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I was editing some slightly overexposed pictures set against a white background, and decided I wanted to do a quick adjustment on the model without affecting the color of the background. I’m a total Photoshop novice, so my first impulse was to grab the Quick Selection tool – but there were a number of areas that would have been fiddly. That’s when I thought, “There’s got to be a better way to do this!”

Adobe Help provided Select a color range in an image, which was exactly what I was looking for – and a bit more: a short video on selecting and correcting skin tones (plus steps to save a skin tone selection as a preset). I need to revisit this page soon to really get skin tone and color range selections into my brain.

My only regret is that I didn’t discover Photoshop skin tone selections before Halloween – I would have loved to Photoshop my head into a scene with Dorium Maldovar.

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