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Adjust Skin Tones in Your Photoshop Elements 10 Images

By Barbara Obermeier, Ted Padova

Occasionally, you may find that the loved ones in your photos have taken on a rather sickly shade of green, red, or some other non-flesh-colored tone. To rectify that problem, Elements has a command specifically designed to adjust the overall color in the image and get skin tones back to a natural shade.

Here’s how to use this feature:

  1. Open your image in Full Photo Edit or Quick Photo Edit mode, select the Preview check box, and do one or both of the following:

    • Select the layer that needs to be adjusted. If you don’t have any layers, your entire image is adjusted.

    • Select the areas of skin that need to be adjusted. Only the selected areas are adjusted. This is a good way to go if you’re happy with the color of your other elements and just want to tweak the skin tones.

  2. Choose Enhance→Adjust Color→Adjust Color for Skin Tone.

    The Adjust Color for Skin Tone dialog box appears. This command is also found in Guided Photo Edit mode.

  3. In the image window, click the portion of skin that needs to be corrected.

    The command adjusts the color of the skin tone, as well as the color in the overall image, layer, or selection, depending on what you selected in Step 1.

  4. If you’re not satisfied with the results, click another area or fiddle with the Skin and Ambient Light sliders:

    • Tan adds or removes the amount of brown in the skin.

    • Blush adds or removes the amount of red in the skin.

    • Temperature adjusts the overall color of the skin, making it warmer (right toward red) or cooler (left toward blue).

  5. When you’re happy with the correction, click OK to apply the adjustment and close the dialog box.

    The newly toned skin appears.

    To start anew, click the Reset button. And, of course, to bail out completely, click Cancel.