The new Texture slider in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom Classic, and all of the cloud-based versions of the Adobe Lightroom application, can be used to enhance details in a cityscape type photo or used to smooth out unwanted skin details in a portrait.
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The new Texture slider enhances medium frequency details. On most travel and landscape type images, Texture adds more depth and a more three-dimensional feel without the noticeable halos that the Clarity slider often produces.
Using a negative Texture setting is a great way to smooth out pores and skin imperfections in a portrait.
If you are a professional portrait retoucher then Adobe Lightroom Classic does not match the kind of precision work that you can do with complex routines inside of Adobe Photoshop. For someone like me though, for someone who wants to do as much as I can without additional complexity, using some negative Texture is a great way to improve my headshots and portraits.
The new Texture feature is not a hard to understand but this control is usually best used with one of Adobe Lightroom’s Local Adjustment Tools.
If the Graduated Filter, the Radial Filter, or the Adjustment Brush Tool are vague concepts for you then please watch one of my in-depth tutorials on these essential tools in Lightroom before proceeding with this deep dive into Texture.