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By Colleen Wheeler | Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Blending textures onto a face in Photoshop: Deke's Techniques

This week’s free Photoshop technique from lynda.com instructor Deke McClelland takes an ordinary portrait shot and maps two different textures onto the subject create an exotic effect. The process doesn’t require any masks, but rather relies solely on advanced blending techniques. (You know it’s advanced when Deke mentions the Hard Mix blend mode and the Luminance Exclusion slider bar.) Using blend modes and layers means your effect can be adjusted to suit your taste with no fear of underlying pixel destruction. And no fear of missing dinner either, since Deke explains it all in just over ten minutes.

If you can’t get enough of blending with faces, lynda.com members should be sure to check out this week’s exclusive members-only video, Rendering a face as a cave painting, in Deke’s Techniques in the Online Training Library®. But if jumping into a Photoshop technique that involves the words ‘hard’ and ‘exclusion’ makes you think you’d better get your blend mode–bearings first, take a look at Chapter 28, Deke’s Blend Modes Revealed from Photoshop CS5 One-on-One: Mastery course. And we’ll see you all again next week with another free technique from Deke.

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