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Skin tones
AQua_ng at 3:30AM, Oct. 8, 2006
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Can anybody suggest a good colour for a skin of a chinese person? Yellow isn't cutting it for me now. A HTML code would be prefered, but you can do something else.

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Mark at 6:34AM, Oct. 8, 2006
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I got an idea. Take a picture of yourself (im asuming your chinese) or any other chinky person, view it with your prefered photo editor, and use the dropper tool thingy to take the skin colour of the person.
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AQua_ng at 8:25AM, Oct. 8, 2006
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Sounds good. I'm gonna scan my face in. I would scan my hand, but that's no fun, is it?

Irelevant rambling: I used to have the nickname “Chinky” when I was 13. Nothing racist was of it, until my friends and I found out it was.

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Rimbaum at 9:41AM, Oct. 12, 2006
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When you do that, though, try to be sure that it isn't strictly a point sample. If you're using Photoshop, you can adjust the sample size to, say, a 3x3 set of pixels so you get a more average color. Also don't forget to choose a fairly mid-level tone so you can add highlights and shadows while still making the skin color look fairly realistic.


Of course, all that is assuming that you're going to be like me and spend a fairly good amount of time on shading. But the first part about getting a slightly more average color sample is the best advice I can give in either case. All too many times, a scanned image (even if it's of your face) won't be a flat color, it's going to be composed of many, slightly differently-colored pixels, so you do want to get the average of those for the best color.
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Aeon at 8:29PM, Oct. 12, 2006
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This tutorial, and it's several follow ups, have been invaluable to me as a reference for different skin tones, body types, hair and eye colors… you name it. You should be able to copy it into an image program and lift colors straight from the samples.

http://www.deviantart.com/deviation/32046017/
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AQua_ng at 8:38AM, Oct. 14, 2006
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Thanks a lot Aeon, that's really useful for me in the future.

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