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Photoshop Lesson - How To Change Skin Color - Edit Skin Tone

Updated on March 7, 2012

Adobe Photoshop is by far the most popular tool used to edit graphics, images and photos. Many graphic designers as well as professional and amateur photographers use this program, and functions like: layers with masks, color spaces, ICC profiles, transparency, text, alpha channels and spot colors, clipping paths, and duotone settings. If that sounds confusing to you, don't worry. I am going to give you some basic and easy to follow instructions that will help you complete simple tasks using Photoshop. It is actually quite simple to use Photoshop, the hard part is knowing what tools to use, and how to use them. I had to learn this through trial and error, I am going to give you a head start.

Project 5 : Change Skin Color In this lesson I will teach you how to edit images, changing the skin color and skin tone.If you want to add a sun tan, make the skin darker, or remove a tan and give yourself a lighter skin color, we will cover all that in this tutorial. We will take an image and adjust the skin color, giving it the desired affect, and the tone that you prefer. This will allow you to enhance your profile pictures, and make sure you look your absolute best. You can also use this technique to make your skin look smoother and hide blemishes. Please use the video attached to help walk you through the instructions given in this article.

Step 1 : With Photoshop open, see the top left menu, click "file", then select "open", and load the image that you would like to edit from your computer.

Step 2 : See the far left menu, select the magic wand tool "it looks like a wand", use the magic wand to select the area that you wish to change the skin tone, once you have selected the area you intend to change, you will also need to select areas that you do not want changed (such as teeth and eyes). Press ALT, and you should see a minus sign appear on the top left menu that displays the brush. Select the area that is not to be changed.

Step 3 : Using your mouse, right click, then select "refine edge", this will allow you to adjust the selection of the area you have highlighted to be edited.

Step 4 : Now moving to the menu to your bottom right, select the color balance layers, and adjust the colors accordingly. You can also use the "opacity" tool, located on the layers menu, and you can increase or decrease the opactity.

Step 5 : Click on "color balance" on the layers menu, select curves, using the mouse you can adjust the curves to reach desired affect.

Step 6 : Click on the second to last icon at the bottom right of the layers menu, and create a blank layer. Fill the blank layer with a solid color, then select "layers, blend mode, soft light". Use the mask layer and adjust the opacity to reach desired affect.

Step 7 : You can use a soft brush with a hardness of zero to touch up your image, then you are done.


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      Clipping Path India 

      4 years ago from United Kingdom

      Great one! But there is another easy way to change skin tone, that I used to take in my works about regularly.

      Just go the Layer-Layer Mask- Reveal All. Change Blend mode to Soft Light.

      Now take bush tool with 100% opacity, o% hardness and choose foreground color whatever you need.

      Finally, draw on your object and reduce the layer opacity.

    • thranax profile image


      6 years ago from Rep Boston MA

      Good hub, accompanied by a great video!


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      Nusrat Uddin 

      8 years ago

      Nice very intrensting gooddddddddddddddd thanks


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