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How to work with Strike a Pose: Fixing Skin Tone

Hello! Today we have a short tutorial on how fix skin tone and blemishes, using the “Strike a Pose Workflow” by Sleeklens.

So, two of the most common problems that you will find with photos, is that sometimes the subjects appear to have a red or a green skin tone. For now I will start with a photo where the subject appears to have a red skin tone.

The photograph that I will start with is about a little girl that appears to have a reddish tint to her skin tone. There are two ways to go about fixing this with the “Strike a Pose workflow”, the first being a preset that can be applied to the entire photograph.

Start by scrolling through the presets and select the preset named Color Correct – Fix Red Skin. Once applied, you will see that it takes a bunch of the red out of the picture. Basically, when you use Color Correct – Fix Red Skin, you are applying a preset that has a green undertone. Because green and red are on opposite sides of the color wheel, they tend to cancel each other out.

Now go back, I will show you a second way to do this. Let’s say that your entire photograph isn’t red, but a specific area is, maybe on your subjects cheeks or forehead. For that, we would use brushes.

So, we will now go into our brushes and scroll down to the “Strike a Pose” brushes. In the Strike a Pose COLOR brushes we will select the one called Fix Red Skin. Once I have that highlighted, you can look at the colors and see that it will show a light mint green color, which will cancel out that reddish tone. So, as you can see, if you had a photo where you wanted to keep the reddish tone in the background, but get rid of it on your subject, the brush comes in really handy for that.

Once I have highlighted the areas that I want to affect with my brush, I will adjust it just a little by turning up the exposure and saturation. If you don’t feel that you have pulled out enough of the red, you can click NewNew, and go over the areas again with the same steps, using the panel to make adjustments to exposure, contrast, saturation, etc. As you go along. Just keep in mind, that you don’t want to go too far with the brushes, making the skin turn green.

So, in the before and after of the image that I am using you can see That we have taken some of the red tone out and added a little bit of light to our subject’s skin, but kept the red tint in the background.

Now, I will show two ways to correct green skin tones. In the photo that I am using for this one, you can see that it really does have a green tint to it.

The first way, just like before, is to go to the presets and this time select Color Correct – Fix Green Skin. Again, this preset will apply the color correction to the entire photo, this time with a red tint, canceling out the green. If after using this preset, you don’t feel like you’ve taken enough of the green out, you can go into the colors tab and adjust the preset by lowering the green a bit under saturation. You could go into hue and change the hue of the green.

The second way to fix the green tone in the photograph is by using the brush.

When you go into your brushes, select the Strike a Pose – Color – Fix Green Skin brush. With this brush, we are going to do the same thing that we did before, when we fixed the red tones, by running the brush over the areas of skin that you want to be affected. With the image that I am working with, I’m going to run the brush through some of her hair as well. Even though it isn’t the subject’s skin, it has that weird green look to it. Now when it comes to fixing skin, the brushes aren’t as strong as the presets are, but then again, you don’t want to use the preset, if you’re just trying to affect a specific area like the face.

While making your corrections, don’t forget that you can make adjustments in the panel, to get the color, brightness and other parts just right. Like in the photo that I’m working on, I will move the color up just a bit so it’s a little darker. I will also turn up the saturation and exposure a little to brighten.

Now I am going to zoom into her face to show the before and after. It has made quite a difference, as we have neutralized that green skin that she had before. If you want to adjust even after using the brush, you can use your navigator to change the saturation of the colors some, maybe turning the green and yellow down a little more and adjust the hues a bit. The effect of my image now looks much more balanced.

So, now that we have gone over how to fix red skin, the next thing that I will do is show you how to remove blemishes.

For this example, I am using an image where my subject has some blemishes on her face. The way we will fix this is by using the Spot Removal Tool.

To get started, click on the Spot Removal Tool and apply it to a nearby area that doesn’t have a blemish, it will use a sample of that area to apply to the blemish. Next, apply the tool to the blemish areas, adjusting the brush size, opacity, feathering, etc. As needed with the sliders in the panel. A lot of time you may find that a subject that has acne or blemishes is that they sometimes have an uneven skin tone, so we have a brush that as well, called Even Skin Tone.

Now, go into your brushes and scroll down. Once you get down to the “Strike a Pose” brushes, we are going to go with the brush named FACE – Even Skin Tone. Once that is selected, simply run your brush gently over the face, making adjustments to the exposure and whatever else you may need as you go. Once I have gone over, I will click on New and repeat the same process one more time to be thorough. The after effect of my image shows that we have evened out the skin tone and have gotten rid of the blemishes.

Sometimes you may notice that people with acne or blemishes often tend to have redder skin. In the image that I am working with, my subject appears to have some of that around her nose and eyelids. There is some red on her cheeks, but that looks like it is just blush, so I will leave that.

So, to address the red around her nose and eyelids, I will go back into the “Strike a Pose” brushes and select the Fix Red Skin brush. Since we are applying to smaller areas for this, You will probably want to make the brush a little smaller. Then, simply run it over that areas that appear to be red. For my image, I will turn the saturation down some and the exposure up a bit to help. So, we have evened out the skin tone, added light to the subject’s  face and removed the blemishes.

That is how you can use our “Strike a Pose Workflow” to correct skin and blemishes. I hope you enjoyed this tutorial and will go try it for yourself soon – Don’t forget to take a look at our tutorial on how to enhance facial details using Strike a Pose Workflow!

How to work with Strike a Pose Workflow: Facial Details

Hello! Today we will go over how to use our “Strike a Pose Workflow”, specifically, how to enhance your subject’s facial features and make up. I have already applied an all in one preset and a vignette to the photograph that I am using today. So, let’s jump right in and get started with her face.

Once you are in the “Strike a Pose Workflow“, and you have your image selected that you want to work with, start by focusing on the face. After you have zoomed in on the area that you want to enhance, go into the brushes, as our “Strike a Pose Workflow” comes with 69 Brushes, there is quite a bit to choose from.

For the image that I am working with today, I will first go to the Rosy Lips brush and I am going to use this brush to enhance the color around her lips. When I click on her lips, You will see a light pink in the color box, when it opens in the bottom right of the panel. I will just go ahead and paint that color around her lips. Then I will turn the saturation up just a little bit more color. Then, I will click New, because I want to go over her lips again, but I want to give it a darker color. We are still using the Rosy Lips brush, but now I will go down to the bottom and open up the colors, choose a color that is slightly darker and then, go over her lips one more time.

Once I have applied the color to her lips, I can then use the sliders to the right to make changes if necessary. For now, I am going to leave it a little darker and turn the contrast up a bit.

The next thing that I am going to do is to work on her eyes. Now, she has her eyes closed, but that doesn’t mean we can’t enhance the make up around them.

So, now we are going to open our brushes again. Going down to my “Strike a Pose” brushes, I am going to use the Add Eyeliner brush. We can use it and go along her eye line and eyelashes, to darken them and add a little more definition. Once I have applied the brush, I am going turn down the exposure a bit, so it will be just a little darker.

The next thing that I am going to do is go back into the “Strike a Pose” brushes and choose Darken, located in the Light brushes. Using this brush in a general “brushing” motion in the crease and around the bottom of her eyelid, just to add some more definition to her eyes. You can use the panel to make any extra adjustments such contrast, exposure and so on.

Next, I am going to add a little blush, we can do that with the Blush brush. So, we will go back to our brushes, for blush you will see that two choices, Add Blush and Add Blush 2. For the image that I’m working with, I will use Add Blush. I will make my brush a little bit bigger, apply it to the cheeks, then turn up the saturation just a bit. Then, I will click on New and apply the brush once more, I feel like there could be a little more color there.

Now we are going to add some contrast to the face, using the Light and Darken brushes. The first thing that I’ll start with, is the highlight, so I will go to the “Strike a Pose” Light – Brighten brush. Use this brush in all of the typical place where you would want to add highlights, such as the middle of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, right under the eyes, the chin and the “cupids bow” between the nose and the lips. You can also add some highlight to the area between the cheekbone and the jaw line, if needed. Next, I will go back to my brushes and click on the Light – Darken brush, which I will use to add contour to the face. You would normally apply this to right under the cheek bone, around the temples near the eyes, the edges of the forehead and around the jaw line. Then, I will click on New, select the  Light – Darken brush again, this time making your brush really small. I will use this to add a bit of contrast to the side of her nose, but not too much.

The last thing that I will do to enhance the facial features is to sharpen the face. Going back into my brushes, I will select the “Strike a Pose” Sharpen Face brush. I am going to apply this brush around the eyes and mouth. In my finished image, you can see that we have basically contoured her face and added a little color to it. The changes weren’t huge, but it does make a difference in the photo.

So, Now I am going to open another photograph to work with. Like above, we are just going to work with the face and enhancing the facial features, using the “Strike a Pose” brushes.

With this photograph, the first thing that I will work on is her lips. So again, I will open my brushes, selecting the Rosy Lips brush once more, but this time I will go into the color box and change the color, going for a really deep pink. I want to add a lot of color to her lips, applying to the lips as if I was changing her lip gloss or lipstick color. Once applied, I will turn the saturation down a little and make it a bit brighter by slightly increasing the exposure and contrast.

Now, I will move up and work on the eyes. I will start by going back to my brushes and choosing the “Strike a Pose” Whiten Eyes brush. Like the name of the brush suggests, it applied to the whites of the eyes to enhance and brighten. I am just going around, brushing over any of the dark or red areas. Once I’ve applied the brush, I will adjust it a bit by turning up the exposure, making it a little brighter.

Next, I will start with a new brush, this time the “Strike a Pose” Light – Brighten brush. I will apply this brush around the eyes, just to add a little bit of light. After I have brightened the eyes, I am going to click on New and start with a new brush. Now I want to enhance her eyes, so I will have two brush options. I can choose from Enhance Blue Eyes or Enhance Blue Eyes 2, for this one I will go with Enhance Blue Eyes 2. Now I will go into colors and move my color up, to make it a tiny bit darker. I will go ahead and use that color around the iris of the eyes, then turn the saturation up a bit and add a little more light to the exposure.

Alright, The next that I will do is enhance her eye makeup and to do that, all I will need is to start a new brush and use the “Strike a Pose” Darken brush. I am going to use this brush to go along the eyes and make her eye shadow just a bit darker.

Going back to my brushes, this time the next brush that I’m going to use, will be the Add Eyeliner brush. I am using this brush right along the eye line, just to darken it some. Darkening the eye line will actually make the iris stand out.

Now that I’ve gone ahead and changed her eye makeup, her lips and changed her eyes, now what I am going to do is add contours to her face. To do that, I am going to use the Light brushes again. The “Strike a Pose” work flow comes with Light – Darken and Light – Brighten brushes, which are going to be used a lot. So for now, I’m going to go for the Light – Brighten and add highlights to the face. Highlights can where they would naturally go, which would be around the middle of the forehead, down the bridge of the nose, under the eyes in an inverted triangle, the chin and last, the “cupids bow” between the nose and the upper lip. Occasionally, I add a little bit of highlight just to the bottom lip. Another optional place that you may want to highlight is right under the brow bone, between the eyebrow and the eyelid. It will really make the eyebrows and eye make up stand out.

Now I am going to go with a dark brush, so I will select the Light – Darken brush and add contours with this. Your contours will normally go on the cheek bones, around the sides of the face and temples, the sides of the forehead and along the jaw line. Then, click New to start a new one brush. I am still using the Light – Darken brush, but now I have made my brush really small. I am going to use it to run a line down the side of her nose, just because this helps thin out the nose a little bit. The line doesn’t need to be that dark, so I am going to use the exposure slider to turn it up a bit.

So far we have changed the skin color, the make up and the contours. This has made for an overall, more polished look to the image.

I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial on how to enhance facial features and make up, Hopefully you will try it out for yourself!