Using Portrait Suite Frequency Separation Photoshop Actions:
Known as the single, best method for retouching portraits in Photoshop, frequency separation allows you to separate the texture from the tone and color of your image to achieve flawless skin. Each of the five actions in portrait suite uses a different method/technique of frequency separation and makes the process easy for even a Photoshop beginner!
Portrait Suite Frequency Separation Action Overview
Removes blemishes, marks, stray hairs, etc. while not changing the tone of the skin.
Frequency separation action used for smoothing skin tones while keeping skin texture untouched.
A unique version of frequency separation that allows for multiple levels of portrait retouching. It combines Skin Blending and Skin Fixer but uses a different technique. The result is a perfect portrait edit.
Peach Fuzz Removal
Removes fine hairs (peach fuzz) from the face and arms, giving you smoother results.
Frequency separation action used for removing/reducing shaving stubble and goosebumps. Best used on legs.
Add More Actions
Apply multiple actions to your photo. It is recommended to SAVE your image before you apply this action in case you need to go back and change something.
Watch RedAction show just how easy it is to use the Portrait Suite Photoshop Actions:
How does it work? It’s so easy!
Instructions are INCLUDED right inside the action!!When you run one of the Portrait Suite actions, you will see a color overlay with instructions on how to use the actions and tips for different results. This is conveniently located right inside your layers palette and is called “INSTRUCTIONS – HIDE ME.”
As you can see by the circles on the image, these are some of the major areas that we’re going to fix.
Let’s apply the Skin Suite actions and get started.
Identify Areas to Smooth
Select the LOW layer and use the lasso tool to select larger areas at a time to create big, even sections of the skin that blend really well. Just follow the instructions on setting the lasso tool correctly and you’re ready to go.
Evening Skin Tone
Use Gaussian Blur to smooth the color of the skin, not the texture/HIGH layer. Adjust the blur until the skin is smooth and even. Usually about 30.3px works well, but experiment to get the best results.
Repeat this process all over the face, avoiding the eyes, lips, nostrils, and ears. Make sure you also do other the skin shown in the image so everything in the image is uniform.
***Tip*** Try adjusting the blur amount differently for different areas. Some areas you may want to keep more of a natural skin look (example: areas of soft focus).
Select the High layer and use the healing brush tool. ALT/OPT click near a mark you want to remove then click on the mark to remove it. Re-sample often to ensure you’re getting the best results.
Repeat the blemish removal as much as needed for desired results.
***TIP*** Adjust the hardness of the rush to a higher number (about 90) to cleanup around eyebrows, eyes, and lips.
It really is that simple! All the actions in the Portrait Suite action set have similar processes but deliver unique results.
BONUS: DODGE & BURN TECHNIQUE and ACCENTING TECHNIQUE TUTORIAL INCLUDED!!!
Buy the Portrait Suite Frequency Separation Photoshop Actions today and create beautiful, smooth skin in your photos!