Hello guys I am Vaibhav and in this tutorial I am going to show you how to select skin tones using Photoshop CS6. Last time I discussed about Partial Black and White in Photoshop which is a recommended tutorial for Photoshop enthusiasts. The function I am going to use in Skin Tone preset which you can fine in Color Range. Note that you can not find skin tone preset in any version previous than CS6. Along with color range I am going to use Quick Mass tool to do deselect the unwanted areas. In the end I will also use Refine Edge tool to give final touch to our selection. So lets start.

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Open your image in Photoshop. Then go to Select>Color Range. This will open color range box. The very first thing we need to do is to set the as Skin Tones. Note that you will not find this preset in CS5 or previous versions.

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Next thing we need to do is to turn on Detect Faces. Sometimes by turning on detect faces will improve our selection a lot. In the preview panel the white area that you are seeing is going to be selected and the black area that you are seeing is not going to be selected. 99% of time I keep my fuzziness slider in the range of 1-5 because it’s a very strong slider. Just by increasing it by the amount of 1, our selection will change dramatically.

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I know many times you want to adjust the background or any anything but the skin tones. To do this kind of things you can click on Invert and Photoshop will invert our selection. In the above image the black area is NOT going to be selected and the white area is going to be selected.

Press OK. Your image should look like this.

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  • Ravi Varma Nrv

    I Done What U Have Said but while using masking tool skin color changing

    • Vaibhav

      I see that you have enabled “Quick Mask Mode”. Actually the skin color is not changing. As the “Quick Mask Mode” is turned on, your skin is overlaid my Red color. Simply press Q to disable Quick mask Mode.

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