Whether you are an amateur or a professional photographer, red skin tone is a problem that you’ll see in your photos quite often. Thanks to Photoshop, however, getting that perfect skin tone is just a few mouse-clicks away. In this tutorial, Aaron Nace shows us how to easily remove the dreaded red tone using Photoshop:
This before image shows the clearly visible redness around the nose area.
Steps to Correct Red Skin Tone
Most Photoshop users would be too happy to create an adjustment layer and then drag the hue/saturation slider around. This is not recommended as it can affect the entire image. If you change the hue/saturation you will affect the red that is present in other areas of the image besides the skin. As such, to correct the image (and to remove red tones around the nose, etc.) you will need to figure out a way to select only the areas that you wish to change:
- Create a new Hue/Saturation adjustment layer.
- In the layer properties, Select Master and select Red.
- Drag the saturation slider all the way to the right to get an indication of the areas that are most affected.
- Select the slider at the bottom of the Hue/Saturation dialogue and slide it left or right to zero in on the area that you need to work on. There are two sliders that basically work in tandem. Adjust the selection so that you can narrow it to the area that is most affected.
- Dragging the slider left or right will reveal the area that is most affected. This is your target area for correction.
- Bring the saturation back down to zero. You only boosted it to highlight the affected area.
- Now slide the Hue slider left or right to adjust the color. Keep adjusting till you see the affected areas beginning to match the skin tone of the rest of the face.
That’s it! Using this technique, skin tone adjustment is quick and simple.
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