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Skin Tone Samples

If you're working with skin tones a lot, do become familiar with their "numbers."

There are forty-two skin tone samples below.

By using the bar graphs and figures, the skin tones can be compared more easily.

In this section, each skin tone is analyzed individually.

To compare the skin tones side-by-side, go to the Skin Tone Samples Chart.

If you haven't already done so, go to Skin Tone Correction Guidelines.

Explanations

Here are explanations of the bar graphs and figures.

RGB Bar Graph

The RGB (red-green-blue) values are given for each skin tone, visually and numerically.

You can see how much of each ingredient is used for the skin tone.

As you read in Skin Tone Correction Guidelines:

• Red is greater than green.

• Green is greater than blue.

255

223

1196

Percent of Red

To make comparison of the RGB values easier, they've been reduced to what percent they are of the red value.

RGB Values:

255

223

196

Percent of Red:

100%

87%

77%

CMY Bar Graph

Photoshop Elements only supports RGB values, not CMY (cyan-magenta-yellow) values.

However, you should familiarize yourself with skin tone correction using CMY values.

Each CMY color represents the opposite value of its opposite RGB color (cyan/red, magenta, green, yellow, blue).

The actual CMY values are not given because conversion from RGB to CMY depends on the color profile of the device.

When using CMY values and skin tone correction, yellow is always greater than magenta, and magenta is always greater than cyan.

CMY:

 

0%

13%

23%

Two Tables

In the middle, there are two tables.

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

14%

% More Red than Green

14%

% More Green than Blue

The top table compares the quantity of:

• Red to green.

• Green to blue.

The math is (Red - Green)/Green and (Red - Blue)/Blue.

As described in Skin Tone Correction Guidelines, the green value often varies according to the group in which the subject may be found.

R Compared to G & B

13%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

23%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

The bottom table changes the percent of red figures described above.

Here, the percents reflect how much more red there is, than green and blue.

The range of values for Caucasian skin tones are given.

The math is 1 - (Green/Red) and 1 - (Blue/Red).

42 Skin Tones

The skin tones are arranged from the highest red value (255) to the lowest red value (0).

To compare the skin tones side-by-side, go to the Skin Tone Chart.

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

14%

% More Red than Green

14%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

13%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

23%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

255

223

196

Percent of Red:

100%

87%

77%

CMY:

Skin Tone #1

 

0%

13%

23%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

16%

% More Red than Green

24%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

14%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

30%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

255

220

178

Percent of Red:

100%

86%

70%

CMY:

Skin Tone #2

 

0%

14%

30%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

11%

% More Red than Green

14%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

10%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

21%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

253

228

200

Percent of Red:

100%

90%

79%

CMY:

Skin Tone #3

 

1%

11%

22%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

13%

% More Red than Green

12%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

11%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

21%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

240

213

190

Percent of Red:

100%

89%

79%

CMY:

Skin Tone #4

 

6%

16%

25%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

20%

% More Red than Green

0%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

17%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

16%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

240

200

201

Percent of Red:

100%

83%

84%

CMY:

Skin Tone #5

 

6%

22%

21%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

16%

% More Red than Green

15%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

13%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

25%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

238

206

179

Percent of Red:

100%

87%

75%

CMY:

Skin Tone #6

 

7%

19%

30%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

24%

% More Red than Green

20%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

19%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

33%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

234

189

157

Percent of Red:

100%

81%

67%

CMY:

Skin Tone #7

 

8%

26%

38%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

46%

% More Red than Green

45%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

32%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

53%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

231

158

109

Percent of Red:

100%

68%

47%

CMY:

Skin Tone #8

 

9%

38%

57%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

18%

% More Red than Green

28%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

15%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

34%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

229

194

152

Percent of Red:

100%

85%

66%

CMY:

Skin Tone #9

 

10%

24%

40%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

24%

% More Red than Green

29%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

20%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

38%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

229

184

143

Percent of Red:

100%

80%

62%

CMY:

Skin Tone #10

 

10%

28%

44%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

43%

% More Red than Green

39%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

30%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

50%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

229

160

115

Percent of Red:

100%

70%

50%

CMY:

Skin Tone #11

 

10%

37%

55%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

17%

% More Red than Green

56%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

15%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

45%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

227

194

124

Percent of Red:

100%

85%

55%

CMY:

Skin Tone #12

 

11%

24%

51%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

22%

% More Red than Green

20%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

18%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

32%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

225

184

153

Percent of Red:

100%

82%

68%

CMY:

Skin Tone #13

 

12%

28%

40%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

27%

% More Red than Green

34%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

21%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

41%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

224

177

132

Percent of Red:

100%

79%

59%

CMY:

Skin Tone #4

 

12%

31%

48%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

34%

% More Red than Green

42%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

26%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

48%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

223

166

117

Percent of Red:

100%

74%

52%

CMY:

Skin Tone #15

 

13%

35%

54%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

30%

% More Red than Green

35%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

23%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

43%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

222

171

127

Percent of Red:

100%

77%

57%

CMY:

Skin Tone #16

 

13%

33%

50%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

32%

% More Red than Green

5%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

24%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

28%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

221

168

160

Percent of Red:

100%

76%

72%

CMY:

Skin Tone #17

 

13%

34%

37%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

52%

% More Red than Green

43%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

34%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

54%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

219

144

101

Percent of Red:

100%

66%

46%

CMY:

Skin Tone #18

 

14%

44%

60%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

42%

% More Red than Green

33%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

30%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

47%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

208

146

110

Percent of Red:

100%

70%

53%

CMY:

Skin Tone #19

 

18%

43%

57%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

37%

% More Red than Green

21%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

27%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

40%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

206

150

124

Percent of Red:

100%

73%

60%

CMY:

Skin Tone #20

 

19%

41%

51%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

54%

% More Red than Green

100%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

35%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

67%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

203

132

66

Percent of Red:

100%

65%

33%

CMY:

Skin Tone #21

 

20%

48%

74%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

65%

% More Red than Green

40%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

39%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

57%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

198

120

86

Percent of Red:

100%

61%

43%

CMY:

Skin Tone #22

 

22%

53%

66%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

66%

% More Red than Green

90%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

40%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

68%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

189

114

60

Percent of Red:

100%

60%

32%

CMY:

Skin Tone #23

 

26%

55%

76%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

25%

% More Red than Green

26%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

20%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

37%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

189

151

120

Percent of Red:

100%

80%

63%

CMY:

Skin Tone #24

 

26%

41%

53%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

72%

% More Red than Green

48%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

42%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

61%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

186

108

73

Percent of Red:

100%

58%

39%

CMY:

Skin Tone #25

 

27%

58%

71%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

49%

% More Red than Green

14%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

33%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

41%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

185

124

109

Percent of Red:

100%

67%

59%

CMY:

Skin Tone #26

 

27%

51%

57%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

73%

% More Red than Green

22%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

42%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

53%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

173

100

82

Percent of Red:

100%

58%

47%

CMY:

Skin Tone #27

 

32%

61%

68%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

44%

% More Red than Green

8%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

30%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

36%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

168

117

108

Percent of Red:

100%

70%

64%

CMY:

Skin Tone #28

 

34%

54%

58%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

45%

% More Red than Green

31%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

31%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

47%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

165

114

87

Percent of Red:

100%

69%

53%

CMY:

Skin Tone #29

 

35%

55%

66%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

189%

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

35%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

0%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

165

57

0

Percent of Red:

100%

35%

0%

CMY:

Skin Tone #30

 

35%

78%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

22%

% More Red than Green

26%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

18%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

35%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

163

134

106

Percent of Red:

100%

82%

65%

CMY:

Skin Tone #31

 

36%

47%

58%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

1380%

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

93%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

100%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

148

10

0

Percent of Red:

100%

.07%

0%

CMY:

Skin Tone #32

 

42%

96%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

-

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

97%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

100%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

135

4

0

Percent of Red:

100%

3%

0%

CMY:

Skin Tone #33

 

47%

98%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

-

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

100%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

100%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

123

0

0

Percent of Red:

100%

0%

0%

CMY:

Skin Tone #34

 

52%

100%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

-

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

99%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

99%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

113

1

1

Percent of Red:

100%

1%

1%

CMY:

Skin Tone #35

 

56%

100%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

72%

% More Red than Green

14%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

42%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

49%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

112

65

57

Percent of Red:

100%

58%

51%

CMY:

Skin Tone #36

 

56%

75%

78%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

300%

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

75%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

100%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

100

25

0

Percent of Red:

100%

25%

0%

CMY:

Skin Tone #37

 

61%

90%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

64%

% More Red than Green

4%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

39%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

41%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

92

56

54

Percent of Red:

100%

61%

59%

CMY:

Skin Tone #38

 

64%

78%

79%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

-

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

100%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

99%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

90

0

1

Percent of Red:

100%

0%

1%

CMY:

Skin Tone #39

 

65%

100%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

-

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

-

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

-

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

67

0

0

Percent of Red:

100%

0%

0%

CMY:

Skin Tone #40

 

74%

100%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

-

% More Red than Green

-

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

100%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

100%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

56

0

0

Percent of Red:

100%

0%

0%

CMY:

Skin Tone #41

 

78%

100%

100%

R Compared to G

G Compared to B

4%

% More Red than Green

0%

% More Green than Blue

R Compared to G & B

4%

Green Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 20% - 25%)

4%

Blue Percentage of Red

(Caucasian: 33% - 50%)

RGB Values:

48

46

46

Percent of Red:

100%

96%

96%

CMY:

Skin Tone #42

 

81%

82%

82%