Easy Skin Toning in Photoshop

Ever wonder how you can enhance your photo and look even greater? You can do this yourself easily in a few steps in Photoshop (or GIMP if you prefer it). Try it yourself and see how it makes wonders for you!



A plain black and white like this photo of Drew Barrymore below


can be converted into these:


How is it done?


Variation 1

Step 1: Open a black and white photo. If you don’t have it, no problem. Open your colored photo, duplicate and desaturate it (Image>Adjustments>Desaturate…).


Step 2: Press Ctrl+Shift+N to make a new layer. A dialog box will appear, and the layer’s name is Layer 1 (by default). Rename this into say, Gold, because we will be using this color in the following step.


Step 3: Pick the soft Brush Tool with the color gold (dcbe2f)

, then paint carefully all over the skin (face and neck). Set the blending mode to Linear Light and Opacity: 20.

It should look like this now after applying the Linear Light with Opacity to 20:

Step 4: Go to Image>Adjustments>Hue/Saturation…and set the following values: Hue=0, Saturation=-50, Lightness=-10. Note: the values can be changed depending on the photo you’re editing. This is the expected output:

Step 5: Merge all visible layers then save.

Variation 2

Step 1: Duplicate the original photo. Make sure RGB mode is selected (Image>Mode>RGB…). Don’t flatten image when the dialog box is prompting you what to do.

Step 2: Press Ctrl+L to adjust Level. Choose Options to set new color. Set midtones and shadows as default, and change Highlight with fae78d. Set input levels to 0, 1.10, 245.

Step 3: Set Brightness/Contrast with the following values: Brightness=5, Contrast=5.

Step 4: Set the following values under Selective Color options (Image>Adjustments>Selective Color…): Cyan=-30, Magenta=-20, Yellow=10, Black=10.

Step 5: Levels (Image>Adjustments>Levels…): Input Values: 0, 1.10, 255.

And here’s the final result, as expected:

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