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Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 45 of 118

Adjusting Skin Tones


Adobe Photoshop 2020: The Complete Guide Bootcamp

Lesson 45 of 118

Adjusting Skin Tones


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Adjusting Skin Tones

getting good at photo shop. For me, at least when it comes to adjustments is getting comfortable with the most powerful adjustment. The most powerful adjustment is curves by far, but so many people are not comfortable with it because they never have good instruction in it. And they never have time to practice that they don't get very good at. Well, if you want to see the kind of change you can make once you actually practice enough that you're comfortable, let me show you what I did to this particular picture, which is of my wife. Happy ever Face down on the pavement, I do a series of photographs of my wife doing yoga around the world. If you want to see that Siri's It's called The World is my yoga mat in its on instagram. He'd find pictures like this, but I'm gonna turn off a series of adjustments to show what the original picture looked like after I was done in camera raw. Then I wanted it to be quite different, so I ended up adjusting it primarily using curbs, and this is what I was...

able to end up with. Let's just take a look at what's in there. I'm gonna turn off a bunch of adjustment layers. You'll find that every single adjustment layer is a curves adjustment layer. I'm gonna show you this mask is an overlay. I don't think we've done that yet. But if you ever have an adjustment layer that's active and it has a mask with some paint in it on your keyboard right above the returner, enter key will be the backslash key, and if you press it, you'll get a colored overlay. Anything is covered in red is what's not being affected by that adjustment. So in this case, this adjustment effects the background. Not my wife, Karen. I'm gonna turn on its eyeball and let's see what it does to the image, all right, looks to me like it's adding contrast most of the time. Contrast is two dots, one for a bright part, one for a dark part. Make them further apart. Let's look at this curve and see if that happens to be the case. It is exactly two dots. If I were to hover my mouse over the dark portion of this picture, you would see a circle and curves, and it is exactly on top of a dot that was there too dark in this picture that dot was moved down to darken. Then I move my mouse under the bright portion of the picture, and it's very close to a dot that's already in their that Dot's been moved up the slightest bit to Brighton to make a bigger difference between the brightness of those two areas. The next curve up has the same mask, but that one, if I turn it on, makes the colors between those two areas look more different. Doesn't the lighter areas look more bluish when I'm done? Well, that is most likely two dots, one for the bright area, one for the dark and on the blue curve. I betcha. I move part of it up to make it more blue to see that more blue. This one hasn't moved, so it didn't change the amount of blue in the dark areas, and I might have tweaked green or red. But I think it's primarily in the blue. Go to the next one up, turn on its little overlay with backslash key. Anything covered with red will not be affected. So this is affecting my wife skin. If I turn on the adjustment layer, do you see my wife skin changed in color? That's because they didn't like the way it was looking in. Often times. What I do is I find another picture of a person, and I have hundreds of pictures of my wife doing yoga. So I just open up a bunch of references and I can write down the RGB numbers for the skin I like and shift her skin to that the next one up effects on Lee her feet. If I turn it on and off, it's making her feet more colorful. It's making them closer and color to the color of her skin again. Write down the numbers of the skin tone and change the area. Want tohave match it. The next one up is affecting just her head. If I turn on its eyeball, do you see? It's adding contrast. That is two dots on a curve, one for the bright area, one for the dark and the bright one was moved up. You can see it right there, just two dots. Then we have this one, which is working on Lee on the dark pants when it comes to black objects, you can cheat, and I changed the color of my wife's black pants. How the heck did I do it? Well, all I did was hero at a curves adjustment layer to show you, you just click on the color that you're thinking of. Do you want to add more blue? For instance? Move your mouse onto the brighter area of a black object and just pull up, and if you pull up, you should end up changing the amount. But in this case, I actually have. This has gotta down pointing arrow. It doesn't need there, and we'll be able to change the color of a black object. You just need to leave the the lower left dot alone, click on the main brightness of the image and move it up. If I came over here and did the same with let's Say Red, then we're gonna end up with instead of blue pants kind of purple ones. But we can do that with black objects, but in the end, it's getting comfortable with two main adjustments. They are curves and hue and saturation, and I hope that I've started you down that path today

Class Description

All individual classes that make up this bootcamp are also available here for individual purchase.


  • Develop an understanding of how Photoshop works
  • Create your ideal workspace
  • Configure the essential preference settings
  • Set up Adobe Bridge and Lightroom for optimal integration with Photoshop
  • Navigate multiple images seamlessly


Adobe® Photoshop® 2020 is a feature-rich creative force, perfect for turning raw ideas into audience-wowing images. With Ben Willmore as your guide, you can master it faster than you think and take on a new decade of projects.

Ben takes you step-by-step through Adobe Photoshop 2020 as only he can. With an easy pace and zero technobabble, he demystifies this powerful program and makes you feel confident enough to create anything. This class is part of a fully-updated bundle – complete with 2020 features and more efficient ways to maximize the tools everyone uses most.

Whether you’re a 20-year designer or you’re opening the app for the first time, this is the perfect way to learn and love using Photoshop. From retouching to masking to troubleshooting, Ben unpacks all the essentials and hidden gems, while giving you real-world examples to drive each lesson home. By the end of the class, you’ll feel eager to make serious magic with Photoshop 2020.


  • Beginner, intermediate, and advanced users of Adobe Photoshop.
  • Those who want to gain confidence in Adobe Photoshop and learn new features to help edit photos.
  • Students who’d like to take ordinary images and make them look extraordinary with some image editing or Photoshop fixes.


Adobe Photoshop 2020 (V21)


  1. Introduction To Adobe Photoshop 2020
  2. Bridge vs. Lightroom
  3. Tour of Photoshop Interface
  4. Overview of Bridge Workspace
  5. Overview of Lightroom Workspace
  6. Lightroom Preferences - Saving Documents
  7. How To Use Camera Raw in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  8. Overview of Basic Adjustment Sliders
  9. Developing Raw Images
  10. Editing with the Effects and HLS Tabs
  11. How to Save Images
  12. Using the Transform Tool
  13. Making Selections in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  14. Selection Tools
  15. Combining Selection Tools
  16. Using Automated Selection Tools
  17. Quick Mask Mode
  18. Select Menu Essentials
  19. Using Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  20. Align Active Layers
  21. Creating a New Layer
  22. Creating a Clipping Mask
  23. Using Effects on Layers
  24. Using Adjustment Layers
  25. Using the Shape Tool
  26. Create a Layer Mask Using the Selection Tool
  27. Masking Multiple Images Together
  28. Using Layer Masks to Remove People
  29. Using Layer Masks to Replace Sky
  30. Adding Texture to Images
  31. Layering to Create Realistic Depth
  32. Adjustment Layers in Adobe Photoshop 2020
  33. Optimizing Grayscale with Levels
  34. Adjusting Levels with a Histogram
  35. Understanding Curves
  36. Editing an Image Using Curves
  37. Editing with Shadows/Highlights Adjustment
  38. Dodge and Burn Using Quick Mask Mode
  39. Editing with Blending Modes
  40. Color Theory
  41. Curves for Color
  42. Hue and Saturation Adjustments
  43. Isolating Colors Using Hue/Saturation Adjustment
  44. Match Colors Using Numbers
  45. Adjusting Skin Tones
  46. Retouching Essentials In Adobe Camera Raw
  47. Retouching with the Spot Healing Brush
  48. Retouching with the Clone Stamp
  49. Retouching with the Healing Brush
  50. Retouching Using Multiple Retouching Tools
  51. Extending an Edge with Content Aware
  52. Clone Between Documents
  53. Crop Tool
  54. Frame Tool
  55. Eye Dropper and Color Sampler Tools
  56. Paint Brush Tools
  57. History Brush Tool
  58. Eraser and Gradient Tools
  59. Brush Flow and Opacity Settings
  60. Blur and Shape Tools
  61. Dissolve Mode
  62. Multiply Mode
  63. Screen Mode
  64. Hard Light Mode
  65. Hue, Saturation, and Color Modes
  66. Smart Filters
  67. High Pass Filter
  68. Blur Filter
  69. Filter Gallery
  70. Adaptive Wide Angle Filter
  71. Combing Filters and Features
  72. Select and Mask
  73. Manually Select and Mask
  74. Creating a Clean Background
  75. Changing the Background
  76. Smart Object Overview
  77. Nested Smart Objects
  78. Scale and Warp Smart Objects
  79. Replace Contents
  80. Raw Smart Objects
  81. Multiple Instances of a Smart Object
  82. Creating a Mockup Using Smart Objects
  83. Panoramas
  84. HDR
  85. Focus Stacking
  86. Time-lapse
  87. Light Painting Composite
  88. Remove Moire Patterns
  89. Remove Similar Objects At Once
  90. Remove Objects Across an Entire Image
  91. Replace a Repeating Pattern
  92. Clone from Multiple Areas Using the Clone Source Panel
  93. Remove an Object with a Complex Background
  94. Frequency Separation to Remove Staining and Blemishes
  95. Warping
  96. Liquify
  97. Puppet Warp
  98. Displacement Map
  99. Polar Coordinates
  100. Organize Your Layers
  101. Layer Styles: Bevel and Emboss
  102. Layer Style: Knockout Deep
  103. Blending Options: Blend if
  104. Blending Options: Colorize Black and White Image
  105. Layer Comps
  106. Black-Only Shadows
  107. Create a Content Aware Fill Action
  108. Create a Desaturate Edges Action
  109. Create an Antique Color Action
  110. Create a Contour Map Action
  111. Faux Sunset Action
  112. Photo Credit Action
  113. Create Sharable Actions
  114. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 1
  115. Common Troubleshooting Issues Part 2
  116. Image Compatibility with Lightroom
  117. Scratch Disk Is Full
  118. Preview Thumbnail



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Alessandro Zugno

In this class Ben Willmore gives an overview of all the tools present in Adobe Photoshop 2020, explaining everything very clearly and with practical examples. This course is useful for any type of photographer who wants to learn the use of Photoshop or improve their post production skills.