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Improving Skin Tones on the Panasonic G3

I have been a Panasonic GF1 user when I started to use the Micro 4/3 system a couple of years ago. The GF1’s default raw files needed some tweaking to get pleasing results. It had the strong magenta cast (sorry I’m not well-versed on these advance color jargon haha) on the photos that I had to tweak its auto white balance (AWB) and in post-processing.

The Panasonic G3 seems to have solved this, it provides an improved AWB… however it still has inherited a bit of that cast from the GF1. Especially for skin tones on portraits, it really shows. It is not evident in all situations, some won’t reveal this cast but on some, it will.

Here below are two side-by-side comparisons where I try to remove the cast in Adobe Lightroom via a minor tweaking under the camera calibration. While this is not scientific, I have been using this tweak quite effectively when the situation calls for it. I don’t apply this preset universally to all the photos, it is only useful when the situation calls for it.

What does this preset do?

1. try to correct and remove the cast

2. improve the overall skin tones of portraits

3. provide more accurate rendering of colors

Note: All other settings in this preset are left at Lightroom default.

Update July 2013:  I found that this preset is applicable to the following – Panasonic GF1, Panasonic GX1, Panasonic G3 and Panasonic GH3. Some other Panasonic Micro 4/3 cameras like the Panasonic G5 and others *might* benefit from this preset, although I cannot confirm because I don’t have first-hand experience on those cameras. But I got some feedbacks from the users of this preset that this also works on Panasonic G5 as well as on the other models of the Panasonic G and GH series.

If you wish to get a free copy of this Lightroom preset (xdayv_lumix_preset), I can email it to you. Cheers!

Left side (Select) is before applying xdayv_lumix_preset, right side (Candidate) is after applying the preset:

Improving Skin Tones on Panasonic G3

Improving Skin Tones on the Panasonic G3


Improving Skin Tones on Panasonic G3

Improving Skin Tones on the Panasonic G3

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  • EP1-GF1 - Great work – I would love a copy of the preset!ReplyCancel

  • John Hawkins - Please send me a copy of the preset. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • SteveG - Looks good! Would love to try the preset. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Ed Moore - Hi Dave,

    Could I get the preset please? Seriously wanting to get the G3 in the studio and put it to work. Done some tests at home and found exactly what you’ve put in this post. Magenta certainly creeping in when it can.


  • Mark D - Got a GF3 got similar over red cast on skin tones been trying to find a solution for, this appears to work in your samples, looking forward to trying out


  • Ada - Looks good. I would like to get the presetReplyCancel

  • Greg Huang - Great improvement, could you send me the preset?ReplyCancel

  • Marc vd Weegen - Excellent! Please send me a copy of your preset, RegardsReplyCancel

  • abi - hi there!

    would you please send me the g3 preset? thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • Dan Kane - Dave,

    If the Panasonic Lightroom preset is still available, I would love a copy.


  • Don - I would appreciate if you could email me a copy of xdayv_lumix_preset


  • Roelof - Looks promising. Would you please send it to me? thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Vaclav - Looks great. Could you send me the preset. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Victor - Hi, Dave

    i would like to try your preset. Please send it over. thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Nat - Hey I would like to experiment with your preset. ThanksReplyCancel

  • lom - hi,
    could you send me the preset?ReplyCancel

  • Christopher Luong - photo look beautiful. I really want to try the preset. Would you please send me the preset thank you.ReplyCancel

  • Kathleen Pierce - I just bought a G5, which seems to have similar color issues. Please send me the present. This is very helpful.ReplyCancel

  • Tom - Excellent work!! Would love a copy of your preset.ReplyCancel

  • David Papp - Nice job man. Could you send me the preset also? I’d really appreciate it.ReplyCancel

  • JOHN CONRAD - I would love the preset if you’re still giving them out.ReplyCancel

  • Roelof de Graaf - Hi Dave,

    This really looks promising. I’ve been struggeling with the g3’s skintones en thinking of selling it for an e-m5. I would really like the preset.

    Thanks in advance.

    With kind regards,

    Roelof de GraafReplyCancel

  • David - I am using a GF1 and would love to try the preset.

    By the way, I found you via the thread on mu-43 about the 45mm Olympus lens.ReplyCancel

  • Alan Houghton - would it be possible to send me the preset please thxReplyCancel

  • dave - If preset still available would love a copy pleaseReplyCancel

  • Mark Gewin - Hi Dave,
    Was wondering if it would be possible to get the preset you use to make the skin tones a little better on the G3. Thanks, MarkReplyCancel

  • Rob D - Hi – I’d love to try out your preset. Could you send it to me please?



  • Supiti - I also find out that my G3 has the same skin tone problem. Could you please send a preset to my email? Thank you for creating and sharing a great preset.ReplyCancel

  • ivan - Hi Dave, I’d love to try your preset, I’ve just recently played around with some presets in lightroom and I want to try yoursReplyCancel

  • Peter B - Hi please, email me a copy of your preset (xdayv_lumix_preset)ReplyCancel

  • Bob Kay - Saw your post on MU-43. Would like to try it. Can you send to me, and include instructions on how to use and install?

    Thanks againReplyCancel

  • Anthony C - Hello Dave,

    I have a G5 and it has similar skin tone issues as the G3. If you are still sending the preset out, I love to have a copy.

    Thanks very muchReplyCancel

  • Tim W. - I would truly appreciate the preset.

    Thank you,

  • Jad Morgan - Hello, and Thankyou for your advice. Can you send me this preset? I find the magenta cast on the panasonics really annoying.


  • Ki Thomas - Hi there, please could you send me the Lightroom preset you have created to sort out the magenta tint. Many thanks 🙂 KiReplyCancel

  • HeinerB - Hi Dave, please send me a copy of the preset. Thanks.ReplyCancel

  • Doug - I’d appreciate if you could send me a copy of the preset. thanks in advance!ReplyCancel

  • vince - Hi! Appreciate if you could send me a copy of the preset. Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Nate B - Could you send me a copy of the xdayv_lumix_preset? Thanks!ReplyCancel

  • Darren B - Hi Dave, ca you send me a copy of the lightroom preset. Thanks in advance.ReplyCancel

  • Jon D - Hey Dave,

    I’m struggling with the colors of my GX1 and stumbled upon your page. Would really appreciate it if you sent me your preset, it seems to improve the images a lot.

    Thanks 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Michal - Hi. Before I stumbled upon your site I had found more cameras have similar problem(not only Panys), even latest generation sensors like in this thread http://www.dpreview.com/forums/thread/3388310. I’ve found that lowering red channel saturation to about -18 helps with my GF3. I wonder what’s your solution. Can I have your preset? ThanksReplyCancel

  • Bart_G - Wow! I really like it! Could you share this preset with me please?ReplyCancel

  • Pavel Ryzhkov - Hello ! i hate that magenta cast and had no success thus far of removing it from my photos. I would really like to try your preset out
    thank you !ReplyCancel

  • marc van der Weegen - Hi Dave,

    Still using my G3 and would love to improve the skincolors. If your preset is still available could you please send it to me?
    Thanks in advance!



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