I’ve been spending way to much time working these skin tones. It’s either too much red, orange or way too bright. Who would have thought that exposure, focus and even composition would be the easy part! The eyes can seriously play tricks on you, on the first edit it looks good then when you come back from a drink…. your not so sure. Too much magenta! An important tool when working with skin is to use “info” window in PS and look at the CMYK values. This is such a useful tool especially when you can no longer tell the difference between black of white and you need some real data. The info window gives you the actual color makeup of each pixel either in RGB or CMYK. A good rule of thumb when working with Caucasians is to keep magenta just slightly lower than yellow. Babies are especially hard because this rule doesn’t always apply as babies are on the pinker side of skin tonal range. For the images below my magenta and yellow are often equal with magenta being slightly higher in the shadows. Looking back on this shoot a quick gray card reading would have saved a lot of time by establishing a neutral as the purple walls and sheets create a color cast on the skin. Welcome to the art of skin tones! And Rachel is Gorgeous!!