Hi friends, I am Azzurra Piccardi, photographer and high end retoucher specialized in fashion and beauty photography. With today’s tutorial I want to show you how I emphasize dark skin, and make it completely black. First and foremost we need to duplicate the background, so press cmd (Mac) or cntr (for Win) + the J key, or go to Level>Duplicate level. Let’s now change its blending mode to multiply, After that, we need to completely desaturate this level by using Hue/saturation To do that you press cmd (Mac) or ctr (Win) + Shift + U or go to Image>Adjustment>desaturation Here we have our saturation removed. This could already be a good result by itself but as you will notice when we use the multiply blending mode, we lose details in the shadows. For this reason, we have to recover them through the Shadows/Highlights function, to do that go to Image>Adjustments>Shadows/Highlight and here we recover the shadows by moving the shadow cursor to the right, and also the one underneath. I don’t like that the result is applied to the whole image, so we have to go create a mask, so press on the layer mask symbol and paint with black brush on this mask. The brush must be very soft and uniform with an opacity of 10-20% maximum, in order to hide the effect gradually … like that … So brush on the lips, trying to stay away from the edges, so it will not look unnatural and then on the teeth, taking care not to make them too white, as well as the sclera, because otherwise it would not look real, if compared with the rest of the image, and will call too much the eye. So let’s just apply a quick brush strok, because we focus more on the mouth and on the cream and not on the teeth and sclera. Even the cream needs a couple of brush strokes, and here the same rule applies, that is, not to overdo with brush strokes, in order to keep our post production as much natural as possible. In fact, if I would apply too much black and if I would mask too much this layer the cream will look too brighten compared with the whole image, and it won’t be coherent with the rest of the image. Now this is a quite dark result, but if that’s not enough, we can duplicate this layer. So cmd (Mac) or (ctr) for Win + the J key or Layer>Duplicate layer and adjust the opacity of the layer to find the right amount of black. My suggestion here is to mask with a black, uniform and soft brush an opacity of 10-20% the low lights, I mean all those areas where we have lost information and we want to recover them. By doing this we retrieve information in the darker areas and we still keep the skin dark on the rest of the areas. This is one of the methods that I adopt to emphasize dark skin. Now you will ask: What if I get a too desaturated results? I would like to have a skin with a less dull tone, how do I do? Well, to do so, you need to not completely desaturate the image in the first step, but keep something like a 15%, for instance. and then proceed as explained earlier, exactly the same steps, but we keep 15% of saturation. This will allow us to keep some of the original color of the image obtaining a slightly more saturated result but still with dark skin. Thanks for watching this tutorial, follow me also on FB and IG, you will find the links below and let me know how you found this technique. Talk you soon.