This week we’ll talk about skin color correction in Capture One! I’ll show you my favorite hints to even out skin color, and you’ll learn how to uniform skin tone with Lightness and Saturation sliders.
But first, I have to answer your questions about the new Ultimate Capture One Toolkit!
Your interest in the new Toolkit is just massive, and that’s awesome; thank you! Still, I should have communicated some key features of the Toolkit better.

First of all, Ultimate Capture One Toolkit is a brand-new set; all the styles are also new. The 40 Ready Looks in the Toolkit are entirely different from my previous Pro Color Grading styles or Film Styles. Feel free to download 5 sample styles from the new Toolkit and try them in your workflow.

Secondly, one of the main features of the new Toolkit is that it will have 12 free upgrades delivered to you monthly. Thus, there will be way more tools in the final version of the kit! I’ve created a timeline of the 12 upcoming free upgrades:

Finally, I understand your worries about buying anything on Black Friday eve. That’s why I guarantee you that there will be no better offer for the new Toolkit on Black Friday than it’s now!
Remember that the 30% Early Bird Discount is valid only till November 11!

Now, to the skin color correction!

Hidden Features of Color Editor Skin Tone

I’m sure you’re familiar with the Color Editor Skin Tone tool. If not, the concept is pretty simple:
You can quickly pick a skin tone you like and adjust the Hue slider to even out the selected range of skin colors. However, there are several hidden tricks to make skin correction easier.

Set New Color Sample Quickly

You can always set a new color sample simply by moving the dot in the color range:

My rule of thumb is to adjust the Hue slider first and then move the dot to find the perfect color tone.

Even Out Lightness and Saturation

Even skin on a portrait is not just an even hue. Sometimes, you need to uniform Lightness and Saturation as well. Here is a typical use case:

I can easily even out the hue of the nose, but it will still stand out in the image:

To get the natural look, we’re going to mask the nose and adjust the Lightness and Saturation slider.
The first one is Lightness. Set a value around 20-50 and then adjust the  Lightness slider on the right of the color wheel to find the lightness that fits this area best:

Next is the Saturation slider. Similarly, set a value around 20-50 and adjust the Saturation slider on the left of the color wheel. The resulting skin tone looks even and natural:

Mask Skin, Not Lips

One of the most severe mistakes to avoid is evening out lips color together with skin tone. Your image will immediately lose naturality, making the whole portrait look fake.

You Don’t Need a 100% Even Skin Tone

Finally, Color Editor allows you to get a 100% even hue, but such skin tone looks rather unnatural.
I recommend setting the Hue value around 30-70%, depending on a particular shot. The higher values are helpful when there is a strong color cast you need to get rid of.

I use various Skin Tone presets in my work, and I’ll release them as a free upgrade to the Ultimate Capture One Toolkit. Only till November 11 you can save 30% on the kit, enjoy the new tools now, and benefit from 12 free upgrades delivered to you monthly.

If you’ve never heard about the Ultimate Capture One Toolkit, it is a brand-new set of tools to make your Capture One workflow faster and easier than ever. 


The Toolkit contains:

40 Ready Looks to find the right adjustments for your image in no time.Color Shift styles to change any object’s color in just a few clicks.

Dynamic Symmetry grids to evaluate your composition and arrange it according to the key elements of your shot.

Seven custom aspect ratios that cover popular social media and cinema looks.

50 Style Brushes to easily apply Ready Looks and Color Shift styles locally.

Plus, many more new tools are to come with 12 free upgrades delivered to you monthly. Yes, you will receive an upgrade to the Ultimate Capture One Toolkit free of charge every month!



Alexander Svet – Professional photographer and photography instructor. Phase One Certified Professional and Capture One beta tester.