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Photoshop Tip of the week #12: SKIN TONES introduction

Photoshop Tip of the week #12: SKIN TONES introduction

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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.

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  1. angbrimwil
    October 1, 2007 at 10:37 am — Reply

    this is awesome information, thanks so much!

  2. Anonymous
    October 6, 2007 at 10:42 pm — Reply

    Thanks! Tracy

  3. Tiffany
    October 22, 2007 at 5:48 pm — Reply

    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!!!

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Photoshop Tip of the week #12: SKIN TONES introduction