Photoshop Tips & Tricks – How to Remove Skin Reddening

How to Remove Skin Reddening

In Photoshop, there are many ways to achieve a single result. There often is no “wrong way” to do something. There can be, however, a faster way.

I learned some helpful tips and tricks at the informative and inspiring Photoshop World Conference in Orlando, Florida. And in this blog, I’ll be passing some of them along to you.

Here, I will show you a quick way to remove skin reddening using a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. For kicks, I’ll edit a photo of myself eating a burger.

You will see that there is some redness in my cheeks, as I am caught RED-handed, about to chow down. Let’s fix that.

Photoshop Hue/Saturation layer

1) Add a Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer. To do this, at the bottom of the Layers panel, click the half dark/half light circle. Drop down to “Hue/Saturation.” There is also a “Hue/Saturation” button in the Adjustments panel.

2) From the Master drop-down menu, select Reds.

3) Increase Saturation to +100 to see which parts of the photo have been selected

Photoshop red hue

4) Click in the center area of the markers in the spectrum at the bottom of the Properties window and drag left or right to narrow down the selected area.

Photoshop narrow selected area

5) Adjust the Hue slider to lessen redness in selected areas. In this case, I’m sliding right to add cyan (opposite red on the color wheel), which eliminates redness. Don’t forget to adjust Saturation, too.

Photoshop add cyan

6) If certain areas are affected that shouldn’t be, paint on a layer mask with a black brush to hide the effects in particular spots (in this case, the bricks and my lips, fingernails and dress).

Photoshop layer mask

Using simple tools in Photoshop can make a big difference and produce results just as elegant as my burger was tasty.

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