Retouching Tips: Frequency Separation

In this video, I explain how to do a frequency separation on an image. I show how it can be used to smooth skin or remove blemishes, but this technique can be used for many things, such as contrast, sharpening, adding texture, etc.

The image I’m working on in the video is 8-bit. If you want to use this technique on a 16-bit image the settings will be different on the Apply Image box but the steps will remain the same (see below).

8-bit image settings

16-bit image settings

Here’s another image with the same techniques applied:



Angela Perez is a fashion photographer and digital retoucher based in Boston, MA. Angela is also a professional instructor of Studio Lighting and Retouching, with four years of experience using Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom. Check out to see additional work.

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