colorization magic masterclass

Picking the Facial tones

Tutorial with video instructions

If you want to create the palette of facial tones, there is no need to pick them independently. The presented technique will teach how to adjust the primary color in order to achieve a perfect tone for each area. 

Take this ready-made example, enable the Instant Preview mode and follow our instructions!

This technique will also help your inner colorist to explore and tune your “feel” for the natural tones. With the colorized result in front of your eyes, you can quickly decide whether the new shade is natural and, if necessary, make related changes. Moreover, you will get the immediate idea of which parameter to change to obtain the desired shade. 

In our example, the process of selecting shades took only 2 minutes!

To follow instructions in this tutorial, you will use the HSB Repaint tool and the Instant Preview Mode.

Primary tone

We’ve picked the bright tone as the primary color from the Color Library. 


Watch the video. Note that in the majority of cases, we are increasing the Saturation of the primary color. However, we changed Hue towards red to obtain a pinkish tone over the nostrils and cheeks.

Refer to the screenshots below for the hints on the exact Hue / Saturation / Brightness values. 

tips & tricks

1) By changing the hue, make sure that the result looks natural.

2) As you proceed to the next shade, use the previous tone as the reference before increasing or decreasing original parameters.

3) When you increase the Saturation, the darker areas may become unnaturally bright. Change the Hue a few units towards red for the contrasting color.

4) If the base shade does not create the highlight effect, decrease the Brightness of the tones located over the lightest areas. The resulting grayish color of the mask will reproduce the highlight.