Mar 25, 2013

Create Skin Texture From Scratch In Photoshop

Create Skin Texture Using Clipping Masks

After we’ve brushed over the Shadows underneath the eye, it’s important that Skin Texture we create is applied only to the brushed area. Using a Clipping Mask is a great way to achieve a seamless Transition between the original skin and our homemade skin.

Using Smart Objects & Filters

Using Smart Objects will allow you to treat your Filters such as Gaussian Blur almost like layers, letting you change the Opacity and visibility after they’ve been applied. To create a realistic Skin Texture, you can create a layer with 50% grey, Add Noise, and turn it into a Smart Object. using a combination of the Gaussian Blur and Emboss Filters will create a perfect Skin Texture over the brushed area.

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    This is actually all one exposure. It was an 8 second shutter speed. Einstein modeling light camera left geld red in a large Octa with grid. Einstein strobe in beauty dish with grid cemera right and hotshoe flash as rim light geld with full CTO. Only thing I did in photoshop was a couple curves adjustments.

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    Graet tutorial Aaron, thanks. We still can’t see from the Tool Option Manu Bar up. It’s out of the frame.

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    Jason Hermosa

    Wow! Thanks! I had this problem last night where unwanted light is passing through my model’s hair hitting her face. I was just about to send you the image so you could show us how to fix it. Thanks!!

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    Wow…I have been trying to figure out how to do this for literally a year. Actually I gave up, because I could not make it look realistic. I knew somehow that noise and emboss should work, but the clipping mask and the smart object make it so targeted and “tweakable” – that is a major shift in how I think about about this. Also the sequence of blur THEN emboss is cool…thought it would have to be the other way round. AND I did not know you could apply opacity settings to individual FILTERS…I learned so much in just a few minutes – what a great tutorial.

    So creative and inspiring.

    Thank you Aaron!

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    Lynda D.

    This has helped me more than I can say. But I’m using Photoshop CS2, unfortunately. I can’t afford to upgrade. CS2 doesn’t seem to have that clipping action you describe in your video, so I’ve had to bypass that step. Can you go over some things that CS2 users can use when adding skin texture? Thanks!

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    Skyy Vega

    Every time I go to hit shift delete on a new layer like what you did I keep getting a warning saying “Could not complete the Cut command because the selection is empty

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      Hey Skyy! Are you sure you are 1) working on / have selected the right layer and 2) have a selection made via the marquee/lasso/pen tool?

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    You would be even more flexible, if you applied the add noice filter after you converted the 50% gray layer to a smart filter. So you could adjust all 3 filters afterwards.