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Create a Highly Realistic SKIN TEXTURE in Photoshop! [90-Second Tip #15]

September 6, 2019

Hi, welcome back to the, I’m Jesus Ramirez. In this 90-second Photoshop tip, I’m going
to show you how to create skin texture from scratch in Photoshop. A custom skin texture will help you bring
back some of the skin texture details that you may have lost through retouching or the
lighting in the portrait. We will use a non-destructive technique that gives you a whole lot of flexibility
to edit your adjustments, to achieve a seamless transformation between the original skin,
and your custom made skin texture. We’re going to start by creating a new blank
layer right above the portrait layer. You can rename the layer skin texture. Then,
go into that edit menu and select fill. From the contents drop-down, select 50% gray
and press OK. 50% is the gray that is right in between white and black. Then, right click on the layer and select
convert to Smart Object. A Smart Object will allow you to apply adjustments,
distortions, and filters non-destructively, which means that you could come back and edit
them at any time. Then, go to filter, filter gallery, and open
the texture folder. Select Texturizer, and apply the sandstone texture, which looks
a lot like skin. There are two reasons why I like this filter
over the emboss method you may have seen in other tutorials. The first reason is that you get the option
to choose the direction of the lighting which gives you a better match with your photo and
it makes the skin texture more realistic. For example, in my image, the light is coming
from the top left, so, I’ll select that option. The second reason I like this filter, is that
I can upload a custom texture if the sandstone doesn’t work. I can create a texture, save it as a Photoshop
document, and load it from this drop-down menu. But that will not be necessary in this case. Then, you can use the scale and release sliders
to control the size and intensity of the texture. I’ll leave the current settings for now, and
I’ll adjust them later. I’ll just press okay. I will then blend the skin texture layer with
the layer below by selecting either the overlay or soft light blending mode. Either of these blending modes hide 50% gray
and we’re left only with the highlights and shadows that the filter created, making it
seem like skin texture. I’ll select soft light, since it gives me
a more subtle effect. Next, I’ll double click in the smart filter
label and edit my skin texture to match the portrait. I’ll adjust the scale to 140 and set the relief
to seven. Of course, the settings in your image will
be different, so just adjust them accordingly. Then, I can hold the alt key in Windows, or
the option key on the Mac and click in the layer mask icon to make a mask that hides
the entire layer. I can now select the brush tool, set my foreground
color to white, reduce the opacity and flow both to 20%, and I’ll paint in the skin texture
wherever I need it. Notice that with a low opacity and flow, I’m
slowly building up the texture in the skin, making it more realistic. click on that like button now if you enjoyed
today’s Photoshop tip, and don’t forgot to click on that subscribe
and notification buttons so that you don’t miss any other Photoshop tutorials. Also, check out my tutorial on enhancing textures
in Photoshop. I’ll place a link down below in the description. Thank you so much for watching.


  • Reply Syed Imtiyas June 23, 2019 at 7:10 am

    Fantastic channel

  • Reply dunnymonster June 23, 2019 at 7:26 am

    Awesome! ☺

  • Reply R Garlin June 23, 2019 at 7:54 am

    Great tip, thank you JR!👍Also, I have to say your supremely gorgeous girlfriend is very kind to let you use her photographs in your tutorials!😀👏

  • Reply Samuel Flores Sanchez June 23, 2019 at 8:26 am

    Thank you Jesus!

  • Reply Andy Mak June 23, 2019 at 8:52 am

    The skin textures look typical photoshopped.

  • Reply Harry Karanassos June 23, 2019 at 9:34 am

    A process that is explained superbly and offers impressive results, whilst it is easy to implement. What more can you ask for?

  • Reply MG56 June 23, 2019 at 9:39 am


  • Reply Dave Wood June 23, 2019 at 10:07 am

    Thank you. Lightning fast tutorial. Clear and concise.

  • Reply franck June 23, 2019 at 10:27 am

    Awsome as usual Jesus. Could it be possible to apply the same technique to create fake walls in perspective ?

  • Reply Semage Namal Surendra June 23, 2019 at 10:29 am

    Wow. Its very usefull sir. Thanks

  • Reply Joey Thomas June 23, 2019 at 10:39 am

    i would like to have seen the final photoshop screen.

  • Reply minnie saab June 23, 2019 at 10:46 am


  • Reply Sergey Bondarev June 23, 2019 at 11:15 am

    Thanks a lot! Very useful!

  • Reply RJ Bradbury Photography June 23, 2019 at 11:53 am

    Thank you for sharing but skin does not look like that ever. . Why do we feel the need to retouch so much these days.

  • Reply Sukha Sri Venkatesh Babu June 23, 2019 at 12:04 pm

    Hi it's working. Great job love to to learn more from you. This is BOB from INDIA. KEEP ROCKING. HAVE FUN

  • Reply Richard Bourdeau June 23, 2019 at 12:36 pm

    As usual you have addressed one of the little problems in my life. The simple explanations of fantastic. Please continue with these videos, especially the ones about little used, but, useful tools.

  • Reply Warren June 23, 2019 at 2:18 pm

    Alors, c'est cool et merci pour cette vidéo mais je doute fortement que la photo d'origine de l'avant-après (à la fin) sois "d'origine". J'ai très peur d'avoir à faire à une photo qui a subi une clarté négative pour lisser les traits juste pour le tutos…ce serait dommage !

  • Reply michael baptiste June 23, 2019 at 4:01 pm

    Why is my filter gallery tab is greyed out and I am following exactly what you are doing?

  • Reply Vignesh Rp June 23, 2019 at 4:08 pm

    Thank you sir 😍😍😍

  • Reply Riyas v June 23, 2019 at 4:25 pm

    amazing trick 😍

  • Reply Meira Vich June 23, 2019 at 5:33 pm

    Love these short tips, will be handy in creating skin texture for painting.

  • Reply Abra Kadabra June 23, 2019 at 6:40 pm

    great idea… absolutely great. Thank to you from Switzerland.

  • Reply DARASIPO KIM June 23, 2019 at 11:43 pm


  • Reply Altair Nascimento June 24, 2019 at 2:22 am

    Seus vídeos são ótimos e bem didáticos. Me ajudam muito com meu processamento digital. Gratidão!

  • Reply Bob MAkrides June 24, 2019 at 3:09 am

    Amazing tutorial thank you

  • Reply Fernando Vázquez Dj Manitas June 24, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Great tip Jesus, thanks friend!!!

  • Reply Pranay Tony June 24, 2019 at 5:45 pm

    Some say this for hours!!!
    You did this for 3 mins!
    By the way the model is looking Beautiful!

  • Reply Frank DeBonis June 24, 2019 at 6:18 pm

    Great video, as usual, Jesus. I'm curious why you elected to create yet another layer mask on the texture layer. Why not use the mask that's part of the smart object filters?

  • Reply Collin Anderson June 24, 2019 at 6:55 pm

    Thanks Jesus, great technique.

  • Reply SATHISH MUNI June 24, 2019 at 7:22 pm

    if I use soft brush with eraser tool and i can't use same brush for clone tool or other it automatically changes to eraser tool

  • Reply tmlakshmi June 24, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    Jesus. You are a good teacher. I have a question. when you paint with white to reveal, do you have to hold the mouse? I always hold it. Please let me know. Thanks

  • Reply tmlakshmi June 24, 2019 at 7:57 pm

    after making the changes, do we have to merge layers to save?

  • Reply Manos Alexakis June 24, 2019 at 9:10 pm

    Now that was a new information! Thx

  • Reply Manny D June 25, 2019 at 2:03 am

    That is an awesome tip with so much more control. Going to save me so much time and improve the quality of the skin. Thanks for sharing. Love the lighting direction options with subtle amounts on building up the texture. 👍🏼

  • Reply Handry Mingkid June 25, 2019 at 3:38 am

    The Best

  • Reply Kambey Aron Changma June 25, 2019 at 5:21 am

    Great tutorial

  • Reply vip vinod June 25, 2019 at 5:36 am

    thanks alot sir

  • Reply muhammad hairan June 25, 2019 at 10:27 am

    thanks bro you're tutorial.. 😊😊😊

  • Reply sahil pashteen June 25, 2019 at 1:19 pm

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  • Reply ARTHUR IOSIF Hamuth June 25, 2019 at 6:14 pm

    I like it very much! You are having fans from all over the world!

  • Reply Lórien Davy June 25, 2019 at 9:11 pm

    Excellent idea, Jesùs — Thank you! I agree: This method provides a much more flexible, realistic, and adaptable way to simulate skin texture than the Emboss method!

  • Reply Darren Longshanks June 26, 2019 at 12:11 am

    Another fantastic tutorial! Thank you so much for sharing, such a huge fan of your channel!

  • Reply Nigel James Hughes June 26, 2019 at 12:40 am

    Hi there,!
    I was following the tutorial I get you have the image layer then you have another layer which you make grey, but then I was trying to figure out where the third layer came from that is white?
    An I missing something

  • Reply Lórien Davy June 26, 2019 at 12:49 am

    Question: At ~1:53, you mention that we could also load a previously-saved custom texture from the Texturizer sub-panel fly-out menu. Would you please show us how to create and save custom textures, or refer us to the tutorial where you have already done so? Thank you, Jesùs!

  • Reply Courtney Bush June 26, 2019 at 2:54 am

    I’ve been doing this for years already !!

  • Reply IMAD S.OBAID June 26, 2019 at 6:58 am

    I can't believe who did a dislike 😣😫😫😫😫😣

  • Reply Jinks Montenegro June 26, 2019 at 12:28 pm

    This great dude thanks so much you did an amazing and best tuturial ive watch

  • Reply Brand 1811 June 26, 2019 at 2:38 pm

    Boom Bro😍…this technique was no one teaching me ….you taught me 😍😍😍….Now i can say i am a retoucher from now .. because in retouching i lost all texture….now i have got the point

  • Reply Ali Khawar June 26, 2019 at 4:05 pm

    I search for years but couldn't find this information. I have waited so long to find this out.

  • Reply Dunni Gold June 27, 2019 at 4:08 am

    You are the absolute bomb. I am ready to start killing it

  • Reply mousumi cute June 27, 2019 at 6:23 am


  • Reply Veselin Vasilev June 27, 2019 at 8:24 am

    Thank you!

  • Reply Anundo Graphic Studio June 27, 2019 at 11:07 am

    This great dude thanks so much you did an amazing and best tuturial ive watch

  • Reply Carlos Sousa June 27, 2019 at 1:28 pm

    Muito boa suas dicas, aprendo cada vez mais. Grato por seus ensinamentos.

  • Reply Shreya Bansod June 28, 2019 at 5:58 am

    i like

  • Reply blackjohnny0 June 28, 2019 at 2:17 pm

    This type of postprocess looks like shit.

  • Reply Mакс Z June 28, 2019 at 7:19 pm

    Заебись , Спасибо!

  • Reply sufy.r June 29, 2019 at 11:00 am

    tf this was easier than i thought

  • Reply RaVan young June 29, 2019 at 12:33 pm

    Are you still belive it looks realistic. I can't bro bcoz I have common sense. there are billions of texture creating videos in YouTube with same technique 👎🏻

  • Reply Akin Bascombe June 29, 2019 at 3:47 pm

    Amazing. I'll give it a try.

  • Reply Chandan Raotole June 29, 2019 at 5:36 pm

    sir, plzz use Hindi language for your tutorial ..☺

  • Reply LoliPop June 30, 2019 at 3:14 pm

    Thank you

  • Reply hinduspl June 30, 2019 at 10:18 pm

    +Photoshop Training Channel and you can add BLEND IF on that skin layer to affect highlight.

  • Reply Dex Pyran July 1, 2019 at 7:20 am

    Wonderful tip. Thank you.

  • Reply 004 July 2, 2019 at 2:38 am

    Great vid

  • Reply babe honnie July 2, 2019 at 4:33 am

    This was awesome, can you make a video how to fix the highlight please some highlight damage the whole picture so if you can teach a trick that will be helpful too. And really thankful for all of your great great work

  • Reply Fareed Mirza July 2, 2019 at 6:05 am

    Best of luck

  • Reply happiness benson July 2, 2019 at 10:15 am

    this is the bomb

  • Reply rp8973 July 2, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    That was great

  • Reply Soy Sarf July 2, 2019 at 5:58 pm

    the mask isnt hiding the texture layer

  • Reply kabanowster July 2, 2019 at 7:54 pm

    My Filter Galery is greyed out, I'm following all the steps…

  • Reply emma lissette alvarado vasquez July 3, 2019 at 1:14 pm


  • Reply ennedey gilead July 4, 2019 at 12:42 pm

    Why I can't select the filter gallery

  • Reply AZRIE VIDEO CHANNEL AZRIE July 5, 2019 at 5:13 pm


  • Reply Rufertson Cheever July 7, 2019 at 10:35 pm

    Great video thanks

  • Reply MrVangassen July 8, 2019 at 1:27 pm

    Don't get me wrong Jesus, this skin has nothing to do with realism it's photoshop at its best.
    That's why fat ugly spotty feminists hates photoshop.

  • Reply Oyeleye sanmi July 11, 2019 at 3:42 am

    What version of photoshop are you using?

  • Reply David Serrano July 11, 2019 at 9:04 pm

    Filter Gallery is greyed out for me. Any idea why?

  • Reply Mario Pires July 25, 2019 at 8:59 am

    Very good J Ramirez thks for sharing !

  • Reply sami sami July 27, 2019 at 11:13 pm


  • Reply Алёна Вороненко July 28, 2019 at 9:19 am

    Perfect! Thank you very much)!!

  • Reply Adriana Tomic July 30, 2019 at 12:01 am

    This will be good for painting digital portraits, when you paint in photoshop, so it is a nice tip , but I still prefer high and low frequency for a retush/retouch when it comes to photography looks more natural.

  • Reply Arslan EditZ July 31, 2019 at 2:27 am


  • Reply standard TV August 2, 2019 at 5:01 am

    This was the best way ever Jesu

  • Reply Aris Houwing August 3, 2019 at 1:25 pm

    Oh man. This whole skin ‘retouching’ just looks awful. Doesn’t have anything to do with human anymore. People don’t look like plastic dolls. Besides that: a good photographer doesn’t need that huge amount of brushing / retouching.

  • Reply Andrea Orsak August 5, 2019 at 12:24 am

    Out of all the videos I watch for retouching you are the most articulate and also I guess it’s just this calmness of your voice I understand it. Thank you so much I definitely subscribed

  • Reply aulia rurie August 5, 2019 at 4:48 pm

    Thank you. Im from indonesia

  • Reply Saurabh Hitange August 6, 2019 at 7:45 am

    this video is so great and helpful thank you !!!!!!!! 😊

  • Reply Влад Ruskiychell August 6, 2019 at 8:32 am

    pfff nothing has changed

  • Reply Mobile Freelancer August 6, 2019 at 9:36 am

    Damn I cant believe how easy this is. I dont think it will effect things once I remove blemishes etc. But this is the only better way than frequency seperation.

    Has anyone tried dodge and burn after this has it been ok?

  • Reply Anand Babu August 6, 2019 at 3:07 pm

    Thank you so much. I just completed a photoshoot and working on photos. The client's requirement is just this "Sandstone texture" on the model's face /closeup shot keeping the glow / shinning on her face as it is. It is challenging for me. Trying to do now !

  • Reply eda ramirez August 6, 2019 at 9:25 pm

    Great tutorial. Thanks a a lot.

  • Reply Jukerlaw August 10, 2019 at 8:08 am

    I do realize how awesome it is but can u show the "before & after" to see the differences?

  • Reply RTDPhotoshop - Photoshop thật đơn giản August 10, 2019 at 3:48 pm

    Tks verry good

  • Reply Dennis Bautista August 15, 2019 at 7:45 am


  • Reply Peter Bielack August 30, 2019 at 3:44 pm

    What about images in 16 bits? Filter Gallery is then inactive: /

  • Reply Sunny Brahma September 1, 2019 at 5:42 am

    I cant use this in photoshop 7.0 😭

  • Reply fash2314 September 1, 2019 at 5:02 pm

    love from london.

  • Reply salam satish September 3, 2019 at 8:14 am

    Cn I do ths editing in Photoshop CC 2015 ?

  • Reply Evermore September 5, 2019 at 5:14 pm

    Could you upload how to color a comic ?

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