Thank goodness for “Frequency Separation”!

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How many of you have experienced something like this picture above.   The dreaded baby acne, skin discoloration, blotchiness or just overall, less than desirable, skin imperfections on your new little ones in the studio.  Sure there’s the spot healing brush or even the clone tool but there is a little known secret in the world of Photoshop called “Frequency Separation”.  It’s the BOMB and if you are not familiar with it …this is the blog post you have been looking for!

As a professional photographer your client wants things like temporary baby acne, bruises, etc removed – that is why they come to you.  This process will help keep your newborns looking like newborns not plastic baby dolls because their skin has been edited to the point of looking plastic.

The 411 in a nutshell is that you are going to take your image and create two separate skin layers along with your background layer.  From there you will be able to individually edit your skin tone and texture separately.   So redness, blotchiness, shadows, light and dark areas, skin flakiness, bruises, etc can be fixed on one layer and the actual bumps, scratches, scars etc  can be repaired in the other… all while keeping the skin looking natural.  I know it seems like a lot but honestly it’s an amazing tool!  Here is a great link to an awesome tutorial video by PHLEARN.  Aaron Nace walks you through the process, step by step, and there is even a free action you can download from their website at the end to help speed up this process on a daily basis.

PHLEARN Frequency Separation Tutorial

Hope you enjoy this little editing goodie which will take you from the above image…to the one below!



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