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Julie Turner
Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 27, 2019 at 10:34:39 pm

I'm working on a piece that uses a few seconds from a clip of Mark Zuckerberg. The skin tone in this image is off—but I'm having trouble correcting it. I've tried so many things, from color board adjustments to bring down the blue, to a tint to bring up the orange. The tint does improve skin tone a bit but turns all highlights orange and it looks strange.

It's a



so you can see what I'm talking about.

I've been learning a lot about color correction on this project and have had good results until this clip. Any tips are really appreciated!


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Oliver Peters
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 27, 2019 at 11:31:56 pm

Is this clip before or after your correction? If you are doing the correction, are you using the color wheels and/or hue/sat curves?

There are matching issues with the cameras, especially the wide shot. I suspect you are fighting the bounce from the blue lights hitting that wall in the background. This will likely require a basic correction and then a mask with secondary correction for his face.

If you'll notice, there's no real contrast separation in his facial features, so any basic overall correction you apply is going to tend to look plastic and pasty. Increase the contrast for his face and reduce saturation for lows and highs slightly, then work on the mids.

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Julie Turner
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 12:58:31 am

To clarify, the clip I linked to is before I've tried any correction. Presumably that's how it was created by CNN? Thanks for the tips; will try both of your suggestions and see what I come up with. As Oliver mentioned, the face is so washed out it just looks strange and unreal.


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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 12:19:05 am

I'd try playing with the Hue vs Hue curve and pulling the magenta out, then use maybe a colour selection mask to isolate his skin tones and tweak from there but there's really not a lot to work with in the original as far as correction goes.

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Julie Turner
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 12:59:22 am

Oh, sorry, that was Jeff that said that about the face being low contrast ... (wish there was an edit button here).


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Julie Turner
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 2:02:32 am

Hi everybody,

Well, I got somewhere with a keyframed mask of his face, thanks so much. It's so far from great, but at least it's now not abysmal! Here's before and after:





I'll tweak it more if I get a chance (clearly there's a lot that still needs work with the feather area)...


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Oliver Peters
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 2:15:53 am

You can also try the hue/sat curves to pick the color of the face and make adjustments within the mask. That way the feathering will be less of an issue, because it's not overall. But be careful, because if you go too extreme with curves it will introduce banding.

Oliver

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Joe Marler
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on May 1, 2019 at 11:45:06 am

Here is about two min. of work using color wheels and vector scope to place a cropped facial region roughly on the skin tone line. I also used a static shape mask to reduce the IRE level of his face to the recommended 45-65 level and increase contrast, then used the mask "outside" setting to bring down the background to match that.



Here is a Larry Jordan video that discusses cropping to a skin region for color correction:







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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 2:20:41 am
Last Edited By Jeff Kirkland on Apr 28, 2019 at 11:49:16 am

There's trick to editing.... click to reply to your own post, then you'll get an edit link under the original message. Took me a couple of years to find that.

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Bret Williams
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 8:55:19 pm

Or click the word “edit” right under your post.

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Jeff Kirkland
Re: Tips on skin tone color correction for this image?
on Apr 28, 2019 at 9:33:56 pm

The option doesn't always show up - or it doesn't for me anyway - and replying to your own post is the workaround.

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