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Color Variations Method


 Color Variations is not available in Photoshop Elements 12 and later versions.

You can use Color Variations for skin tone correction.

Be sure to check off as you go along.


1) Preserve your original file.

If you haven't already done so, go to Preserve Your Original File.

2) Create a Background copy layer.

If you haven't already done so, go to Create a Background Copy Layer.

Color Variations

1) Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Color Variations.


2) In the lower-left corner of the Color Variations window, do the following.

a) Make sure Midtones is selected.

Skin tones are located in the midtones.


b) Move the the Adjust Color Amount slider to the left.

The amount of correction needed for a skin tone is usually minimal.

3) Click the thumbnails to increase or decrease a color.

For easy comparison, the Color Variations window displays both the original and the edited versions side-by-side.

To increase or decrease the amount of a color, more, click the color again.


Cyan, Magenta, & Yellow

Most often you'll be changing magenta and yellow.

Occasionally, you may have to change cyan.

But, there are no buttons for these colors.

Do the following.

To add cyan, click Decrease Red.
To subtract cyan, click Increase Red.
To add magenta, click Decrease Green.
To subtract magenta, click Increase Green.
To add yellow, click Decrease Blue.
To subtract yellow, click Increase Blue..

Undo, Redo, & Reset/

Click Undo once, or multiple times, to undo changes.

After undoing a change, click Redo once or multiple times for each change you want to redo.

Click Reset Image, or click the Before image, to return to the original photograph.


In the example below, magenta was subtracted by clicking the Increase Green button once.

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Original One Click of the Increase Green Thumbnail

Saving the Photograph

If you haven't already done so, go to Saving Files.