December 2020 // The How-to Edition

Retouching for Realistic and Natural-Looking Skin | Angela Marklew

STEP 3. LOCALIZED CURVES LAYERS

For more persistent areas of discoloration (the most common being under the eyes), I’ll select the area to be modified, feather the selection so it has a super soft gradient edge, and then use curves adjustment layers. Not only will I adjust the overall RGB curve, but I’ll open up the individual color channels for a more fine-tuned result. For example, under-eye discoloration can often be fixed by lowering the blue channel and increasing both the red and RGB channels. This applies to any areas of the skin where it looks either too red (mostly happening in the midtones) or too blue (mostly happening in the shadows). For any areas that look too yellow, I usually correct this with a color balance adjustment layer.

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