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Adjust Color for Skin Tone Method

Be sure to check off as you go along.

Preparation

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.

Adjust Color for Skin Tone Method

3) Go to Enhance > Adjust Color > Adjust Color for Skin Tone.

The Adjust Color for Skin Tone window will open.

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4) Place the Eyedropper cursor on a representative location on the subject's face, often on the forehead.

5) Make sure the area is:

• An unblemished area.

• Without glare.

• Without makeup other than a foundation, such as rouge on a cheek.

• Not being illuminated by light bouncing off of a colored hat or colorful clothing.

6) Click.

That's it.

You're done.

If the result isn't satisfactory, try clicking another area.

With each click, the tool averages the skin tone further.

If the result is unacceptable, click the Reset button to start over.

If you want to click on various locations, without averaging, press and hold Ctrl as you click the tool.

Caution

While the tool is adjusting the skin tone, it's also adjusting the overall color.

After using the tool, evaluate the non-skin tone color in your photograph.

Comparison

The Adjust Color for Skin Tone Method photograph below was flipped horizontally for easier comparison.

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Original Adjust Color for Skin Tone Method

Here's another comparison format.

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Original Adjust Color for Skin Tone Method

If you want to fine tune the automatic adjustment, you can:

• Adjust browns in the skin tone with the Tan slider.

• Adjust reds in the skin tone with the Blush slider.

• Use the Ambient Light slider to change the overall color balance of the photograph.

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Saving the Photograph

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