Create easy frequency separation in just one click
HAVE YOU EVER picked up one of those ultra-glossy magazines and seen models whose perfectly flawless skin looks too good to be true? Then it probably is! Even top models don’t turn up to the studio looking that great. It’s a combination of make-up artistry and some savvy post-processing. While we can’t recommend make-up artists enough, they’re probably overkill if all you’re doing is taking some nice shots of your friend. This just leaves the retouching option.
Frequency separation is one of the most popular, and successful techniques in any pro photographer’s editing arsenal. It splits your image into two entirely different Layers. The first is a blurred Layer, which controls your colour, and the second is a texture Layer, which is set to a Linear Light Blending Mode. This allows you to work on your skin tones and skin texture individually.
That may sound overly complicated, but Affinity Photo’s Frequency Separation is automated. That’s right, with a single click, Affinity creates your split Layers as required, while also allowing you to fine-tune each individual aspect for the best possible looking results.
Above The heat and direct light makes the skin look a little blown out. In four steps, the skin looks smooth and natural.