Tan lines. They can make even the most seasoned retoucher want to scream in agony. Summer is near, but never fear; with just a few simple adjustments in Photoshop, those pesky sun-baked streaks can be swept out to sea like a mermaid at high tide.
In this video by one of my Photoshop favorites, the always enjoyable Aaron Nace, we revisit a simple yet effective way to match skin tones in order to remove the appearance of angry red skin and super-white tan lines. In addition to evening out two stark contrasts in skin tone, we will also add back in a nice bronze glow on our subject for a believable, overall sunkissed look. As Aaron explains here, when there is such a stark contrast in skin tones, you really need to adjust both the tanned skin and the lighter skin in order to reach a believable middleground. After making selections of skin, it’s just a matter of making a few Hue/Saturation adjustments until things start to match up.
After cleaning up some spotty areas with the Healing Brush, Aaron goes back in and adds some beautifully bronzed suntan to the skin he lightened, making it all blend together more realistically. Finally, you will learn how to bring back definition and add a little more prominence to your subject’s features using a little dodge and burn. You’ll have your sun-worshiping subjects looking perfectly bronzed in no time. Enjoy!