Cre­ate easy fre­quency sep­a­ra­tion in just one click

Practical Photography (UK) - - Discover Affinity -

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.

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