Forums > Digital Art and Retouching > skin tones like these

Photographer

SissiPhoto

Posts: 6

Kópavogur, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Iceland

My first of probably a million questions that I will ask here.

What is the best way to achieve skin tones like these.

http://www.sissi.is/mmh/skintones.jpg


They have a certain thickness and a nice contrast. Anyone know this?

thank you

Nov 09 12 12:10 pm Link

Digital Artist

Koray

Posts: 6688

Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

thickness you mention can be achieved using some of the tips here:
http://www.youtube.com/results?search_q … JPTG9_PBnI

just dont go that heavy smile

Nov 09 12 12:31 pm Link

Photographer

SissiPhoto

Posts: 6

Kópavogur, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Iceland

What about the skin color, how can you get an that. It is so rich, nice and even.

Nov 09 12 12:46 pm Link

Digital Artist

Koray

Posts: 6688

Ankara, Ankara, Turkey

is this really your website?:
http://www.sissi.is

Nov 09 12 01:04 pm Link

Photographer

M Pandolfo Photography

Posts: 12116

Tampa, Florida, US

Koray wrote:
is this really your website?:
http://www.sissi.is

I'm so confused. OP, if that is your work on that site, it doesn't seem like you would need any help in the area you're asking.

The images you collectively posted vary between images...not a set formula or tone to them. Different techniques.

Some of the images you posted, however, look to have a subtle HDR/Tone Mapping thing going on.

Nov 09 12 01:13 pm Link

Photographer

SissiPhoto

Posts: 6

Kópavogur, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Iceland

yes

Nov 09 12 01:13 pm Link

Photographer

SissiPhoto

Posts: 6

Kópavogur, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Iceland

well I am always learning... This is a real question, the skin color and the tones... I don't feel as if I am there yet.  smile

The color in the skin is so even and right. And it feels as if it is a lot darker than it was acutally shot, I often have problems trying to get that tone and color

Nov 09 12 01:17 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

SissiPhoto wrote:
The color in the skin is so even and right. And it feels as if it is a lot darker than it was acutally shot, I often have problems trying to get that tone and color

Try selective color. In the reds, increase black levels. That will deepen the skin tones. To adjust the hue, check the CMY values in the target image and adjust selective color accordingly.

That takes care of hue. As for evenness, that's more a matter of luminance than color. In this image from your website, some D&B might be needed to even out the skin tones. (Also note the difference in sky color that frames the face. That influences how the skin tones appear.)

http://img87.imageshack.us/img87/3487/skintone.jpg

Nov 09 12 03:20 pm Link

Photographer

SissiPhoto

Posts: 6

Kópavogur, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Iceland

Peano wrote:
Try selective color. In the reds, increase black levels. That will deepen the skin tones. To adjust the hue, check the CMY values in the target image and adjust selective color accordingly.

Thank you, this is very helpful... smile

Nov 09 12 04:11 pm Link

Photographer

Le_Demimonde

Posts: 100

Boston, Massachusetts, US

To me, they look like over and undersaturated crap.

Nov 09 12 04:24 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Le_Demimonde wrote:
To me, they look like over and undersaturated crap.

The OP asked how to achieve the effect, not for an aesthetic appraisal of the effect.

Nov 09 12 04:36 pm Link

Model

Red Delight

Posts: 3

Naples, Florida, US

Le_Demimonde wrote:
To me, they look like over and undersaturated crap.

Way to be a total tool.

Nov 09 12 04:47 pm Link

Retoucher

Paul Snyder

Posts: 89

Columbus, Ohio, US

There are a few ways to do it but there are also like..4-5 different skin tones there.

Nov 09 12 04:57 pm Link

Retoucher

Frankcerro

Posts: 40

Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain

You can use gradient map adjust with mask, using low opacity brush and painting.

chose 3 colors (low, high and midtone).

Nov 09 12 05:13 pm Link

Photographer

Le_Demimonde

Posts: 100

Boston, Massachusetts, US

Red Delight wrote:

Way to be a total tool.

Truth be truth and I was talking about the mag covers so, way to be a total idiot.

Nov 09 12 05:13 pm Link

Retoucher

Peano

Posts: 4106

Lynchburg, Virginia, US

Le_Demimonde wrote:
Truth be truth and I was talking about the mag covers ...

The OP didn't ask for a critique of the mag covers. I'm neither agreeing nor disagreeing with your critique. I'm just suggesting that you stick to the topic.

Nov 09 12 05:50 pm Link

Photographer

SissiPhoto

Posts: 6

Kópavogur, Höfuðborgarsvæðið, Iceland

Frankcerro wrote:
You can use gradient map adjust with mask, using low opacity brush and painting.

chose 3 colors (low, high and midtone).

Can you explain better smile, I am not familiar with this methood. Sounds interesting.

Nov 10 12 11:03 am Link

Retoucher

Frankcerro

Posts: 40

Sevilla, Andalusia, Spain

SissiPhoto wrote:
Can you explain better smile, I am not familiar with this methood. Sounds interesting.