How to Add a Tan to Your Model in Photoshop

On this video tutorial Aaron Nace from Phlearn demonstrates how to create artificial tan using Adobe Photoshop.

According to Nace: “The real key to changing skin tone is to focus on the highlights and shadows separately. Some effects will look great over the highlights, but will be too strong on the shadows”. The basic technique he demonstrates in this video is using the ‘Blend if’ sliders to adjust layer visibility based on highlights and shadows.

The last step is to fine tune the color using a ‘Selective Color’ adjustment layer and choose ‘Reds’ from the drop-down list. Using the sliders, fine tune the amount of cyan, magenta, yellow and black to get the perfect tan color.

Only recently we have published our own video (on LensVid Exclusive Editing Tip section) about how to “Improve Skin Tone Quickly” which you might also be interested in as well as some other skin tones related videos here on LensVid.

You can find many more Photoshop video tutorials on LensVid’s Photoshop section (and you can find a lot more Phlearn videos on our special Phlearn subsection).

Iddo Genuth
Iddo Genuth is the founder and chief editor of He has been a technology reporter working for international publications since the late 1990's and covering photography since 2009. Iddo is also a co-founder of a production company specializing in commercial food and product visual content.

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