It seems that “Frequency Separation” is all the rage lately, but what is it?

In brief, it’s a Photoshop technique that is used by beauty retouchers, fashion photographers etc. to remove blemishes and even out skin tones without removing the texture of the skin.

Here is a small action that will make up the layers for either an 8 bit image or a 16 bit image.

To remove shadows or even out tone on skin, use the clone stamp at about 45% opacity and 30% flow with the mode on lighten on the LOW layer and you can clone out dark by sampling light coloured skin on the low layer. To darken areas that are too light such as shiny spot, you can use the paint brush at low opacity and frequency and sample the skin around the shiny part then, paint over the shiny areas. Alternatively, you can use the clone stamp at low opacity and flow in lighten mode and sample darker areas to clone over light areas. On the HIGH layer, you can remove blemishes with the patch tool or healing brush tool without removing texture.

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