Photoshop Tip of the week #12: SKIN TONES introduction

MCP Actions Website | MCP Flickr Group | MCP Reviews

MCP Actions Quick Purchase


The main thing people who read my blog have been asking me about is how to balance color/color correct. I will be discussing this in the weeks ahead. To start, I want to explain skin tone/coloring. Much of this information was from reading books and articles on skin tone. This information is not something I came up with on my own…To measure your skin tone colors, go under window and then info. It will bring up a dialog box with RGB and CMYK values. You just need to look at the CYMK (cyan, magenta, yellow).

The main goal with skin is to keep the yellow % higher than the magenta %. Fair skin can be as low as 15-20% magenta and 20-25% yellow, while a person with a tan or deeper skin color may be 35-45 magenta and 60% yellow. Magenta should rarely ever go past the 45% mark.


Now for cyan. Usually for a nice skin tone, you will want the cyan to be 35-45% of the magenta %. So if magenta if at 40%, cyan could be around 14-18%.


*** To measure skin tones – take the eye dropper tool, and click on the skin. It will then put the numbers in the info box.If your skin is off, I will be showing ways to correct color in upcoming weeks, so stay tuned.

I will be explaining: color balance, selective color, hue/saturation, and using levels and curves to adjust color.

Jodi Friedman, MCP Actions

Jodi Friedman is the founder of MCP Actions. She designs popular Photoshop actions and Lightroom presets that make editing faster, easier and more fun.

More Posts - Website

Follow Me:
TwitterFacebookPinterestGoogle Plus


  1. 3

    Tiffany says

    Thanks so much, Jodi for posting the link from Eddie Tapp, I’m trying to learn skin too but never had the urge, so now I will have more resources…made you as my link in my site so I can check you out!!! thanks so much!!!

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <s> <strike> <strong>