Frequency Separation Techniques for Portrait Photographers

by Staff August 25, 2016 at 9:53 am

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  1. Someone goofball come up with the silly words "Frequency Separation" years ago and many are picking it up without giving it any second thought. This thing has nothing to do with frequencies…. at all.

  2. This is definitely the techniques that i have been finding for a very long time. Thank you very much, can you show me how to buy these action or how to download it? 
    btw, the way you make us get to know the real purpose of using each layers is very adorable. Good video. Subcribe, like, share for sure. :)

  3. Hi! great info here!
    I've been doing Frequency Separation for a while now, but this really added some in-depth knowledge.
    If I may add my two cents: when you're working on really bad skin (lots of blemishes etc.) just the healing tools on the HF layer won't do enough. So, I've come up with this – first use the healing tools to their limit, then on the HF layer, use the "patch tool" (shift+J from the healing tools), feather the selection by like 5-8 px (shift+F6), ctrl+H to hide it, drag to better texture, then ctrl+shift+F to "fade" the result for a natural blend (vary between 33%-75%).
    If there is no good texture on the original skin, sample from somewhere else, heck you can even paste a different portrait with great skin into your PSD and sample from that (then you'll probably want to fade to around 33%).
    Cheers!

  4. love this video tutorial. I kinda already had learn from others about hp/lp fq seperations but u really showed me a few new things into it. I did watch all of the video from start. good job for the info and i really enjoyed the curves solarize technique to spot things much more easily. Normally i would have used a copy of the layer on invert mode and then a gradient map of black and white to see it, but this is more effective.

  5. I am a fashion photographer and went ahead and purchased the actions, one of the best investmets I could ever made in my business, it really gave my work a competitive edge.. highly recommended!

  6. Hey Mr WorkFlowIQ, thank you for your time and effort in putting together such a considered and detailed video tutorial on frequency separation. Your actions look awesome and I will be looking to purchase the NextGen Action to make efficient my workflow. Keep up the great work. Thanks once again 😀

  7. Wow, easily the best retouching video i've seen (and i've seen lots!) Great pace + voice, sense of humour (in the annotations, i laughed because I was looking at the mask and nothing happening waiting for you to notice :), well explained for newbs and those that have an idea. 🙂 Very helpful, thanks for your time/effort. Been using this technique on /off for a while but am now really starting to use it properly and more often. This will really help me improve with the extra tips you outlined. 🙂

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