One of our wonderful members, Mara, posted this in picture play, looking for some help on the skintones. So I asked her if I could use it for a Photoshop Friday tutorial and she said yes. It’s a really lovely sooc image and doesn’t need much. The main issue is that mom and baby both have excess magenta on their faces and are a bit underexposed as well. To fix this, I used 4 adjustment layers.
This was our starting image. You can see where I chose to drop my color sample points. I was looking for diffused highlights. We don’t want our magenta higher than our yellow so a quick check of my CMYK values confirmed that the magenta was high as well as the cyan. But I knew the cyan would come down once I raised the midtones a bit.
First I added a curves adjustment layer and boosted the midtones and then I went to the green channel and pulled up on it to remove some magenta. I masked this adjustment so it was only on mom and babies face and chest.
Next I added another curves adjustment layer and this time I masked it so it only effected the babies face. I boosted the midtones even further and pulled up on the green channel to remove some more magenta and the red channel to remove some cyan. A check of the info panel told me the yellow to magenta ratio was looking better and we had brought the cyan in line too.
I added a multiply layer at 36% to darken the background up, masking mom and the baby off from it.
The last thing I did was open a selective color adjustment and went to yellows and pulled the yellow slider to -47 and selectively masked it off the shadow areas that seemed to have an excess of yellow.
Lisa Harrison, Vermont
CMU Instructor | CM Mentor
As CM’s Photoshop expert, it’s only fitting that Lisa is the instructor for the Intro to Natural Light and Photoshop Fundamentals for Photographers workshops. With her Canon 5d mark III and various lenses, mostly primes, she enjoys lifestyle photography with bright clean processing and natural skin tones but equally loves black and whites. Living in Vermont with her husband, two children, and black lab Lucy, Lisa loves skiing and boating.
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