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Add a brown tan to a pale skin in Photoshop

If you think you look too pale on your vacation bikini photos, you can add some nice tan to them, without risking a sunburn.

 
  Author: mat | Version: CS5 | 12th June 2012 |  
 
 
1.
 

Open a picture you want to add some nice tan too.

 
 
2.
 

Let's now make a selection using the Quick Mask Mode.

Click here if you want to learn about making selections using the Quick Mask Mode.

 
 
3.
 

Create a selection of the skin you want to add some tan to.

 
 
4.
 

Press Q to Edit in Standard Mode again.

 
 
5.
 

Press Shift + Ctrl + I to inverse the selection.

Let's now make the edges of our selection a bit softer.

In the menu click Select and choose Refine Edge...

Set Smooth to about 8 and Feather to about 1.0 px.

Click OK.

 
 
6.
 

Selection is now finished.

 
 
7.
 

Press Ctrl + J to create a new layer from the selection.

 
 
8.
 

In the menu click Image, Adjustment and choose Exposure...

Set the Gamma Correction to about 0.42, don't over do it though.

Click OK.

 
 
9.
 

Press Ctrl + J to duplicate the layer.

This time Ctrl + J duplicated the whole layer into a new selection, as you probably noticed in the Step 7 the same function created a new layer from your selection.

 
 
10.
 

In the menu click Image, Adjustments and choose Photo Filter...

Choose the Color option and click the color square to choose a new color (see picture).

 
 
11.
 

Select a nice golden brown color.

I've chosen the color with the code #90560a.

Click OK.

 
 
12.
 

Boost the filter Density to 100 % and uncheck the Preserve Luminosity option.

Click OK.

 
 
13.
 

Set the top layer's Blending Mode to Darken and Opacity to about 20%.

 
 
14.
 

Now select the middle layer (Layer 1).

In the menu click Image, Adjustments and choose Brightness/Contrast...

Set the Brightness to about -20 and Contrast to 10.

Play a bit with the sliders to achieve results suited for your own image.

Click OK.

 
 
15.
 

And that's it, a nice tan of brown has been applied.

 
 
16.
 

And the original picture for comparison.

 
 
 
   
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