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How To Fix Uneven Skin Tones

Hello my friends in today’s video is gonna be really brief I’m gonna show you guys how to kind of do really quick color correction and yeah just really just color correction actually just an affinity photo

So here’s a photo that I’m currently working on and retouching this is kind of how far I’ve gone in about 20 minutes but in today’s video I’m just gonna show you guys how to fix some of the uneven colors in saturation and we’re just gonna hop right in so the photo is already loaded up in affinity photo I recorded a video on how to import tips from your computer into affinity photo so if you’re if you’re a little bit confused on how to do that you can refer to that

video but so the photo is loaded up this is a photo that I took maybe about a month ago with my creative team to serve model serie and I’m just working on retouching this images as we speak right now so this is sort of the after when it comes to fixing the color I’m going to kind of zoom in and show you guys specifically what I’m talking about on unfixing here today so you’ll notice in this group as I turn on and off and I enable and disable this group right here the visibility of that you’ll notice that the color between the her face right here versus her her

collarbone and her chest and her shoulders the the could not only the colors different but then also the saturation is different the biggest thing that happens what causes this is when light hits part of our face or the subject it tends to reduce the saturation and increase the luminosity of that area and then as life drops off and there’s natural fall-off in the light the areas that the light isn’t hitting hitting as much is gonna be usually more saturated and it’s also gonna be darker which when you complement those two different things one’s gonna have less

saturation the other one’s gonna have more saturation is gonna be darker and our goal when we’re editing and retouching images is actually good and really be able to fix that so that’s really why that happens and that’s why you’ll see on the unedited section her face up here is a lot brighter and lighter tone than her chest down here because I was using Beauty dish there’s natural fall-off from the center of the beauty dish downwards and that would cause saturation down in this area be greater because it’s the skin in that area is technically darker it’s a little bit

lower on the exposure bracket side then her faces because the beauty dish was pointed at her face so how we’re gonna go about fixing this so first and foremost I’m using using a technique called frequency separation which I will do another video on how to do that long story short I’m using frequency separation it’s already separated into the high texture in the low texture but I will say refer to the video that I’ll be doing here shortly on frequency separation but what you’re gonna be doing though is an affinity photo since they updated it you’re gonna hit this

plus you’re gonna go to new fill layer okay so the first thing we need to fix is a saturation so what you’re gonna do you’re gonna leave the fill layer on solid type fill content is is gonna just be selected there you can leave that as default gonna go over here to the color you’re gonna go to the color wheel this guy right here so it opens up the color wheel you’re gonna go over into gray sliders and you’re gonna make the the gray point 50% so what you’re doing by setting the gray slider to 50% 50% is neutral gray and in photography terms neutral gray is going to

remove and know basically all the saturation color luminosity of the layer that’s below it so we’re actually gonna use that to our advantage to set this to a color layer and then basically adjust the opacity so that we are neutralizing the tones so basically we’re gonna do you’re gonna set that to 50% gray go over here and then you’re gonna drop the opacity we’re gonna set this right here first and foremost because we’re gonna fix saturation we’re gonna set this up here to saturation so what this is gonna do is basically it’s going to null out and desaturate the

entire image the only thing is though that we don’t want this to be applied to the entire image we only want it to be applied to the area that’s more saturated so we’re reintroducing we’re going to set this temporarily to 40 percent or 50 percent and then we’re gonna go over here go back to our layer we’re gonna hit the plus key empty mask layer we’re gonna do now is go over to the brushes panel and you’re going to paint with white the width let’s say we’re gonna use brush of 200 sighs and then we’re just gonna paint the area that we want to desaturate which

is gonna be her chest right here so we’re just gonna kind of paint I’m gonna do this really roughly even when I’m doing my retouching for my actual images always rough you you’re welcome to do professional selecting techniques if you want it to be more accurate but I’d rather just do it quickly and just get the job done and move on my life so I just do a really rough it’s just kind of like this right here and then now we’re gonna go back to our layers panel we’re gonna open up the group hit our dots and we’re gonna just kind of adjust the saturation to the point

where her face and her chest they look similar in terms of saturation how much color is actually there and the the I guess the level of color it really is what it’s going to be but and I’m gonna put that roughly at like let’s say 25% so so that’s one way to fix the difference in saturation so now her face and her chest there they have the same amount of amount of color the next thing that we have to do to also color correct the issue here because what you’ll notice is that down in these areas it’s kind of like a little bit more red compared to up here which is a little bit

more like in a middle tone brownish orange a yellow color so the next thing we have to do is basically to fix and nullify the colors as well so we’re gonna go back over here one thing I’m gonna do just to make this a little bit easier what I’m gonna actually do is duplicate this layer that I just made that has that saturation fix that we just did so I’m gonna duplicate that and then what I’m gonna do is go into our three pans and I’m gonna actually change this to color and now what I’m gonna do is I’m going to go right here into the fill go back into our color selection and

then what you’re gonna do is select a middle point color so picking the color the color wheel here is selecting a middle point and we’re gonna make sure this is set to CMYK sliders so it actually does that color which is there I just went down the recent colors it didn’t select it automatically all right and we will be good there and then we’re going to this is still on saturation so we’re gonna actually the delete this mask unfortunately and then we’re going to paint the new color using a paintbrush tool so we’re gonna paint some of that right here a whoops

strands back on and we’re gonna paint the color here so basically what we’re doing we’re painting over all the areas that we want to fix in terms of color so we’re going to paint that specific areas that we want to fix which is gonna be there and again doing this super rough cuz it’s not that big of a deal that it’s super ghetto and rough like that really doesn’t matter that much and then we’re gonna go up to here and we’re gonna set this to color and then same thing as before we’re going to basically adjust the opacity to a point where the her face and her

shoulders they look like the same not only saturation but same color as well so this would be a pretty good starting point for that in my opinion maybe like 15 percent we’re probably great and then now you’ve nullified and you’ve cleared out the uneven and evenness in terms of saturation in color between those two areas so I’m going to group these real quick so you can kind of see what we were able to do I think that was original group so we’re gonna do is to do that and we’re gonna prove those and then now you can see the before and after all right

there that’s before and after it’s actually selecting the wrong one but yes basically that’s what happened there but yes that’s the before and after so before after four after four after we just nullified and fix all those colors so that’s basically one technique on how to do this I will do be doing future videos on how to do other techniques to do the same thing as well this is just one way that I found how to do this in both affinity photo and Photoshop which I’ll be doing future videos on how to do other techniques to accomplish the same thing here but that kind of

wraps up today’s video I hope that was beneficial and helpful for you guys as all hit that saturated subscribe button down below and while you’re down there actually mouse over it hit that that Bell button as well so you can stay tuned as and get notifications when we drop the next latest videos and outside of that state to our channel if you have any comments questions concerns you’d like to see something that we have the skill set and the capabilities to do on our Channel by all means drop that isn’t in terms of a comment or reach out to us on social media

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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.