How to Fix Baby Skin Color in Photoshop

How to Fix Baby Skin Color in Photoshop



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How to Fix Baby Skin Color in Photoshop

Sometimes babies and newborns will have too much red or blue in their skin, which doesn’t look great in photos. Learn how to use a reference image to analyze skin tone and apply those changes to correct skin tone!

Use a reference image to compare color

It helps to have a reference image to judge ‘good’ skin tone. To find a reference image, search on stock websites like Adobe Stock or just browse through google images. You will only be using the reference image to analyze color, so you don’t need to find the ‘perfect’ photoโ€”just one with good skin color.

To properly analyze skin tone it helps to have a large area of ‘averaged’ color. To get the average color of an area of skin first make a selection around the skin using the marquee tool. Then go to Filter – Blur – Average. This will take all of the color in the selection and average them into one color – perfect for analyzing average skin tones.

Do this for both the sample image and the image you wish to edit.

How to color match with a Hue/Saturation layer

After creating ‘average’ skin tone blocks in Photoshop, click on the color picker and use the eyedropper to analyze the color. Look for differences in HSL (Hue, Saturation and Lightness). In this case the Hue was different by 17degrees.

To correct skin color, create a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and click on ‘reds’. Next change the values to match the target skin tone. In this example we change the hue by 17 degrees, saturation +2 and Value by -5.

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Comments (41)

  • Sana Imran Reply

    Wow you made it very simple, it will save a lot of time. Thank you๐Ÿค—

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Nuance Nuance Reply

    Really interesting!! Congratulation PHLEARN!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • VirtualInsanity Reply

    You are amazing! Thank you so much!!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Sarah L Smith Photography Reply

    Didn't get this to work for me, nothing happened when I created the adjustments in the hue/saturation layer unfortunately

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Mr Moo Reply

    Where did he get that camera sticker on his mac? So cool, I want one.

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Charlie Wright Reply

    Will be joining Phlearn soon, love the videos.

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Nicola Kennedy Reply

    How did I not know this before?? Thank you!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • George Torres Reply

    Every image I get online opens wonderfully in photoshop. When I drag into my image that I took it turns into a pink image. I tried to turn it into an 18 bit and it still looks the same. I can't practice what you a teaching in this video.

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Sam pradeep Reply

    Explain how to change resolution to high and how to resize image sizes in photoshop

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Chrompolitur Reply

    Very smart way to match.

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Michelle Aube Reply

    when i do average blue it just goes blank white colour not sure why its doing that

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Krisztina TAOY Reply

    Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! It was very helpful! You are amazing:)!!!!! Greetings from Hungary:)

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Birmingham Jazz Reply

    Sasdly at the critical moment when I had followed all the step – changing the Hue at 6min 28 magically just flat out didn't change anything!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • NS Desktop Reply

    Our baby??? ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ˜‚ ๐Ÿคฃ

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Ramesh Kumar Reply

    great sir

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Kris Drake Reply

    This is incredible! Thank you!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Abra Klinger Reply

    What a great technique!! Quickly looking through, I'm not finding a quick answer — for a jaundice baby, who's skin is super yellow/orange, would you adjust the yellow channel on the hue/sat instead of the red? Seemed to do better, but either way, it still doesn't quite look right. Thanks for a great tutorial!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • vic20035 Reply

    Yo, man. you are really genius.

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • elizabet buleci Reply

    wow. i,m impressed ! super clever!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • archereczka Reply

    Wow ๐Ÿ˜€ Thanks!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • sam mcd Reply

    Thank you so much! <3

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Smile Baby Photography Reply

    What a game changer, so fast, so easy and so natural, thank you thank you thank you!!!!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • ryuzakilawlight Reply

    oh my fucking god i love you! You have no idea what i went through.. Months and Months of torture to find how exactly to do it. All kinds of videos to experiment … I just wanted to shoot myself minutes before I found this video. I owe my sane mind to you!!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Carolyn D'Alessandro Reply

    WOWOWOWOWOW! Thank you, so much Aaron!!!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Elina Lait Reply

    in my photoshop avarage blur makes my skintone leyer into white. why i dont know

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Marcus McDowell Reply

    I love how this actually taught me something that I can use, I can reference it easily and is accurate with its information. I love these videos. Please keep making more.

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Epi King Reply

    Perfect!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Sofรฌa Morea Reply

    Great your explanation! Soooo clear and easy!!! Thanks! Will continue following you!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Zaq Kundin Reply

    OMG you are a genius!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Stine Munk Jensen Reply

    hmmm yeah I tried this and my image went from red to green?

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Renee Norton Reply

    What do you do when one of the skin tones are around 320 and the second one 10? It doesn't let me put the difference between the two for the Hue in the adjustment layer! Please HELP!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Ricci Reply

    You are a master man…. Thanks!!!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • james tecco Reply

    Baby looks green

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • No Reply Reply

    This applied to my entire photo and not just the babies skin………anyway to change this??

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Devon Kapler Reply

    you're video was fantastic! Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Danial Nik Reply

    AWESOME!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Kian Reply

    awesome

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Fredrik Nilsson Reply

    What do you do when one of the skin tones are around 326 and the second one 16?

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • The Mix Reply

    Great tutorial! I am using this on my most recent set of baby images and I'm blown away by how much time I'm saving. Thank you!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Veronica McCoy Reply

    Aaron your awesome! You make it so easy to learn!

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am
  • Azam Reply

    Great. But you say the two averaged sample colours now match, but to me these samples (not the whole baby pics) are still very different. Where am I wrong? The end result is however awesome.

    July 27, 2019 at 10:25 am

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