Editing using textures {tutorial}

I thought I would do a fun tutorial on how I use textures to edit my images. I only use Jessica Drossin textures because they add just the right touch to a photo without being overwhelming. The newest Illuminations set is my favorite and if you could only purchase one set I would recommend starting with them. They are well worth the investment!

Here is the before. I think it is important to get your image exposed correctly in camera rather than try to fix a bad image.

The first thing I always do is use the stamp tool to clone out any blemishes or scratches. I do this on a new layer in case I make a mistake or don’t like the way it looks I can go back easily. Once finished I flatten the layer.

Next, I make a new layer (control + j) and using the patch tool I trace the undereye area and drag it down to a lighter area just below. Do this for both eyes.

After tracing both eyes and removing undereye darkness I adjust the opacity to add some of it back in. You do not want to keep it at 100% or it will look too fake!

Now that I have finished editing any blemishes or dark undereyes I add the texture. This one is the “autumn warm” texture from Jessica Drossins Illuminations set.

I use the dropper tool to select a midrange color from the texture and then set the texture layer to “soft light”. I paint over the subject to remove the texture without losing any of the color. I prefer an image with very light texture so I also go over some of the areas to blend a little more. I use the dropper tool to select some of the darker outer colors and continue to blend until I feel the texture has been blended enough.

If I feel like the subject is too warm I add a layer mask and using a soft brush on low opacity I lightly paint over the subject to take away some of the texture color. You can also add in a cool texture to balance out the warm which I sometimes do as well but for this image I didn’t want the texture to get too heavy.

Lastly I smooth the skin and sharpen eyes and mouth using Pure Photoshop Actions “soft and sparkly baby”. I use a lower opacity brush on the skin to keep it from looking plastic.

And here is the final image! This may seem like alot of steps but once you have been doing it for awhile you can go through all of these steps pretty quickly.

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