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Nathanized
Posts: 11
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Hi Guys,

I just want to explore if anyone of you knows how to achieve this nice chocolate skin tone of this picture on the right. Thanks in advance for those who will give some steps.

http://i261.photobucket.com/albums/ii43/Ur_Fantasy_Guy/Untitled_zps16ceec3a.png

Credit to Lex for the pic. I don't want to bother Lex because I know his busy that's why I ask this here.
May 17 13 03:15 am  Link  Quote 
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DalssPhotography
Posts: 66
Prague, Prague, Czech Republic


For this image you will find an almost exact match with a BW adjustment layer (no modifications) at 54% opacity.
May 17 13 03:25 am  Link  Quote 
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KarFeeTangPhotography
Posts: 46
s-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands


DalssPhotography wrote:
For this image you will find an almost exact match with a BW adjustment layer (no modifications) at 54% opacity.

Can you clarify please?

May 17 13 01:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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DalssPhotography
Posts: 66
Prague, Prague, Czech Republic


KarFeeTangPhotography wrote:
Can you clarify please?

Using the before image above:

1) Create a new "Black & White" adjustment layer (on top of the base). Keep everything as it is, blend mode Normal, no changes in specific colors.

2) Reduce the opacity to 54%


The result you get is the same tone as the the After image. Almost no difference...

Note that this only applies to this image, if you want to recreate the same tone in a different image then you have to "break stone" in order to get there. Each case is a different case.

May 17 13 01:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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Click Hamilton
Posts: 34,427
San Diego, California, US


I tried a similar approach with a copy layer and color adjustment:

http://www.pbase.com/image/150246018.jpg

From the yellow version, Ctrl-J to make a copy layer
Convert to B/W, reduce to 70%
Ctrl-B for color adjustment, and added a reddish sepia
Slight brightness/contrast adjustment

It's now in the ball park. From here, I would probably go to the high pass skin detail adjustment technique.

Once I got the non-color detail of the skin texture the way I like it, I would probably switch over to the color layer and stroke the highlights with Gaussian blur to get that satin sheen. Maybe amplify the highlights a little.
May 17 13 01:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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KarFeeTangPhotography
Posts: 46
s-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands


Thank you all!

I can see it is hard to make a nice skin colour.
May 17 13 01:54 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Click Hamilton
Posts: 34,427
San Diego, California, US


KarFeeTangPhotography wrote:
Thank you all!

I can see it is hard to make a nice skin colour.

I think the color adjustment is very quick and easy.

Polishing the other details takes a little longer.
Adjusting the creamy highlights creates more depth and punch.

Adjust the color of the eyes, highlight the reflections of the iris's with linear dodge. Add subtle pink and shine to the lips.

Note how my background is still brown, and the target background is blue. Another nice adjustment to balance and polish this photo. The blue is a complimentary color to the brown and it punches the photo more than neglecting that additional step. Plus, it ties in with the eyes. Details, details smile

There are always so many ways to do things in Photoshop. We all tend to fall back on our old habits. It's nice to learn new approaches. 

I think that picture is nicely done.

May 17 13 02:02 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jakov Markovic
Posts: 1,102
Belgrade, Central Serbia, Serbia


Well, obviously the face has been colored separately, probably with a gradient map, or a B+W layer, or just plain old color layer... many ways to do it.

But the key is to do bring back the backdrop and eyes by masking them out.
May 18 13 06:06 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Nathanized
Posts: 11
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


DalssPhotography wrote:

Using the before image above:

1) Create a new "Black & White" adjustment layer (on top of the base). Keep everything as it is, blend mode Normal, no changes in specific colors.

2) Reduce the opacity to 54%


The result you get is the same tone as the the After image. Almost no difference...

Note that this only applies to this image, if you want to recreate the same tone in a different image then you have to "break stone" in order to get there. Each case is a different case.

Dalssphotography, thanks for this another way...very helpful.....I will try this.

May 19 13 09:04 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Nathanized
Posts: 11
Singapore, Singapore, Singapore


Click Hamilton wrote:
I tried a similar approach with a copy layer and color adjustment:

http://www.pbase.com/image/150246018.jpg

From the yellow version, Ctrl-J to make a copy layer
Convert to B/W, reduce to 70%
Ctrl-B for color adjustment, and added a reddish sepia
Slight brightness/contrast adjustment

It's now in the ball park. From here, I would probably go to the high pass skin detail adjustment technique.

Once I got the non-color detail of the skin texture the way I like it, I would probably switch over to the color layer and stroke the highlights with Gaussian blur to get that satin sheen. Maybe amplify the highlights a little.

Click Hamilton, wow I'm very much amazed how you did it..thanks for this steps...looks like I can apply it also for models who have white skin and make it dark chocolate skin tone..

do you mind to share the PSD that you did?

May 19 13 09:08 pm  Link  Quote 
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