, 2016 11:29 |  #11

Alot of info in this thread! Thanks for sharing.. I will play with these techniques later!


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Nov 06, 2016 01:16 |  #12

Sometimes I'll mask in the original over a b/w convo:


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Other times I'll use the paint brush in saturation mode to help equalize the areas.

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