2 weeks ago
Hey everyone, @benjamin_warde here, welcome back to #LightroomLessons. Today I’ll show you how to smooth or exaggerate the texture of skin in portraits using Lightroom on mobile. Swipe through to see the mini tutorial!
Make sure you’re in “Edit” mode.
You can change the texture in the whole photo if you want - Texture is the first slider in the “Effects” panel.
But in this case, I want to limit the texture adjustment to just the man’s face, so I’m going to use Selective Edits - tap on “Selective”.
To create a new selective edit, tap on the plus “+”.
You can make a selective edit using a Linear Gradient, a Radial Gradient, or a Brush. In this case we want to use the Brush, so tap on the Brush icon.
Paint over the part of the photo that you want to edit - in this case the face and neck. You’ll see red appear where you paint (the red will disappear once we make our edit). Precision isn’t too important here, don’t worry if you color outside the lines.
Now select the edit that you want to apply to the brushed area, in this case Texture. Tap on “Effects” to see the Texture slider.
If this were glamor or fashion photography, we’d probably want to make the skin smoother by moving the Texture slider to the left, as I’ve done here. The Texture slider does a good job of smoothing skin while still maintaining detail, so that skin ends up looking smooth, but not plastic.
But in this case, what I like about the photo is the character and experience in the man’s face. For this photo I want to exaggerate texture, rather than smoothing it away, so I’ll take the Texture slider all the way to the right, up to 100. When you’re done with the selective edits, tap the checkmark.