Adjust Skin Tones With This
Photoshop ElementsTutorial

Adjust skin tones in your digital photos to make them look their best. Photoshop Elements has an easy one-click solution for adjusting flesh tones, which I will show you in this tutorial.

At my job I use the full version of Photoshop. A regular part of the retouching process that we do is to make sure the color is correct for peoples skin. We have a specific formula we use and it can be a little complex. But we are color correcting for commercial printing and often times working in a different color space.

In Photoshop Elements you are going to have to go by what you see on your monitor. You should make sure your monitor is showing you accurate color. See this article on how to calibrate your monitor. Once your sure you're seeing accurate color follow the steps in the tutorial below.

STEP 1
Open an image in Photoshop Elements that you want to adjust the skin tones in.

At first glance the skin tones look OK. But let's just see if we can't improve the color some.


STEP 2
Duplicate the Background layer by dragging it onto the Create a new layer icon at the top of the Layers palette or just press Control-J (Mac: Command-J) on the keyboard.

Now go to the Enhance menu and choose Adjust Color>Adjust Color for Skin Tone… A new dialog box will open.




STEP 3
In the Adjust Color for Skin Tone Dialog box. Notice the box where it says To Adjust Color for Skin Tones. Follow the 3 steps it gives.

When you click on an area of skin, if it's on the face, try to avoid areas like the cheeks which might have makeup to make them more red.

In the image below I clicked on the forehead. You can see where it set the sliders.

I was happy with the results I got so I just clicked OK and I was done. But you definitely can play around with the sliders until it looks just the way you want it.

Elements has included a Reset button in the dialog box so if it gets too wacked out you can easily go back to where it started at.




You can see from the before and after below that the photo actually had a slight blue cast. Now even the hair looks better and the photo has a warmer feel overall.



That wraps up this Photoshop Elements tutorial on how to adjust skin tones. See more Photoshop Elements tutorials by clicking on the link at the bottom of this page.

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Until next time,
Rick


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