Frequently asked question about texture work

Hello everyone!  It’s been a while!  I was on vacation 🙂  And it was good!  Only problem is summer never lasts long enough, back to school is upon us, days are way shorter and the nights are cooler…

I thought I’d post a tutorial about THE question everyone asks: How do you remove the texture from faces or skin and keep the tint?

It’s not that difficult you’ll see.  I use two methods that can erase the texture details but preserve the tones, one is faster,  the other will require a bit more work.  But both will come in handy at times.

Let’s start with the first one.

1. Open both the photo and the texture you want to use in Photoshop (For Elements same steps apply for all this tutorial)

2. Drag the texture (or copy and paste) over your photo,  select it with the rectangular marquee tool, then right click and use Free transform to stretch it so it covers entirely your image.

3. With your texture layer in Normal mode at 100% opacity, use the Dropper tool and select a mid-range colour from your texture, not too light, not too dark.  (This is where it gets a bit tricky, if your texture has very strong colours and a wide range of colours, then the second method maybe better for you.)  Just like in the circle, for this particular texture.

4.  Once done, reduce the opacity of your texture to around 60%, so you can see underneath and still see some texture detail ( still in normal mode).

5. With a big soft brush, at around 40 to 50% opacity,  paint over the areas you want to remove the texture detail, when done this is how it should look (screenshot#5)

6.  Blend your texture in the desired mode now, I used Overlay, you decide what you want.  And adjust your opacity, I went with 80% for this particular texture.  That’s it!  You’re done!


For the second method, follow steps 1 to 4, the change will be in how we remove the texture detail.  So at step 5 instead of painting we will use the Magnetic lasso tool and select an area around the face.  Click on your mouse and make your lasso tool follow the edges of the face, click when you have made a full selection, to activate it.  It will look like in step 5 below.

When your selection is active, go to your top menu bar and select Filter > Blur > Gaussian Blur  Run a blur at maximum value, 250.  You will loose all details but will keep the colouring.  This method is useful when your texture has a lot of mixed tones and you are not able to select a mid-range colour easily.  Now, blend your texture in your favorite mode and opacity, here Overlay at 80%.  Done!!  Not that hard wasn’t it?


So here is the before and after, texture used was “Tiziano” from the Renaissance set.



1 Comment on Frequently asked question about texture work

  1. Elena
    August 30, 2011 at 2:41 pm (8 years ago)

    This is indeed useful, Isabelle! Thank you so much for such a well-written tutorial 🙂


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