How to Get a Tan in Photoshop

How to Get a Tan in Photoshop



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How to Get a Tan in Photoshop

Are those winter months taking a toll on your complexion? Learn how to transform pale skin into beautiful bronze in Photoshop!

Color Highlights and Shadows Separately

The real key to changing skin tone is to focus on the highlights and shadows separately. Some effects will look great over the highlights, but will be too strong on the shadows.

Learn how to use the ‘Blend if’ sliders to adjust layer visibility based on highlight and shadow.

Fine Tune Color

After coloring skin it is important to make fine adjustments to get it right. Use a ‘Selective Color’ adjustment layer and choose ‘Reds’ from the drop-down list. Using the sliders, fine tune the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow and black.

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  • Richard Scott Reply

    Nice tan for the hair!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • steelxeno Reply

    Video/actual tutorial and information starts at 9:20

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • michal roesler Reply

    I'm doing everything as shown in the Video, step by step. But In the end I get to much pink/magenta in the skin tones. No matter how dark I go, I get pink and not orange/nice coffee and milk skin tone.
    I'm tanning a photo of very bright (little pink) ginger hair, male from Poland. Zero tan on the picture. And although I tried many colors (the same as shown on the video and colors around them) I just keep getting pink not milk with coffee color. Can anyone help me?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Marcelo Luiz Reply

    Your're awesome!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • MusicFanOnline Reply

    When I move the underlying layer arrow all the way to theย right like he showed, my photo goes back to being exactly the way it was originally (the color burn is completely lost from the entire photo, not just theย underlying layer).ย  Could anyone tell me what I'm doing wrong?ย  Thanks!!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Reimage Reimage Reply

    Wow…Thank's! "How to Get a Tan in Photoshop" – I love your videos)

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Bronwyn Victor Reply

    This video was so helpful! Thank you so much !! xx

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Kyaw Min Htut Reply

    Thank you

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Gilbert Lopez Reply

    Excellent, thanks.

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • paolo k Reply

    Itโ€™s same workflow for gold skin tone?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Tech Master Aftab Reply

    Thats nice. #techmasteraftab

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Nicu Danciu Reply

    Amazing!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Alexandru Grecov Reply

    you can group all adjustments layers and mask after…not big deal…

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • noasamoa Reply

    Thanks for this tutorial! Exactly what I needed. The only thing not addressed is needing to mask the eyes to avoid the color adjustments affecting them. Also, even though it's not too obvious because of her hair color, one would need to mask the hair. I can definitely see the color shift in her hair. It just happens to work with this image. ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Ender Camacho Reply

    Nice tip! You saved my day!
    Thank you so much!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • SweetYaoii Reply

    I'm shook, didn't know how to use that fx thing before.

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Learn with USA Reply

    i love your tutorials and your smile you are my great teacher SIR!! ๐Ÿ™‚

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • PJ Kinney-Lorenz Reply

    You are a life saver, Aaron!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • HUDA FODE Reply

    love it.. really helpful xoxo

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Killa K Glamorous Reply

    do you have a tutorial on how to edit skin to look this perfect ? ๐Ÿ˜

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Simon Lorberg Reply

    I see the increased skin imperfection on her shoulder. Some kind of spots. How to avoid it?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Ashley Kleinvehn Reply

    How do you make skin paler?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Enocha Engulu Reply

    Aaron you're great

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Depression Of My Cat Reply

    hwo di i only affect the skin instead of the eyes and stuff ๐Ÿ™

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Shima Abraham Reply

    If someone or anyone is a beginner in photoshop, they will learn litte or nothing from your tutorial. As you are not very explicit. But nice job.

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Terry Brooks Reply

    Thanks, your tutorials are great and always appreciated
    One minor thing though, I used the mask to remove the tan from the eyes ๐Ÿ˜‰

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Victor VonDoom Reply

    I was searching everywhere trying to figure out how to do this. I really should have know that Phlearn – the masters of Photoshop – would have exactly what I was looking for in the archives. And I was right, thanks for a great tutorial.

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Jerry Lou Ferriol Reply

    Thank you very much for sharing your knowledge in photoshop. . .I hope you will still continue your unselfish love and. . .sharing of your knowledge. . May the Lord bless you always and more blessing to come to you. . Have a great day. . I like you

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Francisco Lรณpez Reply

    Thank you Aaron.

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Kevin Wimberly Reply

    Should group your adjustments, and add mask to un-tan too much in hair and eyebrows with a really good feather.

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Caty Torres Reply

    Thanks it really help me to do some edition!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Enayru Reply

    you save my life!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • SamsungS7Edge Reply

    thanks man โ™ฅ

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • vaskylark Reply

    It looks really orange to me. I appreciate the video but how would I make a african american look?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Samantha Derrick Reply

    I dont like this notion that tan isnt pale! there are different levels of tan! ppl need to stop thinking that light is pasty and pork like! she wasnt pale before either! the only reason she looked off is beause of the editiing! he didnt do it correctly!

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • nito2501 Reply

    Apart from watching your videos I see them because the way you talk is funny

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Leaha Brisbois Reply

    would this work if your background wasn't white? what if you have something like grass or trees behind the subject?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • dxdesignz Reply

    Nice ,,,

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Nico 3500 Reply

    Other question, when you do the first layer, it affects also the background of my image…. so the landscape has the influence of the orange.. i put normal not multiplier…

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Nico 3500 Reply

    Question, when you move the cursor of Blending options->Underlying Layer you move half of the arrow in the left, when i try to move i move the whole arrow to the right, so i lose completely all the tan effect, how can i solve this..?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Shona Macdonald Reply

    Great Tut, but I have a problem. I'm working with Photoshop Elements and I don't have a "Blending Options". How should I get around this?

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • KarmaTiger Reply

    "solid color" is under fill layers, not adjustment layers, in my version of PS so your instructions were confusing right from step 1.

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Vishal Das Reply

    how to creat smooth skin in photoshop

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am
  • Ravi Bhushan Reply

    nice tutorials always……

    March 10, 2019 at 11:20 am

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