September 4, 2009

Skin Tones & Color Correction

... a follow-up to my recent before and after post.

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Color correction is a recent journey for me - a very new & unfinished journey ("and miles and miles to go" comes to mind). So take anything I say about color "correction" with a grain of salt. You've been warned! ;-) And thus warned ... here the books and a couple of websites from which I've been learning:

Skin by Lee Varis - there was one chapter, especially, that broke down skin tone into a very understandable formula.

Professional Photoshop: The Classic Guide to Color Correction by Dan Margulis - this a very thick (both literally and figuatively) book that I will probably be attempting to understand for the next several years. a very valuable reference to have on hand. not so easy to understand, tho.

Pleasing Skin Tone - this is a very helpful online article from SmugMug's site that incorporates ideas from the above two books.

Help for Red Skin Tones - another helpful article from SmugMug.

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9 comments:

Heather Grilliot said...

You are so generous to share your source. I can't thank you enough! I will return the favor in some way! Thanks a million!!!!!
Heather

Beth@Pages of Our Life said...

I sent you an email with great info on Dan's online classes about his workflow. It really helped me to grasp the concepts a little better watching him rather than reading his book. I have just started the online class and LOVE it!!!

Thanks, always for all of the "big sis" info. :) You're such a sweetheart Susan!

Cynthia Jill Photography said...

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge and expertise with the rest of us. Very helpful links!

The Animator's Wife said...

I have that book on order @ the library and will spend some time studying those other links. This is something I need to really work on! Thanks for ALL the helpful info, Susan!

Oh, and your website link at the bottom isn't working for me. Is it me? I really want to have a look around. :)

Rhea said...

Wow, very cool progression of "color correction." Sounds like a good name for a new line of make-up or facials. lol

Melissa Stover said...

this is something i need help on.

Life with Kaishon said...

I will look forward to learning more about this as I grow. : ) For now, I am going to just embrace rosy cheeks with pink highlights and hope for the best : )

Becca said...

you rock! :-) Thanks for doing this!

Groupdmt said...

I just wanted to let you know that you've done excellent job to gave us information about color balancing(correction).......Thank you for sharing such a knowledgeable information..:)
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