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Hey there!

I am not asking anyone to part with trade secrets, but I can't figure out how to not whitewash a poc with my current coloring. Does anyone have any tips?


Jul. 12th, 2021 06:21 pm (UTC)
What's your current process? c:
Jul. 12th, 2021 06:49 pm (UTC)
Give me a sec (or two) and I can throw a screengrab that should give you a rough idea, anyhow.
Jul. 12th, 2021 07:13 pm (UTC)
Here you go! Basically, color lookup, bright/contr,curves, levels, plus white fill or gray layers to brighten/mute caps, and solid color layers to give colors a lil' oomph if needed.
Jul. 12th, 2021 08:27 pm (UTC)
Okay, SO! Our icon processes are super different, so I don't know how much help I'll be, but when I'm trying to avoid washing out skin tone I lean more towards bumping up black levels in exposure to give contrast and only doing as much brightening as completely necessary to keep it from looking too dark; for recoloring, you just want to make sure you aren't leaning too heavily in the opposite direction of the skin tone, since that's going to cancel it out.

Grabbed an unedited cap with eh lighting for an example:

I worked with a duplicate layer set to screen and did my adjustments there, bumping the black levels in the exposure way up for contrast, adjusting the color balance to my liking to give it less of a beige tone, adjusted the contrast just a little, and did a very low opacity blue color layer to adjust the color temperature (which obviously can just be done with color temperature, but this way I could adjust opacity to see exactly where I wanted it asdfgh.)

YMMV tho, since everyone has a different preferred aesthetic and outcome. c:
Jul. 12th, 2021 08:39 pm (UTC)
I really wanted to love gimp for their color temp feature, but it makes me feel like photoshop did way back when and I can't.

But ty ty this actually helped! I'm going to fiddle around a little bit with selective coloring and see if that's what I'm looking for.
Jul. 12th, 2021 09:37 pm (UTC)
Man, I always forget y'all don't have color temp LOL, I'm glad I didn't have anything in there that needed it.
Jul. 12th, 2021 09:43 pm (UTC)
I think technically, it equates to color balance in photoshop? It's just more fiddlesome.
Jul. 13th, 2021 10:42 am (UTC)
I think I more or less figured it outski??