As the winter months quickly approach, we know that today’s photo editing tutorial will come in handy! Follow along as Amandalynn Jones teaches how to correct red noses by using a selective color adjustment layer in Photoshop.
I love shooting on location, every time is a new experience, and making every client’s images tell a different story is a challenge I eagerly embrace. However, there are some drawbacks to not having a studio, like the inability to control the weather. Hard as I try to avoid it, the chilly Midwest winter air comes about this time every year and usually brings out red noses that would make Rudolf envious, particularly on kiddos.
A quick way to fix this is with the Selective Color adjustment layer in Photoshop.
Correct Red Noses in 4 Easy Steps with Selective Color Adjustment
1. Create an Adjustment Layer
Add an adjustment layer mask on your open image using in the layers window. (If you cannot see the layers window, go up to your top menu bar and click “Window>Layers“) At the bottom of the window, you’ll see a black & white circle icon. Clicking that will bring up a list of options, choose “Selective Color…” at the very bottom. (Alternatively, you can go up to your menu bar and click “Layer>New Adjustment Layer>Selective Color.”)
2. Adjust the Red Channel
Now we can adjust the color. Your exact settings will vary depending on how much you’re trying to correct a color issue, I try to match the red I’m trying to reduce with correct skin tone as I adjust the sliders. In this case, while on the “Red” channel in the “Adjustments” window (Windows>Adjustments) I decreased the Magenta by almost half.
Also, because red tends to be a very saturated color, and saturated colors tend to be darker toned, in this case I reduced the Blacks to brighten the effected areas when the color is reduced so the luminance on the skin matches, this extra step isn’t necessary on medium and darker skinned portraits.
3. Invert Mask
Once you have the adjustments you think you want, select your paint bucket tool (Keyboard Shortcut: G), and if needed swap your color swatches so that Black is the foreground color (Keyboard Shortcut: X) and fill the Layer Mask to hide the adjustments you just made. This is going to bring back all that red that we just got rid of, but no worries.
4. Paint on Adjustment
Next switch to your Paintbrush tool (Keyboard Shortcut: B), reverse your color swatches again (X) , and paint on the layer mask with an appropriate sized soft brush to reveal the Selective Color adjustment. Once you’ve revealed the adjustments in only the areas you want to treat it’s easy to make some final adjustments to really be sure that you’ve gotten the Selective Color just right.
In this case I brought the magenta back up a touch and pulled the yellows down just a tad from my original adjustment. So here is the result… all ready for final edits 🙂
When selectively reducing one color remember that cyan, magenta, and yellow balance each other and if one is missing the other two will compensate…
So if you bring down the magenta too far the formerly red areas will turn greenish. If you reduce the yellow too far it will start to look purple. Turn the cyan down too -100% and she’ll look like a carrot. Make the adjustments subtle, but don’t be afraid to move sliders around until you get what you need.
Amandalynn Jones is a commercial and portrait photographer with a background in Fine Art and a passion for giving back to the photography community. She lives in Middleton, Wisconsin with her husband, son, and crazy puppy. Find more of her work at AmandalynnJones.com or on facebook.
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