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Skin Matching
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Save time with Skin Matching to ease the skin tone color correction. Take an actual skin tone sample and choose a target skin tone to process.

Save time with Skin Matching to ease the skin tone color correction. Take an actual skin tone sample and choose a target skin tone to process.

Skin Matching lets you obtain the dominant skin tone in a picture and transform it to another one choosed from a common skin tones table.
With the rectangular marquee tool, select a sampling zone wich will be used to obtain the dominant skin tone. When you press the Sample button, it will be asigned as the Foreground Color (Source Color).
Now you can select a common skin tone from the table that will be asigned to the Background Color (Target Color).
Every time you press the Process button, a new layer will be created with the color correction, using the actual layer and the actual Foreground color as the Source and the Background color as the Target color.
You can choose any skin tone on the table as the target color, but you get better results using colors with similary brightness.
If you find a skin tone you like, but it's too dark or too bright in relation to the source color, modify it selecting LAB model, and changing brightness.
The color correction is applied to the full image, but you can use the mask tools in Photshop to apply the color correction only to the skin areas. Or create several Skin Matching layers masked with the same target color but with different source colors in cases when the same person in the picture does not have a uniform skin tone.
Skin Matching works only in RGB Document Mode. You can go back and forth between different Document Modes, but better to clarify it, because probable loss of color information.
*Skin Matching is not intended to change completely the color of the skin, just color correct it.

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To show the Skin Matching Extension panel go to Window → Extensions → Skin Matching

Swatches  skin  color