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A Proven Workflow To Easily Fix Uneven Skin Tones

Last Updated on November 1, 2020 by Devaun Lennox

In today’s video I’m going to show you guys in a few simple steps how to fix uneven tones in Photoshop

Alright so here we are in Adobe Photoshop this is the image on screen that we’re gonna be fixing today and I’m gonna show you guys the before and after so let’s tab over and I will show you guys ultimately what we’re doing here and what the issue was so if I undo this and this was just a very quick fix I didn’t want to do the selections perfectly because I’m not that’s not really the goal is to so I’m doing selections but if you guys will let me zoom in here you guys will notice that this area right here is kind of really pink and it has a lot of rosacea so the goal when I

say fixing uneven tones or colors you know uneven skin tones that kind of stuff this is kind of what I’m referring to there’s a lot of different nomenclature when it comes to fixing on the even tones sometimes that could be brightness or maybe like these shadows and highlights on a person’s skin but it’s for today’s videos fix its fixing discoloration is really what we’re doing so that’s what we’re gonna be fixing and really just like two simple steps so first and foremost is identifying the problem and being okay like okay relative to all the the rest of this image this

this chest area is just way to paint it’s too it’s too red everything else is kind of like this neutral gray and brownish kind of cream color so identifying the problem so we’ve identified that so we’re gonna set up a new layer we’re gonna use our brush tool so hit B and we’re going to basically select an area that we think has the color of the skin that we would prefer to be so we can do somewhere over here we can do up here on the cheek but ultimately you’re going to use the Alt key and you’re gonna use the ink dropper and select an area that you think has a

better color for where you want to basically paint over the area that’s discolored or if it has some issues so we’re going to then go back over here to our blend modes for our layers and we’re going to go to color and what we’re essentially going to do is we’re going to paint in that area that we need to that we need to address in terms of color now we have to work through this in a couple of different ways just because it’s not just color alone it’s also it’s also going to be saturation as well but essentially what you’re gonna do is just paint in the areas that you

think just need to be addressed okay and I’ll show you guys before and after there okay so now we’ve addressed the color aspect now the biggest thing here is now we’re gonna have to ultimately fix and play around with the saturation and make sure the saturation of this area is the way that it needs to be as far as making sure it looks cohesive with the rest of the image so the next thing we’re gonna do is we’re shooting to go create a new layer we’re gonna go to the blend mode and change that to saturation instead and now we’re gonna pick an area another

skin tone in the frame that has the saturation that we want it so that could be anywhere this is gonna be something you’re gonna have to kind of play around with inevitably there’s no really easy ways to do this but essentially where you induce paint over and now that’s 2d saturated so I picked the wrong area let me get an area over here that has a little bit more saturation that was a little bit of a wrong color somewhere over here maybe yeah that should be okay and then you’re gonna pick an area that has the right amount of saturation that you’re looking for

this is something that’s going to be a little bit of trial and error just because there’s a lot of different radiations and differences of color as you’re using the ink dropper so it’s gonna be a little bit of trial and error to find something that looks suitable but essentially it doesn’t it’d be perfect or just going to do that so I’ll show you the before and after very subtle difference but it ended up bringing a little bit of the reds now if you if you fill it still think like okay this is still 2d saturated what you can do is do a new light layer you can actually just use your brush tool

and you can go over here to your color picker and then you can go into let’s say a brownish kind of yellowish tone and do something like this and then specifically add that color on changes to saturation specifically add that specific color which that wasn’t that was in saturated

enough so okay we’ll go down over here kind of add that color add that that color back in that saturation back in that we are missing add that back in and then basically purposely decrease the opacity until you get a amount of saturation that you think is more natural and sufficient I

think that’s actually fine so we can kind of leave it somewhere around here okay now let’s group those layers together we’re gonna do shift a or shift select and then ctrl or command G and then group those together and I’ll show you the before and after so we’ve addressed that now that we have our skin tones more cohesive across the entire the entirety of the frame now we can use basically adjustment layers as far as HSL or color balance or color mixer or curves to then change the entirety of the skin tones to reflect our specific style but this is the first and

foremost the the step that you have to take to make sure you get all the skin tones more even before you start changing the skin tones to make them more red or more yellow but I’ll you know I’ll show you guys that right now so what we do is just go into Red’s if I’m gonna be using HSL to saturation luminance and then we just increase the saturation of the whole thing and then we can change the saturation to like something over here and then now it’s a lot more even than it was before and I will continue to group those and then now you guys can see that

before and after so like now the entire frame obviously you know I would still retouch this area and fix that but you guys can see the before and after of this entire area just being very pink and having that color and then now it’s it’s more in alignment with the rest of it granted I still think it looks a little bit decent D saturated so I’d still work on it a little bit more but essentially that is what you do those are the steps that you take and then you just kind of you know play around with I wouldn’t do the master but you just play around with the reds and yellows and

you get to a point that you think that you’re happy with that would be too much but yes essentially you’re being somewhere over there and then you just kind of play and then you get to a final image so you know I hope this added some value you guys I hope this was a little bit insight on fixing and tackling this specific issue in Photoshop there are a lot of ways to do this technique but this is just kind of the way that I found over the years to be the most effective way to do this I probably will do a future video explaining some of the other techniques just I

forget if you guys are curious but I will show you guys some of the other ones as well but as always if you’re new here please consider subscribing if you haven’t already definitely we have some awesome content coming up soon please like and comment on this video let me know if I missed anything in the comments down below I’d love to answer your questions and let’s start a discussion and until the next time on the next video my friends peace out take care

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Devaun Lennox

I'm a fashion, beauty, and commercial photographer turned impromptu photojournalist. Based in Las Vegas, my images are graphic, bold, and full-on contrast.