How to Fix Green Skin Tones in Photoshop
If you aren’t using off camera flash for your outdoor sessions, you will probably end up with green tones on the skin. In this example, I was squeezing in a few more shots at the end of a session and I did not have my flash ready. The light was good so I knew I could fix it later.
If you are noticing green skin tones, you have a trained eye and probably know some advanced techniques in photoshop. So I won’t be going into how to create a layer, etc.
Here is the before image after some basic Camera Raw adjustments.
The skin has some green tones and I like to fix them in photoshop so I can have more control. There are two steps to fixing green skin.
The trusty curve.
The first is a curve. Simply, create a curve layer and lower the mid tones of the green channel. You can mask off the background, but in this case the green was really rich so I did not need to do that. A slight adjustment goes a long way.
Here is the image after the curve adjustment. Pretty good, but you can do more.
Hue Saturation Layer
While the curve did great as an adjustment, there are still green patches in the darker areas. More can still be done.
Create a Hue/Saturation Layer
1. Select the yellow option
2. Slide the Hue slider all the way to the left so you can see the colors you are selecting.
It will look strange but it is only temporary.
3. Next, you can narrow the selection of color further by moving these sliders as shown below.
Now you should only have the parts that appear greenish selected. Toggle the layer on and off to see if you have a good selection.
4. Now shift the hue back towards the center until the skin looks even.
Before and After. Very slight adjustments that make a big difference!
As with anything, there is more than one way to do something. This is what works best for me! Hope it works for you!