Frequency separation separates skin textures like pores and lines from any colors and blemishes underneath.Download Photoshop Action — get started with Frequency Separation
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 feeling 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 separation is something that will greatly help you during the editing process.
Nobody's skin is perfect. Most of the time, skin is a natural home 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 Patch 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 process, resulting in portraits that look too edited.
Frequency separation separates skin textures like pores and lines from any colors and blemishes 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 naturally enhance your portraits without losing precious skin textures. The results will be subtle yet effective. In this tutorial, you'll learn how to become a more professional skin retoucher with the help of frequency separation. Enjoy!
Use a Photoshop Action to speed up the process
Frequency separation involves several complicated steps which might overwhelm anyone, even photography experts. To make the process easier for you, I've created a Photoshop action which will skip the first 3 steps 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 horizontal lines on its right > Load Actions… > Select your downloaded file. Expand the folder, click on Frequency Separation Action, and click on the play 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!