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Dealing with red blotchy skin?

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Old 02-21-2010, 06:59 PM
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Re: Dealing with red blotchy skin?

This is a realistic portrait. You can't change this men's type (irish type) to something completely different. Althought there may be other techniques too and the amount of reducing the red is a matter of taste and the hue shift is a good idea too to reduce redness.

But using desaturation as mentioned here mmultiple times isn't exactly a good idea for several reasons.
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Old 02-21-2010, 07:29 PM
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Re: Dealing with red blotchy skin?

...just higher amount of correction using "hue". But I think some life is gone now, althought there are clearly natural redish areas left in the face...
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Old 02-21-2010, 09:01 PM
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Re: Dealing with red blotchy skin?

Rather than desaturating, I thought adding a bit of yellow while leaving the red (magenta) component alone would add a golden tone without totally eliminating the base red tones.
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Old 02-21-2010, 11:31 PM
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Re: Dealing with red blotchy skin?

The main problems are that your image is too dark and has too much red overall. Here's what I did in PS:

-Assign profile sRGB
-Curves>Auto (option+click the "Auto" button and make sure Snap Neutral Midtones is checked). Then raise the midpoint of the composite channel to lighten further.
-Selective Color. In the Red channel add cyan.
-Blank layer set to Hue blend mode. Sample color from center of forehead and with a soft low opacity brush paint that color over the red blotches.

After that he blotchiness that remains is no longer color but luminosity, which would require dodging and burning to even out. That I did not do.
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