A screenshot of the new 'Texture' setting under the 'Presence' module inside Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw.

Adobe has announced the addition of a new Texture slider to the latest updates for Lightroom, Lightroom Classic and Adobe Camera Raw (ACR). According to Adobe, Texture is the result of user requests for a way to smooth skin without reducing image quality or spending large periods of time making adjustments.

'Photoshop may still be needed for some workflows,' Adobe's Max Wendt said in a blog post about the slider, 'but we think that Texture will be great for many of your images.'

Texture, according to Wendt, was first developed as a smoothing slider that eventually expanded to cover both smoothing and texture enhancement. Positive texture -- that is, enhancement rather than smoothing -- is described as something like a cross between positive Sharpening and Clarity. Negative Texture for smoothing is comparable to Noise Reduction.

Texture reduces or enhances what Adobe calls 'mid-frequency' areas of an image, which enables the tool to boost or reduce important details generally without amplifying noise or producing a flat, plastic appearance. Specifically, Texture is great for smoothing skin without obliterating fine details that are key to its realistic appearance.

Texture and Clarity can be used together to adjust different aspects of the image, as well; Adobe provides examples, beyond the ones we've included in this article, involving both portraits and landscape images. Those are ultimately just samples of different ways Texture can be utilized, however, with Wendt explaining in his post:

The best way to discover your vision is to experiment. Texture is fully non-destructive, so don’t be afraid to explore and just try things. Go too far, pull it back, go too far again. You’ll find what values work for you. It’s all about your own vision.

Users can access the new Texture slider by updating their software to the latest versions of Adobe Lightroom CC, Adobe Lightroom Classic CC and Adobe Camera Raw available in Creative Cloud.