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Spot Correction Method

You can use spot skin tone correction in two situations:

1) You want to warm up the color of a shadow on the subject's face.

2) You want to change the skin tone, but not the color of the rest of the photograph.

The other skin tone correction methods change the color of the entire photograph.

For example, in the photograph below, if you remove red from the face, using the other methods, the woman's bright red dress will be slightly muted.

Masks or Selections

In the tutorial below, a mask is used to limit a skin tone correction to just the face.

You can use a selection tool instead of a mask.

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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.

Spot Correction

3) Use the R > G > B Skin Tone Correction Method or another method.

The above method employs both a Levels adjustment layer and a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.

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4) Fill the mask in the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer with black.

Do the following.

a) Make sure the Hue/Saturation adjustment layer is active (highlighted).

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b) Make sure the foreground color is black.

If you haven't already, go to Foreground & Background Colors.

c) Press Alt + Backspace (or Delete).

The white mask in the layer is now black.

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5) Select the Brush tool.

Use a brush with a feathered edge, and leave the opacity setting at 100%.

If you haven't already done so, go to Feathered Brush.

Make sure the foreground color is white.

If you haven't already, go to Foreground & Background Colors.

6) Brush where you want to change the color.

If the eye color will be changed, avoid brushing in the eyes.

The brushing with white removes the black mask.

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The color change can now "show," but only in the white area, where the black mask was removed.

The Results

Note

The difference between the non-mask and masked versions of the photograph was far more evident when viewing the photographs before processing for display on this web page.

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Original

No Mask:

Color Changed Everywhere

Mask:

Color Changed Only on the Face

R: 253

G: 153

B: 98

 

R: 248

G: 153

B: 91

 

R: 248

G: 153

B: 91

 
 

Yellow and red were reduced

everywhere on the photograph.

Yellow and red were reduced

only in the face.

Saving the Photograph

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