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Mastering Photoshop

The Skinny on Skin

Is there a magic formula for correcting skin tones? The people in my images never seem to look right.

Producing accurate flesh tones is among the greatest challenges in Photoshop. One of the reasons for the difficulty is that we see and evaluate skin colors constantly: “You look a little pale.” “Too much sun this weekend?” “You must be freezing!” In part because of how aware we are of the appearance of people around us, we are sensitive to the appearance of skin in images, too.


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