This is why I don't trust CMYK %'s

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This is why I don't trust CMYK %'s

Ok so according to CMYK %'s this picture is spot on...or close to anyway. I usually check on foreheads, right below the eye in the corner and usually right below the lip area. I try to avoid areas that are naturally more red than other spots. So why does he look all pale and sickly in this first one (to me he does anyway)? I changed it and went with what my eye thinks is best. We are Hispanic so our skin is naturally a bit more yellow. I guess it doesn't really matter much since I'm the one who will be printing and what matters most is what I see in my prints right? But just thought I'd share anyway and get your thoughts on this. This is my brother btw. Smile I am re-editing some pictures from last year. I love going back through folders sometimes to see what I've missed. Biggrin

cmyk %'s for this one were: C-19 M-41 Y-48 K-1

And what I think looks good.
C-12 M-38 Y-48 K-0

the second might be a bit too yellow. I can definitely tone that down a bit. But the %'s won't be exact at all even if I do that. Strange. I don't trust that I am calibrated properly either even though I've calibrated I don't know how many times now! Ugh! Anyone else here calibrated that can confirm which picture looks better? Smile

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The cmyk numbers that you are going by( if its from the tut shared here) if for paler white skin tones, different ethinic backgrounds mean slightly different numbers.

For hispanic skin cyan should be 1/4 to 1/3 less than the yellow. Yellow should be 0-15 points high than the magenta.

I use the CMYK as a guide and usually only if I have issues with colour casts in the photo.

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well that explains it! Lol thanks a lot! i'll make a note of that! (is there a site somewhere that has that info?) i usually use cmyk %'s just to check the skin tones. I am slowly getting use to what "normal" is in my eye since I am calibrated now. I'm sure in the future I won't need to check skin tones so much anymore...well at least I hope. Smile

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Here's a really good source I found http://www.graphicconnectionkc.com/skin-tone-correction.html There's also a really good tutorial on a paid forum called clickin moms

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awesome thanks Smile

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Um....they both look fine to me. Both are correct by the numbers...just in a different way.

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cool Smile thanks!