Started using a new skin retouching technique. What do you think?

Discussion in 'Image Processing' started by jambaj0e, Feb 3, 2012.

  1. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Have you guys heard about Frequency separation as a way to retouch skin? I found this is just super amazing!

    The idea is that this separates color and textures on two separate layer, low frequency (color) and high frequency (textures). That way, when you do the heal & cloning on the high frequency, it doesn't cause color casts, and vice versa.

    Check out my before and after:


    Here's the youtube video that I learned it from, courtesy of ModelMayhem

    [ame=]Frequency Separation Technique - YouTube[/ame]

    The main difference is that I use Dust & Scratches instead of Gaussian Blur for the low frequency. Learned that from a professional retoucher friend of mine who uses frequency separation on a daily basis.

    The first half of this tutorial also uses this:

    Retouch images with frequency separation | Tutorial | Computer Arts magazine
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  2. Iconindustries

    Iconindustries Mu-43 Hall of Famer

    Not bad at all.

    I am noticing that her skin is covered in tiny little bumps mainly on her forehead and upper bust ( kinda like a textured mat ). And slightly just above the lipstick on her upper lip.

    Eyes, nose and chin look great.
  3. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    yea, the thing about frequency separation is that you can control the skin smoothing. It's harder to see it on a smaller scale here, but the tiny little bumps are are her skin texture. The Olympus Zuiko 4/3 14-54mm f2.8-3.5 mkII lens that I use was freakishly sharp. At 100%, I felt I had way more detail than I remember before with this lens.

    I'm still trying to experiment on fine tuning the skin smoothing on the lower frequency layer.

    Have you used this technique before? What's the best way to maintain texture, but smooth it out a bit more?
  4. gsciorio

    gsciorio Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Dec 29, 2011
    Miami, FL
    As a commercial image the retouching would be find for beauty but for my personal tastes its a bit too much. Of course thats probably because I've been retouching since the 90s and am sick of it. :smile:

    I always like to get to this point of super clean skin then pull back a bit. I also like to leave a few flaws in there like a fly away hair or piece of fabric so as to distract the viewer just a tiny bit, slight of hand, like in magic.
  5. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    I think that's what's really nice about the frequency separation, you can fine tune it a bit more, as opposed to let say using the skin softening brush on Lightroom or using Portraiture or Portrait Professional. Have you had experience with this technique? What are the ways to improve my technique on it? I do like having skin texture. A bit smooth, but not plastic
  6. Ned

    Ned Mu-43 Legend

    Jul 18, 2010
    Alberta, Canada
    Thanks for sharing that technique and the great results! Looks good.
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  7. steve1111

    steve1111 Mu-43 Regular

    Interesting stuff. I'm going to have to check it out.
  8. GaryAyala

    GaryAyala Mu-43 Legend

    Jan 2, 2011
    Good stuff, thanks.

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  9. jambaj0e

    jambaj0e Mu-43 Top Veteran

    Aug 31, 2010
    Thanks everyone!

    Ned, what do you use for retouching?