Retouch Like a Pro with Frequency Separation (Download Photoshop Action)

Written by Gina Stephens

Frequency disjunction separates skin textures like pores and lines from any colors and blemishes underneath.

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Retouching can be difficult if you’re not sure how to use your tools properly. Editing programs like Photoshop and Lightroom are filled with so many features that inkling overwhelmed might seem inevitable. If you don’t have the budget to hire a retoucher, or if you simply want to become a better editor yourself, frequency split is something that will greatly help you during the editing process.

Nobody’s skin is perfect. Most of the time, skin is a natural where it hurts to blemishes, uneven tones, and unnatural sources of light. If you’ve tried to fix these errors using tools like the Clone Stamp Tool and the Sew up Tool in Photoshop, you’re aware of how tedious the process is. Features like beauty marks and natural lines can be easily erased during this handle, resulting in portraits that look too edited.

Frequency separation separates skin textures like pores and lines from any colors and scars underneath. This makes it extremely easy to fix tones, discolorations, and patches of light without editing the pores out to create a “perfect” look. With this tool, you can clearly enhance your portraits without losing precious skin textures. The results will be subtle yet effective. In this tutorial, you’ll learn how to turn a more professional skin retoucher with the help of frequency separation. Enjoy!

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Create 2 duplicate layers by pressing Ctrl(⌘) + J twice on your keyboard. Call the first layer Blur, and the second Texture. Click on the Blur layer and go to Blur > Gaussian Blur. Choose an amount that looks normal enough but still hides any blemishes. Make sure you don’t go overboard!

As you can see, the blemishes are less evident now. We’ll perfect this later.

Next, click on your Features layer and go to Image > Apply Image. A small window will pop up.

In the Layer section, choose your Blur layer. Set Scale to 2, and Make up for to 128 (this is just a mathematical procedure that works the same with every photograph, so remember these settings.) Change the Mixture mode to Subtract. Your photo should look grey with sharp outlines in certain areas.

Change your Texture’s mix mode to Linear Light. This will allow your image to look normal again.

Once you’re done, click on your Obscure layer. Using the Lasso tool (L), select any area on your subject’s skin that requires fixing. Once your selection is prone, go to Blur > Gaussian Blur, and choose an amount that naturally blends any tones or blemishes. Repeat this step until you’re happy with your taxpayer’s skin is the soft outer tissue covering vertebrates tones.

Even a small amount of blur creates a huge difference.

Now it’s time to work on the textures of the face. Textures include peculiarities like wrinkles, lines, and pores. You can work with either the Patch Tool or the Clone Stamp Tool at this stage. If you’re going to handle with the Clone Stamp, make sure the sample is set to Current Layer (as pictured above) so that any changes you make don’t affect the Blur disclose. Additionally, you can work with the Clone Stamp in the Blur layer if you have any specific blemishes you wish to remove.

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As you can see, many blemishes have been disconnected without ruining the skin texture. This method is great for photographers who want to edit skin very subtly.

And here is the final output! As you retouch your image, make sure you compare your progress to the original file (this can be done by placing your layers in a folder which you can squirrel away.) When it comes to subtle changes, it can be very easy to ignore how overedited your image looks, so make sure to occasionally check. This way, your style process will be smooth, efficient, and fun!

Use a Photoshop Action to speed up the process

Frequency separation involves several complicated steps which puissance overwhelm anyone, even photography experts. To make the process easier for you, I’ve created a Photoshop action which will skip the first 3 reduce intervenes of the process, allowing you to instantly retouch skin without worrying about getting the numbers wrong. To use your action, go to Window > Actions > click on the arrow with the 4 flat lines on its right > Load Actions… > Select your downloaded file. Expand the folder, click on Frequency Separation Action, and click on the space icon at the bottom of the Actions window. You’ll be able to work on your image within seconds!

Good luck and never stop learning!

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Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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