I am fascinated with the way some people are so good at using textures to change their images. I’m more of a ‘recreational user’ when it comes to textures, but I wanted to share this one I was playing around with because the textures really changed the feel of the image! It’s fun to play!
Here is the Before:
And here is where we are going with it:
Let’s get started! The first thing I did was to soften the undereye circles with the patch tool. Here is the result:
Next, I ran my free Sparkling Eyes action and painted it onto the eyes with a 20% brush:
Then I warmed up the highlights with a color balance layer (to warm especially the skin):
Next, I did a small curves bump to brighten the midtones.
Now that I feel like my image is nice and ‘cleaned up’, I added my first texture. This first texture was free from Shadowhouse Creations. It is “Blur-11″ from the free October 2012 Blurred Texture Set.
I removed some of the lightness/texture from her eyes and mouth so they weren’t so ‘washed out’. I just painted on the mask with a soft black brush at about 20% opacity. Here is what my mask looks like up close, you can see where I painted lightly over the eyes and mouth:
And here is the image with the first texture applied (again, on Screen mode at 44%, eyes and mouth lightly masked out):
Next I really wanted to infuse some warmth into the image, so I used a Gradient Map Adjustment layer (after my Happy Accident, I love using Gradient Map adjustment layers on different blending modes to really change the colors/tones in an image!). I chose a bright pink and a bright orange for the colors.
I put the pink/orange Gradient Map layer on the Soft Light blending mode, and turned the opacity down just a bit to 93%. Here is where we are now:
Finally, for some extra dreamy light, I added a bokeh texture. This particular texture was, again, free from Shadowhouse Creations. It is called “Bokeh-1″ and is from the October 2012 Bokeh Texture Set.
I placed it on top of my image, set it to the ‘Hard Light’ blending mode, and reduced the opacity to 85%. Then again I added a mask and painted over the subject with a soft black brush set at 90%. The red shows where I removed the bokeh texture:
And that’s it! Here is the After (If you’re on a computer, you can hover to see the Before/After comparison):
I hope you guys enjoyed this tutorial!! Do you play around with textures a lot? Any good tips to share?