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Old 07-24-2007, 10:54 AM
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Hi does anyone know of any techniques that are used get even skin color throughout a image, where only the tint of the color changes?

I am not talking about dodge and burn to even skin am talking about color tone.

I've seen this technique in many magazine and high fasion ads

Like on this great Amy dresser retouch
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Old 07-24-2007, 12:23 PM
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Re: Even color skin tones?

Lee Varis in his book SKIN discusses some methods. Sybex is the publisher and can be found at:

www.sybex.com

Whether these techniques are those used in the picture you posted, I don't know, but they might be helpful.


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Old 07-24-2007, 03:53 PM
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Re: Even color skin tones?

use tools like selective colour, hue saturation to remove Magenta and Cyans out of masked areas
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Old 07-27-2007, 06:42 PM
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Hey Shelby... How have you been.. Like your new icon... Very Nice.
Hope all is well
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Old 07-27-2007, 10:06 PM
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Re: Even color skin tones?

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Lee Varis in his book SKIN discusses some methods. Sybex is the publisher and can be found at:

www.sybex.com

Whether these techniques are those used in the picture you posted, I don't know, but they might be helpful.


dc
Dresser's doing more than just balancing skin tones, but one technique that can be effective, particularly if you have uneven reds, is to use a selective color layer, pull magenta and add yellow to the reds, pull yellow and add magenta to the yellows, and add a touch of cyan to both. If the contrast is already to your liking, do this in color mode rather than normal.
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Old 07-29-2007, 02:22 PM
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Re: Even color skin tones?

You can still use dodge and burn to even color tone. Chris Tarantino has a section in Katrin Eismann's Book explaining how it works. Basically, you sample the color from different park of a person's skin and paint with that on the neutral layer to offset the color shifts. That's a great book to have around the workstation.
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Old 07-30-2007, 03:13 AM
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Thanks for the tips Shellby and Edgework ill give that a try
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Old 07-30-2007, 09:32 PM
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Re: Even color skin tones?

What is a Neutral Layer?
I usually do this but on a Color blend mode layer.
How do you paint on a Neutral layer.
You mean a Blank layer?
Thanks for more info..
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:03 PM
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Re: Even color skin tones?

Technically there isn't such a thing as a Neutral Layer. What Pixel Monkey means is to do your dodging and burning on a new layer set to Soft Light or Overlay blend mode. (To all intents and purposes these two blend modes have almost the same effect on an image except that Overlay is stronger that Soft Light.) Now fill the layer with a Neutral color e.g. 50% gray. 50% gray has no effect on Overlay or Soft Light mode and ,therefore, it is not necessary to even use this step. The only purpose it serves is to provide a background for your retouching. White and black show up clearly on a gray background (turn off all your other layers, except your D&B layer to see this effect) whereas you won't see much if you put them on a transparent background.
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Old 07-30-2007, 11:05 PM
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Re: Even color skin tones?

Snook, Add a layer, and fill it with 50% gray, (Neutral Color). Set the layer mode to soft light. Paint with white or black using a small brush set for about 50% hardness, and low opacity. About 10-20%. This is also know as a non-destructive way of dodging and burning.
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