How to correct uneven skin tone simply in Photoshop

Have you ever found yourself at a point where you look at your image and the person that you have photographed has three (or more) different skin tones and you need to correct this?

There are so many skin retouching methods that can be used and in this video, I cover two of them to help you achieve the results that you have envisioned but just can make happen.

Hue/Saturation Adjustment Layer

We begin this method by creating a new adjustment layer,
Then by clicking on the saturation adjustment slider, we can isolate the channel that we want to effect,
(This this can also be done by clicking on the Master drop down and selecting reds and then the eyedropper tool to further refine.)
 Image retouching Red channel

You then move the saturation slider all the way to the right, this will be indicated as 100 on the slider,
Skin retouching Saturation Slider
you will see that all the reds in the image have gone extremely red, but not to worry, this is just a guide that we are going to use.

On the hue adjustment bar, we begin to refine the selection by moving our markers closer together, only selecting the reds that we want to be affected.
Photo restore Hue selection
When you are happy with that selection, take your saturation slider back to 0, and start to adjust you hue slider until the reds look more natural,
you will find that there are places affected that you don’t want to be affected,
we fix this by inverting the layer mask (Cmd/Ctrl + i) and painting the effect back into the area that we want to be changed.

You might find that sometimes you need to repeat this method to correct different tones around the skin.

Gradient Map

This method is a very powerful tool in image retouching and can be used for skin tone correction.

In the video, I explain what a gradient map is and how it works.
This method is much easier, but a lot less effective.

We begin by setting the colours that we want to use on the map.
The colours we want to use would be the darkest shadow on the skin, which is found under the chin and often under the nose,
each image would vary depending on the way the image was lit.
The other colour we want to use would be the brightest highlight on the skin.
Once you have these, your colour pallet should look something like this.
photo retouch colour pallet

We then create a gradient map with foreground to background fade.
photoshop skin retouching Gradient map

The image should then look like you have done a bad two-tone job on it,
You then change your blend mode to Colour as to not affect anything in the image beside the colours.

You then invert the layer mask (Cmd/Ctrl + i) and paint the effect back in over the reds.

That there are two methods that you can improve your photo retouching and achieve better results in your images.

Happy editing!!!

Image supplied by Phil Anderson @ Philson Photography