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How to Enhance Skin Tone in Photoshop

by Waseem Abbas on Mar 15, 2016

Do you want to enhance the skin tone in your portraits? Some sharp images can look really beautiful once you smooth out and perfect the skin tone. In this article, we will show you how to enhance skin tone in your photos in Photoshop.

Enhance Skin Tone in Your Portraits

The first thing you need to do is open up your photo in Photoshop.

From the top menu bar of your Photoshop screen, go to Select » Color Range.

Set Color Range

The Color Range window will open. You’ll need to select the Skin Tones option from the dropdown menu at the top. That way, all of your settings in the next steps will affect only the body skin in the image.

Select Skin Tones

Press ‘OK’ to save your changes and close out the Color Range window. Then, go to Filter » Convert for Smart Filters from the top menu bar.

Convert Smart Filters

This will convert your image into an smart object for the next steps.

Next, go to Filter » Noise » Reduce Noise.

Filter Noise Reduce Noises

We recommend using the following settings:

  • Strength: 8
  • Preserve Details: 16%
  • Reduce Color Noise: 0%
  • Sharpen Details: 4%

Reduce Noise

That’s all you have to do! Take a look at the before and after image below:

How to Enhance Skin Tone in Photoshop

Keep in mind, the settings above may vary depending on the skin color and the amount of light in the image. You should experiment with different variations to reduce the noise to just the right amount for your photo.

We hope this article has helped you to learn how to enhance skin tone in Photoshop for a perfect portrait. You may also want to check out our guide on how to add a dramatic portrait effect to your images in photoshop.

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Comments

  1. Hello Waseem ! I am new to photoshop and I was searching for enhancing skin tone in photoshop and came to your site and your easy step by step guideline helped me achieve it. Can you suggest me how to add glittery effect to my photos ? TIA !

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