How to Airbrush Skin With Frequency Separation

How to Airbrush Skin With Frequency Separation

Next, duplicate the layer twice. Name the top layer "High Frequency Layer" and the second layer "Low Frequency Layer".

Create the High Frequency Layer

Select the High Frequency layer then go to Filter > Other > High Pass. This filter is used to create a gray layer with an embossed effect of the fine details. Set the Radius to 3  then click OK.

Change the blending mode to Linear Light. Once it's changed, your image will look incredibly sharp. This layer helps restore the fine/high-frequency details in your photo.

Traditional vs Modern Frequency Separation

Traditionally, the frequency separation technique applies a low-pass filter to the Low Frequency layer. In Photoshop, the low pass filter is called the Gaussian Blur filter and it is the opposite of the High Pass filter. Instead of revealing the fine details, it's used to blur the image so that only the tone and color are visible.

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24 comments on “How to Airbrush Skin With Frequency Separation”

  1. I have never used frequency separation like this before. My eyes are opened wider every single day!

  2. I have been trying to get this right for so many years. Up close like this, the task looks daunting to me, but you tutorial is really a good one.

  3. Huh, I have never heard of this technique before and I am wondering why. I would be using this all of the time on the photoshoots that I deal with on a regular basis.

  4. Great post here. It's amazing what can be done with Photoshop. And it's fun to learn all the tricks of the trade. :)

  5. hi! i downloaded file a couple of times and couldn't open it with winzip. any suggestions on my next step? thanks

  6. Helpful, but I'm not sure how many newbies will be able to reach to the smart layers and frequency layers in the first place. A thorough tut with VO would've been great.

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