December 2020 // The How-to Edition

Retouching for Realistic and Natural-Looking Skin | Angela Marklew

STEP 2. FREQUENCY SEPARATION

This, along with Step 3, will make up the bulk of the work. There are a number of methods to approach skin retouching. I am an advocate of finding a method that works for you and going with that. For me, that’s frequency separation (FS). Without going into all the technical details (there are plenty of online tutorials for that), FS is basically breaking the image into two layers, one for color/tone and one for texture. In this way, you can adjust the tones in the skin without affecting the texture and vice versa.

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