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Correcting Skin Color / Skin Tones in LightroomPosted: July 15th, 2009 | Author: admin | Filed under: Uncategorized | Tags: cmyk, color correction, lightroom, numbers, retouching, rgb, skin, skin color, skin tones | 2,519 Comments »This tutorial is directed primarily at those who use Lightroom in lieu of Photoshop. There’s really no substitute for the power of curves, masks, and CMYK number evaluations — none of which are available to those who do all of their processing in Lightroom. With that said, reasonably accurate skin color corrections can be performed with Lightroom alone, and I think it’s worthwhile for all Lightroom users even if you have Photoshop to improve their understanding of color evaluation. Now that I’ve taken the time to figure this out, I do find myself achieving more pleasing color in Lightroom prior to export, as skin evaluations are a great way to determine proper white balance if no neutral gray exists. Let’s get into it …Color Readouts in Lightroom vs. PhotoshopLightroom’s color space is called “Melissa RGB” also referred to as “bastard RGB” or “lovechild RGB,” depending on who you ask. It’s based on ProPhoto RGB with an sRGB gamma curve. It’s not really important that you understand the intricacies of the color space; what’s important is understanding that RGB numbers mean different things depending on the RGB color space in which you are working. RGB numbers applied in the Adobe RGB color space, for example, look significantly different than applying the same numbers in the sRGB color space. We’ve all seen what happens when our browsers interprets the numbers of an Adobe RGB image in the sRGB color space: we get dull, muddy colors.

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