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Photographer

Camerosity

Posts: 5732

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

A few years ago (about six), I came across a tutorial on producing muted/desatured skin tones, using a process that involved blending a b&w layer with the color layer.

I like this effect. However, after using it on this photo, I haven’t been able to find it again.

https://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130108/13/50ec9027d3534.jpg

Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks!

Mar 15 19 01:45 pm Link

Photographer

Chuckarelei

Posts: 10951

Seattle, Washington, US

Camerosity wrote:
A few years ago (about six), I came across a tutorial on producing muted/desatured skin tones, using a process that involved blending a b&w layer with the color layer.

I like this effect. However, after using it on this photo, I haven’t been able to find it again.

https://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130108/13/50ec9027d3534.jpg

Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks!

Do some experimentation especially if you had done it before. You never know, you might come up with something newer and even more appealing.

Mar 15 19 08:32 pm Link

Retoucher

fireshoot

Posts: 79

Naples, Campania, Italy

The technique I use for this effect is the following. Two levels of adjustment like attached.
One to desaturate the reds, even selectively and one to more contrast but only the brightness and not the colors, setting the curve level in brightness mode. This is one of many technique.
https://i.postimg.cc/Zn34Z4sp/DSC0036.jpg

Camerosity wrote:
A few years ago (about six), I came across a tutorial on producing muted/desatured skin tones, using a process that involved blending a b&w layer with the color layer.

I like this effect. However, after using it on this photo, I haven’t been able to find it again.


Does anyone know how to do this?

Thanks!

Mar 16 19 01:11 pm Link

Photographer

Camerosity

Posts: 5732

Saint Louis, Missouri, US

Thanks to all for the responses.

I bought Pratik Naik's "The Retouching Series" a couple of days ago, and he covers this use of the b&w layer briefly in it as well. It wasn't  mentioned in any of Pratik's courses on Creative Live or RGG EDU.

Mar 20 19 01:55 pm Link