Adjusting RGB Flesh Tones

Step One:

Open che photo you corrected with Curves earlier If che whole image appears too red. skip this seep and go on to Step Three. However, if it's just the flesh cone areas that appear too red, get rhe lasso tool and make a selection around all the flesh tone areas in your photo. (Hold the Shift key to add other flesh tone areas co the selection, such as arms, hands, legs, etc.)

Step Two:

Next, go under the Sclcct menu and choose Feacher. Encer a Feacher Radius of 3 pixels, and chen click OK. By adding this feather, you're softening the edges of your selection, and this will keep you from having a hard visible edge show up where you made your adjustment.


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Step Three:

Go under the Image menu, under Adjustments, and choose Hue/Saturation. When the dialog appears, click and hold on the Edit pop-up menu and choose Red':, (as shown here) so you're just adjusting the reds in your photo (or in your selected areas if you put a selection around just the flesh tones).



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Step Four:

The rest is easy—you're simply going to reduce the amount of saturation so the flesh tones appear more natural. Drag the Saturation slider to the left (as shown) to reduce the amount of red. You'll be able to see the effect of removing the red as you lower the Saturation slider.

TIP: If you made a selection of the flesh tone areas, you might find it easier if you hide the selection border from view (that makes it easier to see what you're correcting) by pressing Command-H (PC: Control-H). This works even while the Hue/Saturation dialog is open. When the fles'n tones look right just click the OK button and you're set.








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Photoshop has had rwo automated color correction tools for some time now: Auto Levels and Auto Contrast. They're both pretty lame. But in Photoshop 7. Adobe introduced Auto Color, which is much better than either Auto Levels or Auto Contrast, but here we'll show you how to tweak Auto Color to get even better results, all with just one click.

Step One:

Open a photo that needs correcting, but you don't feel warrants taking your time for a full manual color correction using Curves.

Step Two:

Go under the Image menu, under Adjustments, and choose Auto Color to apply an auto correction to your photo. When you apply Auto Color, it just does its thing. It doesn't ask you to jnput numbers or make decisions— basically, it's a one-trick pony that tries to neutralize the highlight, midtone. and shadow areas of your photo. In some cases, it does a pretty darn decent job, in others, well...let's just say it falls a bit short. But in this tutorial, you'll learn how to supercharge Auto Color to get dramatically better results, and transform it from a "toy" into a real color-correction tool.


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  • christian
    How to adjusting rgb flesh tones tutorial?
    8 years ago

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