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How to Color Correct Portraits and Skin Tones in Lightroom 3

By Pye Jirsa on June 25th 2011


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Alright guys, welcome to our first tutorial where we are going to start on our little journey of editing and developing in Lightroom.

In this Lightroom video tutorial, we are going to focus on techniques to color correct portraits. The main priority when correcting portrait images is really nailing the correct skin tones of your subject. So, we will be teaching you various techniques on adjusting temperature and tint, smoothing highlights and details, and more in order to get our skin tones looking nice and natural.

After we correct each image, we are going to save our develop settings for each corrected image to a Snapshot. That way we can constantly refer back to each develop style for our images as we work through this series.

Since we are working through 4 examples, we are going to move fairly quick. I want the images corrected, but I am not too worried about getting them 100% perfect as we are going to be revisiting them in future tutorials as we get to touching up and artistic editing videos. So, for now, focus more on the technique, get your images 90% – 95% completed, then move to the next image.

Enjoy guys!

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Note: These images have been provided to the SLR Lounge users curteousy of Lin and Jirsa Photography for educational purposes only. They may not be used in any other manner outside of these SLR Lounge learning videos without the express written consent of Lin and Jirsa Photography. Thank you.

Full RAW Exercise Files (265MB) – For faster connections. The full RAW files will allow you to follow the tutorials while achieving the exact same results as shown.
JPEG Exercise Files (24MB) – For slower connections. The JPEG files will allow you to follow the tutorials, although the results may vary due to not having the image details of the full RAW file.


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Q&A Discussions

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  1. Shujon Mia

    Thanks for sharing this useful article 

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  2. Joseph Prusa


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  3. Kaio Rocha

    I can’t download it :(

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  4. Rafael Steffen

    This is a great article! Thanks pye for the great explanation on white balance correction. Thanks again!

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  5. Alfredo

    This is a very helpful tutorial!  The advice on handling highlights in the face was spot on.  I went back and re-edited some photos and the difference was fantastic.  Thank you for putting together this series of video tutorials.

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  6. Pmailletblogs

    I’m watching your tutorials. Why are your settings so much different from mine? For example, your temp setting goes into the thousands, the maximum in mine is 100.

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  7. An

    Why reduce CLARITY then SHARPEN?

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    • Payam Jirsa

      Clarity and Sharpening are two completely different things. Clarity is a contrast adjustment that changes mid-tone contrast. Sharpening is actually sharpening detail in the image.

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    • An

      thanks, I hadn’t realised that.

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  8. SteveLig

    This was excellent! Works very nicely! Thanks!!!

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  9. Mauro_espito Hafiz

    coll men :d

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  10. Dawn

    i look forward to viewing the advanced editing tutorial. I have learned some valuable tips watching this. thank you.

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  11. Tom

    Thanks for the extra advice …

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