Here is my newest free retouching action, CoffeeShop Redness Relief. This is a very simple action
that will allow you to remove unwanted reddish tints from skintones. It is completely customizable and runs in both PSE and Photoshop. This will also be in the new version of Perfect Portrait. :-) You can find the download links at the bottom of this post.
CoffeeShop Redness Relief Action Instructions:
To use the action, open your portrait. Then run Redness Relief.
Click to select the black layer mask and use a white low opacity brush (50% or so) on normal mode and paint over red skin.
1. Make sure your foreground color is white.
2. Select a soft brush.
3. Make sure your brush Mode is set to Normal.
4. Adjust opacity to taste. I usually start with 50%.
There is a great way to make sure you are removing all of the red from the skin. Simply Shift-Alt-left click on your black layer mask and your entire image will look red. Wherever you paint on the skin with your white brush it will remove the red "mask", and in this case be removing the red tint from the skin. To read more about layer masks, please go read this post.
In the image below I haven't painted on the skin yet. Imp looks a bit devilish!
Start painting on the image with the soft white brush. Wherever you paint, the red mask on your image will be removed and you will be actually removing redness from the skin! You can see I did a pretty good job selecting the skin. Well, I did miss some, but I wanted to keep it real. Hee hee!
Now Imp looks like Raggedy Andy. I wonder if he is going to get me back when he gets older... ;-)
Shift-Alt-left click on the black layer mask again and the red mask will be gone and you can see that the skin is not red anymore! Adjust the Redness Relief layer's opacity to taste.
Here is another example.
CoffeeShop Redness Relief Action UnWrapped Tutorial!
This tutorial will only work in Photoshop, not Photoshop Elements, because it uses the Channel Mixer. I can write an action with Channel Mixer that will run in PSE, but PSE users can't use this method unless they run the action.
1. Open your image.
2. Add a Channel Mixer adjustment layer. Put in these settings:
Output Setting: Red, Red = 100%
Output Setting: Green, Red = 30%, Green = 70%
Output Setting: Blue, Red = 30%, Green = 3%, Blue = 67%
3. Make your layer mask black and paint over the skin with a low opacity white brush. Adjust brush and layer opacity to taste.
Download the free CoffeeShop Redness Relief Action HERE!
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