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Old 03-11-2005, 04:14 PM
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red skin problem

Hi everyone, I am working (trying) on a wedding picture of my brother. The skin is very red. I need help. It seems to me there is too much red in the entire picture, but when I reduce the red in the picture using levels, I still have skin that is too red. I have tried selecting the skin with a lasso tool and then reducing the red using "selective colour". When I do all of this my brother and his wife have a "dead" look to their skin. Is there a better way to fix this picture?
Your help would be wonderful!!!

Karyn
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Old 03-11-2005, 04:37 PM
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add a little green instead of reducing red
it will keep it warm....but watch for colour casting in your whites and neutral tones

it looks more magenta than red to me
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:35 PM
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Tried a technique that I lovelingly call Hue Squish.
Simple idea, but kind of involved to do.
Going to wait awhile to see some other solutions.
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Old 03-11-2005, 06:46 PM
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Hi Karyn, I sampled some of the mid tone skin, and noted RGB values, then took RGB values from a skin swatch. Used a Curves adj layer to alter skin values of picture to those from swatch. Had to modify this slightly, as it pulled some of the other colours. This may result in a skin that is less than it was, but more than you want. If this is the case, simple masking will enable a more radical curves layer to be used.
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Old 03-11-2005, 07:40 PM
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I didn't use Hue Squish. I used Saturation Squish. Changed to CMYK to increase the Cyan which reduces the ruddy nature of the image. Used normal caucasian skin tone values plus a bit more cyan because they both appear to be well tanned. Sampled some surrounding good skin tone and painted away some of the red hot spots like the nose and her back.

Dave
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Old 03-12-2005, 07:50 AM
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The red channel needed correction (obviously) so I copied the green channel into the red channel. Then did some tweaking of levels. I did a color selection AL on the whites and painted in a mask of the brides gown, veil, teeth and eyes and the grooms collar, pocket hankie etc.

I cloned out the twigs that were in the foreground and did a little clone/healing brush on the faces, hands and arms. I didn't spend much time on the cloning since the color adjustment was the main target of this exercize.
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Old 03-12-2005, 08:22 AM
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Thanks to Duv who showed me this method awhile back.

1. Image>duplicate
2. Changed to CMYK made adjustments, adding Cyan, reducing Magenta,
making sure Yellow value was greater than Magenta.
3. Still in CMYK, made a Hue/Sat adjustment layer and adjusted individual
colors there.
4. Flattened, selected all, copied
5. Pasted into the RGB duplicated background image.

k
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Old 03-12-2005, 09:04 AM
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Ken, great job on the skin..much better than mine. Comparing the two, I think I've got too much Cyan. You've retained a warmer feel than mine which goes well for the time of day. Was wondering though when you dragged the CMYk corrected onto the RGB original, did you change the blend mode to color to resolve the luminosity issue? Just wondering. It does look fine as is.

Dave
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:03 AM
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Well, I like the warmth in your work, Ken. Great job!
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Old 03-12-2005, 11:39 AM
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I kneel at the feet of the masters.

Duv, I didn't change to Color Blend, but left it as Normal.

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