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Practical Photography (UK) - - Photoshopgenius... -

With our area look­ing a lot ti­dier, we now need to make sure the skin tones are uni­form. Cre­ate a Lev­els Ad­just­ment Layer and set the blend­ing mode to Screen. This should make the im­age very light. Now in­vert this Layer Mask by press­ing Ctrl+I so that it is black. Us­ing a small, soft-edged brush at 20% Opac­ity, paint white where you need the skin to ap­pear a bit lighter (per­fect if you’ve missed any ar­eas). Once you’re happy with the re­sults, cre­ate an­other Lev­els Layer and set it to Mul­ti­ply. This will make ev­ery­thing look dark. In­vert this again with Ctrl+I and use the same small, soft-edged white brush at 20% to paint any­where that looks too light. Be­ing pre­cise and pa­tient is the key here. It may work well to use this step to darken just un­der the eyes slightly, just to give them a lit­tle bit of nat­u­ral-look­ing shadow. If you go over the eyes or make a mis­take, in­stead of us­ing Ctrl+Z, you can paint back us­ing a black brush, which ef­fec­tively erases the ef­fect.

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