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05/27/2015 11:11:00 AM · #1
I'm probably the only doofus who's never heard of this, but just in case, check out this tutorial. A brilliant and simple method to improving skin in your portraits:

Frequency Separation Tutorial Video
05/27/2015 11:43:42 AM · #2
Gold! Thanks for sharing!
05/27/2015 12:20:14 PM · #3
Another nitwit here. Great stuff! Thx for sharing
05/27/2015 12:27:03 PM · #4
i've tried it but unless you need the skin to be flawless and perfect and the image is a very closeup of the face its a bit overkill. its way to much effort to do this on more than a few images.
05/27/2015 12:44:45 PM · #5
Originally posted by Mike:

i've tried it but unless you need the skin to be flawless and perfect and the image is a very closeup of the face its a bit overkill. its way to much effort to do this on more than a few images.


hmm, with a simple action I find it quite easy. Run it then just select blotchy areas. And the point of this is not flawless skin but even skin tone while keeping the texture.
05/27/2015 12:45:33 PM · #6
Interesting technique. Definitely applied a little heavy-handed in his demo, but he does state that was his intent, for demonstration purposes. I can see where this would really speed up portrait work, but I can also see it being very easy to overdo.
05/27/2015 01:53:16 PM · #7
I don't do much in the way of portraits but was still interested to give his action a try. Trouble is the action is designed for Photoshop CC and I'm still using CS5, so I don't suppose it will work.

Message edited by author 2015-05-27 18:49:29.
05/27/2015 02:17:52 PM · #8
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

I don't do much in the way of portraits but was still interested to give his action a try. Trouble is the action is designed for Photoshop CC and I'm still using PS5, so I don't suppose it will work.


worked for me and I'm not on CC
05/27/2015 02:28:19 PM · #9
Thanks!!

I am gonna try this on my daughters graduation photos

How did you install that action? I downloaded it
05/27/2015 02:30:53 PM · #10
Originally posted by jgirl57:

Thanks!!

I am gonna try this on my daughters graduation photos

How did you install that action? I downloaded it


Method 1:
Browse to your Photoshop folder, enter the Presets folder and then the Actions folder. Once you are in the Actions folder, copy paste the .ATN file there (or you can drag and drop the .ATN file).

Method 2:
In Photoshop, go to the Window menu and open the Actions panel. Click the flyout menu on the upper right corner of the Actions panel and select Load Actions. Now navigate to the Action(s) file you want to load, select it and click Load.

Message edited by author 2015-05-27 14:31:26.
05/27/2015 05:23:46 PM · #11
Originally posted by smardaz:

Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

I don't do much in the way of portraits but was still interested to give his action a try. Trouble is the action is designed for Photoshop CC and I'm still using PS5, so I don't suppose it will work.


worked for me and I'm not on CC


Thanks. It seems to be working. Now I just need to find the right photo to try it out properly.
05/27/2015 06:22:35 PM · #12
Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

... I'm still using PS5, so I don't suppose it will work.

So are you really using PS5 (5.0) or PS CS5 ???
05/27/2015 06:48:58 PM · #13
Originally posted by GeneralE:

Originally posted by GinaRothfels:

... I'm still using PS5, so I don't suppose it will work.

So are you really using PS5 (5.0) or PS CS5 ???


Oops, you're right. That should be CS5. I'd better go back and edit it.
05/27/2015 06:59:16 PM · #14
Everyone skins the cat in their own way, but when he stated on the Gaussian Blur lassos it scared me.

I much prefer a non destructive technique for getting the blur right, where you drop one copy over another and mask them in and out using gray masks, rather than risking dropping a blur on top of a blur in a single layer. If you overdo it on a single layer you have no recourse the way he does it here but to revert to a previous version and waste your effort.
05/27/2015 07:12:37 PM · #15
Originally posted by BrennanOB:

Everyone skins the cat in their own way, but when he stated on the Gaussian Blur lassos it scared me.

I much prefer a non destructive technique for getting the blur right, where you drop one copy over another and mask them in and out using gray masks, rather than risking dropping a blur on top of a blur in a single layer. If you overdo it on a single layer you have no recourse the way he does it here but to revert to a previous version and waste your effort.


Very true, but after thinking about this, if you eff up the mask, you'd still have to re-do work, so it's not completely non-destructive. This method is not completely destructive either; once you do the frequency separation, that part is done. Further, if you over-do the blur, you can always scale it back using either a global adjustment (opacity) or a local adjustment (layer mask).
05/27/2015 07:24:20 PM · #16
Originally posted by kirbic:

if you eff up the mask, you'd still have to re-do work, so it's not completely non-destructive. This method is not completely destructive either; once you do the frequency separation, that part is done. Further, if you over-do the blur, you can always scale it back using either a global adjustment (opacity) or a local adjustment (layer mask).


That's why I like to start with a 50% gray mask and then go over it with white and black at about 15% opacity with a big feather and feather it in and out, sure you eff it up a bit but it is subtle enough that it all comes out pretty much OK and is almost impossible to hit hard enough to mess it up.
05/27/2015 08:58:15 PM · #17
Very cool tip. Just for my understanding, this technique (and other similar adjustments) would be allowed in Advanced Editing, correct?
05/27/2015 09:01:11 PM · #18
Originally posted by Ductyl:

Very cool tip. Just for my understanding, this technique (and other similar adjustments) would be allowed in Advanced Editing, correct?


yes.
06/04/2015 08:42:06 PM · #19
i can admit when i am wrong.

i went back and re-eddited an image i from a while back using FS. the colors are a bit different but the skin looks way better.

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06/04/2015 09:22:28 PM · #20
nice stuff mike!
06/05/2015 09:50:19 AM · #21
i was wondering how well it would work on another image that i gave me fits edit do to some shadows. i think its a much better image here. i dont know, i might be a convert.

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06/05/2015 10:52:25 AM · #22
excellent technique. thanks for sharing.
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