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Old 09-07-2012, 06:41 PM
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Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

Hi Everyone,

I'm familiar with dodge and burn to even skin, however I'm left with very even skin tone colors.

What the best method to even skin tone colors?
This image is an example of what I mean
(image is not mine)

http://fc06.deviantart.net/fs71/i/20...ev-d52hpvc.jpg

The skin tones colors are very smooth and even.

Thanks in advance for any help provided.
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:25 PM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

What is the type of image you want to alter, do you have an example?
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Old 09-07-2012, 07:25 PM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

A method Amy Dresser demonstrated in one of her videos here is to sample a good skin area, make a fill layer set to that color, set the blend mode to color and opacity to 5%-20%, and then mask out the non-skin areas.
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Old 09-08-2012, 06:52 PM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

There is actually quite a variation in skin colour in this image, noticeably in the fall-off near the edges. Having said that, Gradient Mapping is often used to achieve skin colour consistency, and can be effective provided it is applied subtly, otherwise you get an artificial 'colourised' look.
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Old 09-08-2012, 11:14 PM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

Sample two areas of the skin, a darker color and a lighter color. Then, create a gradient map of that. You should have a tannish color, if not, invert it. Then apply a hide all mask and paint lightly.

Or if you really want it to be super consistent, use a hue/sat layer set to color with your desired skin tone.
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Old 09-09-2012, 08:06 PM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

A really easy fix is a custom gradient map on soft light blend @ 20%
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:04 AM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

The use of gradient maps for evening out skin tones caused quite a controversy and an extended debate can be found here:-
http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?th...1#post11739832
Like many similar issues, where an automatic fix is available it is easily abused, and should be used cautiously, with a light touch as ilikenoodles has suggested.

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Old 09-10-2012, 04:42 AM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

It would be more helpful if you could post an image showing a 'typical' problem area for you rather than what you want to achieve.

Rather than a gradient map it sounds rather more like you need a bandstop type operation, but without seeing it's tough to tell.
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Old 09-11-2012, 06:27 AM
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Re: Even Skin Tone Color - Help!

An alternative to the gradient mask (same math) is if you do your dodge/burn with color

50% gray layer in softlight mode
Sample good light skin color, keep color picker in HSB mode and adjust sat and lum to taste. Brush at 20/5 to dodge. Sample good dark skin color for burning. Changes in sat helps with skin color. Can all be done on a single layer.
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