4 simple and easy ways to adjust skin color in Photoshop

14/10/2023 2,168

Skin color correction is an extremely useful feature in Photoshop that helps highlight the subject's face, contributing to create a more vivid and attractive photo. Refer to SADESIGN's following 4 simple and easy ways to adjust skin color in Photoshop to apply to editing your characters!

4 simple and easy ways to adjust skin color in Photoshop

Skin color correction is an extremely useful feature in Photoshop that helps highlight the subject's face, contributing to create a more vivid and attractive photo. Refer to SADESIGN's following 4 simple and easy ways to adjust skin color in Photoshop to apply to editing your characters!    

adjust skin color in Photoshop

1. How to adjust skin color in Photoshop CS6 with LAB Color

 To edit skin color with LAB Color we need to follow these steps: 

● Step 1: Open the image in Photoshop -> press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer. 

● Step 2: In the Image section of the new layer -> select Mode -> select Lab Color -> click Don't Flatten. Converting the new layer's color mode to LAB Color helps to create 3 different color channels: Lightness channel (light), a channel (red and green) and b channel (yellow and blue).

Converting the new layer's color mode to LAB Color

 

● Step 3: Open the Channels panel by going to Window -> Select Channels. Here we will work with channels a and b. 

At channel a, press Ctrl + A to select the entire image -> Press Ctrl + C to copy and switch to channel b -> Press Ctrl + V to paste -> Cancel the selection by pressing Ctrl + D. This helps remove yellow from channel b and replace it with red from channel a. 

● Step 4: Returning to the Layers panel, we will see that the color on the layer has changed, but the image is red and a bit dark. To solve this problem, you need to reduce the opacity so that the image is slightly blurred to the appropriate level.

you need to reduce the opacity so that the image is slightly blurred to the appropriate level

● Step 5: To adjust the color on the skin, you need to create a Layer Mask by holding Alt -> select Add Layer Mask under the Layers bar -> use the Brush tool with a Hardness of 0% to get skin color.

use the Brush tool with a Hardness of 0% to get skin color

● Step 6: If the skin color is still not suitable, you can reduce the transparency of the layer to make the skin natural and rosy.

reduce the transparency of the layer

● Step 7: Create a new Adjustment Layer -> select Curves or Levels to adjust light and dark, as well as create contrast for the image -> group 2 edited layers by pressing Ctrl + G and turn on/ turn off layers to compare images before and after editing.

group 2 edited layers

If you want to make other edits, you should change the color mode to RGB Color to make the editing process easier.

change the color mode to RGB Color

2. Adjust skin color in Photoshop CS6 using Channel Mixer

In addition to the above method, to edit skin color in Photoshop you can use Channel Mixer. This is considered a delicate method, helping the character's skin become brighter and more contrasting: 

● Step 1: First you need to create a new Adjustment layer by selecting Channel Mixer from the list of options at the end screen.

create a new Adjustment layer by selecting Channel Mixer

● Step 2: In the Channel Mixer options panel -> click on the Monochrome box to convert the image to black and white.

click on the Monochrome box to convert the image to black and white

● Step 3: Duplicate the Channel Mixer layer by pressing Ctrl+J twice, then turn them off. Select the original Channel Mixer layer to customize the parameters. If you want a brighter image, reduce the opacity to about 15% - 20%.

Duplicate the Channel Mixer layer

● Step 4: Click on the Channel Mixer 1 layer and select Blending Mode as Screen. With blending mode, reduce the opacity to about 20% - 30% to reduce the brightness of the image. In the Channel Mixer options panel, adjust the brightness and darkness with the parameters in the table. This is also the time when you can whiten skin in Photoshop CS6. 

● Step 5: Open the Channel Mixer 2 layer and select Blending Mode as Soft Light. With blending mode, reduce the opacity to about 30%-50% to make the image brighter and increase the contrast compared to the original image. 

● Step 6: Merge 3 Channel Mixer layers together, then add a black layer mask to this merged group -> Use the white Brush tool to paint in the skin area where you want to keep the edited color.

Use the white Brush tool to paint in the skin area

If you find the skin area is too white, reduce the opacity until the skin color is as bright as desired. This helps create beautiful, more natural portraits. 

 

3. How to adjust skin color in Photoshop online 

If you don't want to spend a lot of time editing skin with the above tools, you can completely whiten your skin with Photoshop online very simply as follows: 

● Step 1: You need to access the Photoshop online site 

● Step 2: Open the photo you want to edit by pressing Ctrl + O or select File -> select Open.

Open the photo you want to edit

● Step 3: Duplicate the layer by pressing Ctrl + J to perform editing operations without affecting the original image.

Duplicate the layer

● Step 4: Press the J key to use the Pen Stroke Correction tool to erase acne on the face (if any).

Press the J key to use the Pen Stroke Correction tool

● Step 5: Proceed to brighten the face by pressing the key combination Ctrl + M or selecting Image -> Adjustments -> Curves.

Proceed to brighten the face

● Step 6: In the Curve chart, adjust the brightness and contrast on the chart suitably -> click OK.

adjust the brightness and contrast on the chart suitably

● Step 7: To save the edited photo to your computer, select File -> Export as -> Select the format you want to save and you're done.

Select the format you want to save and you're done

4. How to adjust color selection in Photoshop 

In addition to the above 3 ways, you can completely adjust color in Photoshop by choosing colors. Specifically, after selecting the object that needs to be edited, you will see a border surrounding the selection area. 

You can change the color by applying the menu: Image -> Adjustment 

For example: 

● To make continuous color changes, click on Image -> Adjustment -> Color Balance 

● Change the selection to black or white in Image by selecting Adjustments -> Black and White 

● To change color and adjust saturation, select Image -> Adjustments -> Hue/Saturation 

● If you want to change brightness or adjust contrast in a photo, choose Image -> Adjustments -> Brightness/Contrast.

Hopefully the above suggestions will help you choose the most suitable way to adjust skin color in Photoshop. Don't forget to follow SADESIGN to update many other useful shares in designing and editing photos with Photoshop software!

 

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