Our goal is to take textures from an image and put them onto one layer and put the tone, colors and shadows onto a different layer. This allows you to work on texture or color on the other independently. This allows you to retain image (skin) texture while retouching teh blotchiness of color etc..
|1||Start by making two separate copy layers Command-J x2.|
|2||Rename top layer TEXTURE and Rename middle layer Color, make them a group|
|3||Hide Texture layer for now by turning off the eyeball.|
|4||make the Blur layer active and (optionally make that layer a sart object so oyu can change the blur amount later)Filter-> Blur->Gaussian Blur|
|5||Blur it until the texture just disappears, the amount depends on image content and resolution of image.|
|6||Next make Texture layer visible, by clicking its eyeball and make it active by clicking on the layer|
|7||Now, We are going to subtract this layer from the previous layer by running a filter on it.|
a. In the top box, the Layer should say your blur layer
b. In the Blending box it should say subtract and
c. The Scale and Offset must be 2 and 128 respectively
|9||At this point you shoiuld see a gray layer with only texture and no color. Lookslike High PAss filter|
|10||Now change layer blending mode of the Texture layer in the layers pallette to Linear Light|
|Now we are ready to retouch|
|11||Select the Blur layer to make it active|
|12||press L for the lasso tool|
|13||Set the feather radius to a a generous amount (15-40 depending on resolution)|
|14||select a largeish (1-2 inches) area of the skin with probelms evident and then|
|15||run the gaussian blur filer at an amount that remove the blotchiness.
Continue as necessary until all skin color issue are resolved. Stay away from eyes and hair.
|16||Make texture layer active|
Using the Clone stamp tool and MAKING SURE CURRENT LAYER is the Sample box at top on menu bar
Remove any bumps or flaws.
|18||Optionally reduce layer transparency a bit|