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Quick Tip – How to Retouch Skin Quick and Naturally

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Aloha Guys. We are here with another tutorial. Today we will discuss how to emphasize or hide skin flaws in you photos that you took from a cam or from your smart phone using the yellow channel in your photo. This technique can be used to emphasize skin detail for a dramatic look or reduce the appearance of wrinkles, freckles and dark circles under the eyes etc. Above image will give you an idea of the final outcome of after we made the changes using the yellow channel.

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Step 01

  • Open the photo that you want to edit in Photoshop. The photo should have enough detail on the skin tones with little to no makeup. For this tut we will use the image called Model 044 (check the “Resources” section at the beginning of the tutorial). You can use that image (for educational purposes only) or you are always welcome to use a picture that you prefer which is suitable for this kind of a tutorial.
Model image (click to zoom image)

Model image (click to zoom image)

Step 02

  • We’ll need to grab the Yellow channel. Before we can do this, we have to convert the image to CMYK by going to Image > Mode > CMYK.
Convert image to CMYK (click to zoom image)

Convert image to CMYK (click to zoom image)

Step 03

  • In the Channels palette (Window > Channels), select the Yellow channel.
  • As you can see, the Yellow layer reveals the most skin flaws. Copy and paste this layer by going to Select > All then Edit > Copy.
Yellow channel (click to zoom image)

Yellow channel (click to zoom image)

Step 04

  • Now we need to convert the image back to RGB mode for editing. Instead of converting the image back, which will degrade the image quality even more, we can just undo all the way back to the beginning.
  • Keep pressing Alt+Ctrl+Z (Option+Cmd+Z on Macs) until you’ve reverted back to the original photo. Go to Edit > Paste and Photoshop will place the Yellow channel you copied as a new layer.
Rgb mode (click to zoom image)

Rgb mode (click to zoom image)

Step 05

  • Change the blending mode to Overlay. You’ll see the effects immediately and you can reduce the effect by reducing the opacity.
Blending mode to Overlay (click to zoom image)

Blending mode to Overlay (click to zoom image)

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