Skin Tone

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Pemberton New Member • Posts: 1
Skin Tone

Can anyone tell me what photo editor/plugin is used by Metart and others to produce such perfect skin tones?

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gordonpritchard Veteran Member • Posts: 5,078
Re: Skin Tone

Pemberton wrote:

Can anyone tell me what photo editor/plugin is used by Metart and others to produce such perfect skin tones?

Provide a link to a sample.

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NAwlins Contrarian Veteran Member • Posts: 7,793
Re: Skin Tone

Can anyone tell me what photo editor/plugin is used by Metart and others to produce such perfect skin tones?

IMO getting the desired skintones is not so much about using any particular editing software much less plugin, and more about getting a white balance that produces the desired tones, maybe where necessary supplemented by local controls and/or adjustments global across the image but limited to particular colors. Sometimes global curve adjustments have tonality effects that you may see as impacting this too.

And then you throw into the mix the subject's natural skintones plus makeup, spray-tan, actual suntans, etc.

And of course "perfect skin tones" is subjective. I know somebody with a master's degree in photography who produces photos with skintones that to me make the subjects look cyanotic.

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Ken Seals
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Re: Skin Tone

There are thousands of different skin tones in this world. It's up to you to get it right. Starting off with the correct white balance as mentioned above by Nawlins Contrarian is a good start. If really great/accurate skin tones are critical to your work, you need to start with a full spectrum well balanced light source.

If the subject of the photo will never see the photo or have any input, you can adjust the skin tone to look any way you or your client likes it.

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Dave_Good Senior Member • Posts: 1,101
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I have recently discovered that most video software provides a way of nailing down skin tones regardless of ethnicity. One of the graphs they use is the Vectorscope which has a "Skin Tone Line" along which all skin colour lies. So far the only photography software that I have found to include this is Affinity Photo and Darktable. I would be interested in the comments of others who have more experience using this for their portraits.

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Re: "Skin Tone Line"
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Dave_Good wrote:

I have recently discovered that most video software provides a way of nailing down skin tones regardless of ethnicity. One of the graphs they use is the Vectorscope which has a "Skin Tone Line" along which all skin colour lies. So far the only photography software that I have found to include this is Affinity Photo and Darktable. I would be interested in the comments of others who have more experience using this for their portraits.

scope panel in Affinity photo:

Scopes

Video:

histogram and scopes

TRIALG
TRIALG Regular Member • Posts: 104
Re: "Skin Tone Line"

Human skin does not produce light, so looking for something that makes it look perfect without adjusting the light source, it's the same as wanting to adjust the sock on our foot just by adjusting the shoe

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