Photoshop Tutorial: How to Match Skin Tones in Photoshop (Part 2)

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Distribution in human skin color is often times unevenly distributed as it is influenced by the weather or the color of surrounding objects caused by light reflection.

As the air temperature is high, then certain parts of the face will look red and shiny with sweat. This course will look less good in the photos.

As I have mentioned in previous articles, there are many techniques to correct the problem above in Photoshop.

Each technique has its advantages and disadvantages so we have to choose which technique suits your needs and complexity encountered.

Suppose if we are required to improve skin color in a few tens of photos of an event, is there a quick and effective way?

The answer is Yes and will be explained in this tutorial.

  1. The first thing you need to do is to take the example of natural-looking skin tones using the eyedropper tool (press I). For a more accurate color samples, use large number of Sample Size i.e 31 by 31 average.mismatch-skintone-before13
  2. Then select soft brush with 0% hardness and appropriate sizes according to the coverage area that will be repaired. What is important, use a low flow rate (under 5%) so that edits will look natural and evenly.mismatch-skintone-before14
  3. Last and most important step, select the layer blending mode to Color to make improvements occur only on skin color alone, do not change the skin luminosity.mismatch-skintone-before12
  4. Rub gently brush on a different area of skin until evenly distributed. If this problem occurs on the edge of the face, use selection tools (Quick selection tool or the Pen Tool) corresponding to the degree of difficulty. Examples of final results with this technique can be seen in the following photos.mismatch-skintone-before11
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