How to Fix Skin Discolorations in Photoshop

Maybe it’s a birthmark, a chapped cheek, or a bruise.  Whatever the skin discoloration, this technique is a Go-To for me when I’m editing photos.

In this example, we have a photo with a slight birthmark on the eyelid:

before redness

Here is the fix:

1.  Create a blank layer above your image

2.  Select your eyedropper tool (Shortcut key is ‘I’)

3.  Use the eyedropper to ‘sample’ an area of skin that you want to replicate the color of (the ‘normal,’ non-red skin)

eyedropper tool

When you click the skin, your foreground color will change to the color you’ve chosen…

color swatch

4.  Select your Brush tool (Shortcut is ‘B’).  Play around with the numbers.  I usually use 20% opacity and 20% flow or 15% opacity and 40% flow.  For this example I’ve used the latter.

options bar

5.  Begin painting on your blank layer in small strokes over the birthmark (or other discoloration).  The reduced opacity and flow really helps it all appear natural.  Here is the after:

after fixing

This technique works well on any discolored area if the Patch tool isn’t doing the trick.  Give it a try next time!!  Thanks for stopping by!

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6 Responses to How to Fix Skin Discolorations in Photoshop

  1. Jade says:

    First of all I just want to say thank you so much for an awesome blog! I discovered it only yesterday and already have learnt a lot!
    I was trying to even out skin discolouration as you’ve directed in this tutorial however when I create a blank layer and try to paint it on nothing happens! I don’t know wether I have created the wrong kind of layer or not? Very confused!

    • Angie says:

      Hi Jade! Thank you so much for visiting! Make sure that the blending mode of both your brush and the layer are set to ‘normal’. Sometimes that gets switched, and it can cause a problem! Let me know if that doesn’t work and I’ll try and help you figure it out. :)

  2. Lallie says:

    That was a quick tutorial but is really a good one for all who has just started learning photo editing. Keep it up!

  3. Karen says:

    Hi! I just found your blog and Facebook page this morning and want to thank you for sharing and teaching. Your tutorials are wonderful, and I hope you will continue adding more this year. The time and attention to detail you put into your tutorials really shows, and your efforts truly bless others learning from you. Thank you, again!

    • Angie says:

      Hi Karen!
      Thank you so much for visiting, I so appreciate your message! Definitely put a smile on my face this morning!! :) I’m so glad you’ve found some helpful info here!

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