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Chapter 6. The Color of Money: Color Cor... > Correcting Flesh Tones for Photos Go... - Pg. 171

The Photoshop CS2 Book for Digital Photographers Step Three: In the Info palette, look at the CMYK readout (on the right side of the palette). If the magenta reading is higher than the yellow reading, you'll have to adjust the balance of the magenta and the yellow. In the example shown here, the magenta reads 53% and the yellow is only 38%, so there's 15% more magenta, and that means instant sunburn; so you'll have to adjust this balance to get perfect flesh tones. Step Four: You might be tempted to just lower the amount of magenta, but to keep our adjustment from appearing too drastic, we'll do a balanced adjustment: Lower the magenta some, and then increase the yellow enough until we hit our goal of 3% to 5% more yellow. In the Curves dia- log, choose Magenta from the Channel pop-up menu. To find out exactly where the magenta in your flesh-tone area resides on the curve, press-and-hold Shift-Command (PC: Shift-Control) and click once in the sample flesh-tone area. This adds a point to the Magenta chan- nel curve right where the magenta in the flesh tone is located. (And because you added the Shift key, it also added a point to your yellow curve, which you'll see in a moment.) Continued Color Correction Secrets Chapter 6 171