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Even out skin tone

by Rosie Tanner. 12 Jul 2009

It’s not just adults who need skin work applied. Children can often have blotchy or reddening of the skin as a result of allergies or playing too hard! One method to even this out is to add a new layer, change its blending mode to Color and then paint over gradually with a soft brush set to 20%, building up gradually, intermittently sampling with Alt/Option from different areas of surrounding skin to prevent the colour looking too uniform.

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Skin tone
It’s not just adults who need skin work applied. Children can often have blotchy or reddening of the skin as a result of allergies or playing too hard! One method to even this out is to add a new layer, change its blending mode to Color and then paint over gradually with a soft brush set to 20%, building up gradually, intermittently sampling with Alt/Option from different areas of surrounding skin to prevent the colour looking too uniform.
Another option which keeps all the gradual transition in colour, is to add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer, drop Saturation a little and work the Hue slider a little to remove the red, then invert the mask with Ctrl/Cmd+I and paint this adjustment back into the blotchy areas only with a soft white brush.
If you have areas of the skin that burn out into specular highlights, making the skin look overly shiny, you can use a similar technique to the first. Add a new layer but keep the blending mode as Normal. Sample from surrounding colour and work over the highlight areas with a soft brush set to 10%, gradually smoothing over the highlights.

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    • Sunil Singh

      Nice!! Very helpful.Simple and to the point.

    • michelle

      Thanks for posting, this is very simple and helpful. Solved my problem!

    • Rick Mitchell

      Why can’t you actually include the steps……I am using Photoshop Elements 9, and I don’t see a blending mode

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