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Old 10-08-2011, 07:32 AM
pslearner pslearner is offline
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Skin and shadow color

Hi there! I come across this technique all the time. However, im struggling to grasp it!

I'm wondering how I can achieve this sort of color tones. The skin stays very natural, and the shadows magenta. It looks like out of a magazine and it's done a lot in fashion. I've tried all sort of layers such as solid colour, selective colour, curves... but nothing seems to be working. Any tips?

ps - i know that the photos have been taken in sunlight, however, i've seen this done in flat lighting too - i'm mainly interesting in the layer that can create this! I want the skin to look as natural as it can be with the tones of magenta in the shadows! also, the grass is very smooth and well balanced. please help!
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Old 10-08-2011, 09:30 AM
fraiseap fraiseap is offline
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Re: Skin and shadow color

This is split toning. the easiest way to do it, I find, is to open the image in ACR, go to the split toning window, tone the shadows a purple (not magenta) and tone the highlights a yellow/orange to balance it out. Then play with the saturation settings and the balance to get the skin tone natural. It is usually best to desaturate a bit as well.
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