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  • Making skin look darker in Photoshop?

    I have a photo of a bunch of people's hands that I want to use for a project. Only problem is all the hands are white and for diversity's sake I would like one or two to look darker. Is this a ridiculous thing to try in Photoshop, or, if not, does anyone have tips/pointers? I have CS2.


  • #2
    Add a curves adjustment layer. Create a curve that gives the skin tone you're looking for. Fill the adjustment layer's mask with black, and then paint white over the parts of the mask where you want skin to be darkened.


    • #3
      Get your brown friends to model for you. What?! You don't have brown friends?!
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      • #4
        Ummmm...I am brown. So is my husband and our whole family. Unfortunately, I am not also a professional photographer!


        • #5
          rofl @ both Buda and Rachel.

          Yeah, just do what Hewligan said. Or once you create a selection/mask of the hands, you can use a number of different methods: levels, curves, hue/saturation, channels adjustment, or color layer. The possibilities are endless. You can use an adjustment layer with layer mask, jump hands to their own layer then use an adjustment layer with a layer set (not on pass-through mode), or just apply the adjustments directly to the composite layer - whatever works best with your workflow.
          Last edited by Ned; 05-31-2007, 03:20 AM.
          Ned Yeung, A.C.E.


          • #6
            It's better if you can post your photo here so that we can see it and give you some pointers of what you should do next to make the skin look darker


            • #7
              ^^^what mchilly said^^^.
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              • #8
                Burn, baby Burn. No serious Dodge/Burn is perfect for something like this.
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                • #9
                  When changing skin tones I use Alt+R+E+C at the same time for Race/Ethnicity Change. Photoshop CSI is total awesomeness.
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                  • #10
                    Two major differences in natural skin tone CMYK between caucasian and blacks. Here are some 'average' numbers:

                    Light skin: C15 M45 Y50 K0
                    Medium: C15 M40 Y55 K0
                    Dark: C35 M45 Y50 K28

                    As you can see, the most critical colours are CYAN and black. Rough select the skintone area and try using a channel mixer adjustment layer in CMYK modes and adjust (mostly) these two channels. But place a few strategic eyedropper targets down first to keep track of the numbers. When it looks good, tune up the mask.


                    • #11
                      I would just create a new layer and play with the layer settings. You could use the 'color' setting and draw a swatch of brown over a couple hands. You would just have to tweak it to make it look natural.


                      • #12
                        I also encounter this kind of problem in one of the forum I joined. He wants to make the skin look darker and then I do a little editing check out the before and after
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                        • #13
                          Fake 'n Bake!
                          Ned Yeung, A.C.E.


                          • #14
                            wow, that made her look SOOO old!! and people think a tan makes them look young.
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                              I've heard of racial profiling, but profile racializing?


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