The POWER of Frequency Separation: Photoshop

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: November 30, 2018

Category: Retouching

Yesterday evening I hosted another of my YouTube LIVE Broadcasts and this time I went through what is arguably one of the BEST retouching techniques around … Frequency Separation.

When it comes to wanting realistic results that are also much easier to accomplish Frequency Separation is definitely the way to go however maybe even because of it’s name it can appear a little confusing, which is the reason I included it in the Broadcast.

In the video I cover:

  • What Frequency Separation is
  • The Frequency Separation Recipe
  • Retouching with Frequency Separation (removing stray hair, matching / blending skin tones, adding skin texture etc…
  • Using a Frequency Separation Action and more…

So check out the video below to see just how powerful Frequency Separation is, but feel free to jump forward past the countdown timer at the start which is only for when the broadcast is LIVE…

In the video I mention about the 2 Frequency Separation Actions that I’ll be sending out to folks who are part of my email group. If you want these actions and to join my group simply fill in your details below and you’ll get them included with the rest of my Creativity Tool Kit Bundle.


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  1. Simon Cuthbert

    Hi Glyn

    Thanks for the video – it is really good to get some explanation on this. I have an issue however. I get to the gradient tool part, select the colour of the skin under the eyes, drag and let go and the image converts into a white layer. Almost like a white details layer. All previous steps were followed, so I am not sure where my error is? Any assistance appreciated

    • Glyn

      Make sure you are using a Foreground to Transparent Gradient otherwise you will simply cover the entire picture with both colours that you have in your Tool Bar.

  2. Kent Snipes

    Loved your classes at PSW last week. You mentioned if we emailed you we could get the link to that frequency separation action. It would be great to have.

    Kent Snipes

  3. Des Williams

    Excellent Video I like the Actions Thank you D

  4. gerd jaunich

    Excellent explanations

  5. Mark Caton

    Very interested in your Frequency Seperation actions. Just watched your video on same, and found it very helpful. Thanks!


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