Welcome to our Photoshop in 60 Seconds series, in which you can learn a Photoshop skill, feature, or technique in just a minute!
Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Frequency Separation
One of the biggest trends in photo retouching is the use of the Frequency Separation technique. This process involves separating the skin texture from the colors and tones of the photo before using an array of tools to minimize skin imperfections and the look of pores. Alternatively, you can also download one of the amazing Frequency Separation Actions from GraphicRiver to help speed up the process.
In the quick video above, watch how I use this Frequency Separation Photoshop Action to diminish the appearance of freckles on my subject.
How to Use Frequency Separation Photoshop Actions
Load your Photoshop action into the Actions panel. Make sure your image is set as the original Background Layer. Here is the image we'll be working with.
Under the Action Group, select High Frequency Separation Skin then press Play. The action will take a few seconds to completely play out.
You'll then be instructed to use a Soft Round Brush to paint white upon the black Layer Mask used for the effect.
Paint white all over the areas where you want to diminish the appearance of freckles to see them disappear. Adjust the Opacity to 85% for the Low Frequency Heavy Layer to bring back some of the original texture.
Here is the final result below.
Want to see this in action? Try out this technique yourself by following the video above.
A Bit More Detail
Learn more tips and tricks to improve your photo retouching skill from our expert instructors. Check out the following tutorials below:
- How to Ensure Consistency in Your Photo RetouchingChamira Young21 Apr 2015
- Photoshop in 60 Seconds: Photo Retouching With ActionsMelody Nieves30 Dec 2016
- Photo Retouching in Adobe Photoshop with Content Aware in 60 SecondsMarie Gardiner14 Dec 2015
- How to Retouch Makeup in Portrait PhotosMelody Nieves25 Oct 2021
This is part of a series of quick video tutorials on Envato Tuts+ in which we introduce a range of subjects, all in 60 seconds—just enough to whet your appetite. Let us know in the comments what you thought of this video and what else you'd like to see explained in 60 seconds!