Graphics & Design: Skintone and Blemishes Tutorial.

For this tutorial, we looked at the different ways we could manipulate skintone and blemishes on a portrait when using Photoshop. The idea of this tutorial was to achieve a pleasing skintone without having to keep the skintone looking even all over, to get this it is a matter of keeping the yellow values higher than the magenta values that are situated in the photograph. We also learnt how to make skintone look paler and darker than the model’s actually was. The second part of the tutorial was to look at hiding blemishes and red spots by making them blend in together with the even skintone to help achieve a smooth complexion. I found this tutorial to be a really big help to my knowledge in Photoshop as I have never learnt to do such techniques, the alternatives that I used to hide blemishes was to airbursh and blur until they were virtually non-visible, or I would repeat the same technique in another program such a Gimp. I didn’t particularly have a problem with any of the tutorial tasks given, although finding an appropriate image for such a tasks was slightly challenging as I don’t usually photograph people, some recent images that I obtained from a fashion shoot I did came in handy after all.

Examples of Skinton and Blemishes Techniques:

Guide to a pleasing skintone: The guide to a pleasing skintone is very simple compared to other techniques, as it two steps to reducing the magenta levels so that they are lower than the yellow values. My aim for this photograph is to make my model look paler, as she already has a dark skintone and unfortunately in the shot it has resulted in her skintone looking too dark and gives off an orange appearance. I am going to show how the same tutorial I learnt in my lecture can also be used as an alternative to making skintones look paler than they actually are.

 Firstly, open up Photoshop with your chosen photograph. Then go on to Image> Adjustments Levels. A small window appears and will look like the example below,  choose the Blue Channel and for the Input Level choose the middle one and set it as 0.90 on the menu.

The next step is to then to go Image> Adjustments> Hue /Saturation. Again, a menu will appear and this is where you choose Red Channel from the menu and then push the Saturation Slider to your approval. This should result in either a paler or darker skintone, depending on your chosen outcome.

Final Outcome:

 The final result is a Paler and more natural even looking skintone.


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