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How to Edit Skin Tones In Lightroom

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Our presets are created for all skin tones, including dark skin.

In the rare event that the presets slightly alter your skin tone, you'll want to adjust the orange bar.

The orange bar is where skin tones fall.

You may find that the presets work perfectly, or you may find that the skin is slightly too dark, too light, or too orange.

If adjustments need to be made to the skin tone, I highly recommend adjusting the orange luminance and the orange saturation sliders ever so slightly!

To get to the orange bar on the free Lightroom mobile app, you'll click the Color tab, which is located in the bottom menu where you see the crop, light, presets, etc. tabs.

Once you click color, you will click the Color Wheel Icon next to Mix.

From there, you'll click the Orange Circle.

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Orange Luminance:

The lower (-) the orange luminance, the darker and more tan skin will look, resulting in a natural look.

The higher (+) the orange luminance, the lighter and brighter skin will look, resulting in a perfect skin tone.

Orange Saturation: 

If the area of skin tone is too orange, you may want to make minor adjustments to lower (-) the orange saturation in the saturation section of the HSL panel. 

Be careful with the orange saturation slider!

If you slide too low, you’ll lose all skin tones; if you slide too high, the skin will look too orange!

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A Tutorial on How to Use Presets for Editing Magic!

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A tutorial on using presets for editing magic would involve selecting a preset that suits your style and applying it to your photo.

You can then adjust the settings to fine-tune the effect.

Experiment with different presets until you find one that works best for your photo.

Remember, presets are a great starting point, but always adjust as needed to achieve your desired results.

Happy editing!

How to Edit Skin Tones in Lightroom?

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Lightroom is an excellent tool for editing skin tones, and there are several ways to achieve the desired result.

One of the best ways is to use the HSL panel to adjust the hue, saturation, and luminance of specific colors in your image.

Another method is to use the Color Grading panel, which allows you to adjust the overall color balance of your image.

Additionally, you can use the Tone Curve panel to fine-tune specific areas of your photo or use presets designed specifically for skin tones.

Experimenting with these different techniques can help you find the best way to edit skin tones in Lightroom that suits your style and preferences.


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Using the Lightroom app is a great way to edit the look of your photos in one place and gives you options to make smart adjustments to your photo.

There are some tricks you need to know to use the app and enjoy the result of presets smoothly, and that is what I will show you today!

In this tutorial, you will learn how to use Lightroom to its fullest potential with editing lr.

One of the features of Lightroom is the ability to adjust the RGB values of your photos, giving you even more control over the final look of your images.

With Lightroom's workflow, you can easily make adjustments to your photos and create stunning images.


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Inside your Light tool, you will find multiple adjustments that will drastically correct the aspect of your skin, including the adjustment brush.

  • EXPOSURE: You need to set a proper exposure for your photo to have correct lighting, not too light, not too dark adjust it so that it is natural 
  • CONTRAST: Too much contrast will not look nice on your skin, especially if you have imperfections; not enough contrast will give you a flat affect 
  • HIGHLIGHTS: Correct the highlights to control the brightness of the photo; you want it to look natural. This is also a way to add glow to your skin. softly 
  • SHADOWS: If you set the shadows to low, you will not have enough details on your skin; not enough shadows are not nice on your skin. You need to have the structure on your face with some delimitation. The shadows will give you this effect. If they are too strong, just slightly lift them to get information back 
  • WHITES / BLACKS: Play a role in the general aspect of the photo and, therefore, your skin tone as well. If the photo still looks too light or too dark correct these functions.

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Your color tool will focus on general and specific adjustments of the tones in your photo, including hue saturation luminance and tone curve, the HSL panel, and the color channel.

One specific adjustment that can be made is the red curve, which can enhance or reduce the number of red tones in your photo.

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Another specific adjustment that can be made is the blue curve, which can enhance or reduce the number of blue tones in your photo.

  • TEMPERATURE: Regulate your general white balance here, is your photo too blue/cold? Too yellow/warm? Adjust it to a natural ambiance.
  • TINT: Pay attention to the photo and look if it has a pinkish undertone or a greenish aspect. Adjust slightly if needed.
  • VIBRANCE: Vibrance is a smart color adjustment tool. A preset car removes Vibrance in its settings or boosts it, which will affect your skin tone. Make sure the amount of color on your skin is natural, not grey, and not flashy.
  • SATURATION: This tool boosts all the photos' colors equally; if your photo still looks dull or too colorful, adjust the saturation. You can also balance out the vibrance by lowering the saturation.

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Inside your color tool, you have an easy way to MIX colors; open it, and you will be able to regulate how each color individually appears on your photo.

Your skin tone issues, light skin color, are handled by the app under the Orange color and slightly with red and sometimes a bit of yellow.

Additionally, you can adjust the tint sliders and white balance sliders to further fine-tune the colors in your photo.

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  • Open the Orange color and discover the HSL (Hue - Saturation - Luminance) of the orange color.
  • HUE shifts the selected color to its next color in the color spectrum. You will be able to turn the orange to Yellow or Red on the opposite side. This will affect your skin tone a lot. If you look pinkish or green, the Hue will help you correct this. 

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  • SATURATION: If the orange tones are highly saturated in your preset, this will make you look color-block orange, soften the effect for a natural saturation of the skin, and make sure not to remove too much; otherwise, you will look grey.

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  • LUMINANCE will add white or black to your color. Turn it up to have fair skin. Turn it down to look tan. It's the best tool to adjust skin tone and what will make a huge difference in your photo.

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  • Open the red tones
  • Make sure the Red luminance is not too high. This causes your lips to disappear usually.
  • Control the flush on your cheeks with saturation and luminance.
  • Fade the pigmentation with the luminance of the red and saturation, don't overdo it, or you will have grey spots on your face.
  • If you still need correction, check the yellow tones and adjust the HSL of the yellow

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In conclusion, editing skin tones in Lightroom can greatly enhance the overall look of your photo.

By adjusting the orange, red, and yellow colors individually through the HSL tool, you can correct any issues with your skin tone and achieve a natural look.

Remember to use the luminance slider for fine-tuning, and don't overdo saturation or luminance, as it could lead to an unnatural appearance.

With these tips, you can master the art of skin tone editing in Lightroom and take your photos to the next level.

Upload to your Instagram and enjoy more engagement and followers!

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