Intro: There are a lot of effects you can create when using Photoshop. In this guide, I will show you how to define face textures. To really show you how to define facial textures, I will be defining wrinkles on the face. Using Photoshop, you can go into depth on how to enhance facial textures. These steps are easy and can really change an image. You can also use this effect on younger people with smoother skin, but it works best with wrinkles. Here, I will be using Photoshop CS3. If you have older versions of Photoshop, you need to use Hue/Saturation instead of Black and White.
Step One: Open the image you want to define facial textures on (File – Open).
Step Two: To add a black and white adjustment layer by clicking on the New Adjustment layer Button in the Layers Palette. The icon should look like a circle. Half of it is white and the other half is black. This should create a new layer. Select the Black & White option. Select “Okay” with the default settings. Preset: None. Red – 40. Yellow – 60. Green – 40. Cyans – 60. Blues – 20. Magentas – 80.
Step Three: Next you will want to blend the layers. Change the blending option of the layer Black & White to Overlay in the drop down menu.
Step Four: Duplicate the Background Layer. To do this, click on the background layer (Layer – Duplicate layer). Another layer of the same image should appear.
Step Five: Apply a Plastic Wrap effect. (Filter – Artistic – Plastic Wrap). Your settings should read Plastic Wrap. Highlight Strength – 20, Detail – 15, and Smoothness – 15.
Step Six: On the Plastic Wrap Duplicate layer, change the Blending option to Multiply by going to the drop-down menu.
Step Seven: Next, add a Layer Mask to the Plastic Wrap Duplicate Image. This icon is in the layers palette and looks like a square with a circle inside of it. Once pressed, you should have a layer mask.
Step Eight: Select the Eraser tool in the Tool Palette. Make sure your eraser brush is a decent size and the hardness is set to 0%. Now erase around the skin. This means to erase the plastic wrap that isn’t covered by the skin (the background, the shirt, etc). Make sure when you’re erasing, you’re erasing on the layer mask, not the image.
And that’s it! You have now brought out the texture of the skin in eight simple steps! Just remember to select the layer mask option when you’re erasing the plastic wrap. Also, Remember this tutorial is used with Photoshop CS2 and newer. If you have older versions of Photoshop, you would need to use Hue/Saturation instead of Black and White. Hope this tutorial has helped!echo $variable;