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How do I remove shadows in Photoshop?


     Sometimes clouds on a sunny day isn’t so bad! Especially when you have harsh midday shadows all over your subject during a photo session. Instead of trashing an otherwise good shot, here’s my way of making it picture perfect using frequency separation.


  1. Identify the issue to pinpoint where to start and stop editing. (Tip: Decide ahead of time what needs editing to avoid going overboard.) 

  2. Remove all big blemishes before setting up Frequency Separation with the healing brush tool

  3. Set up Frequency Separation (I have many a few videos and posts on how to do it and even record a Photoshop action for it. Check those resources out on or my self entitled YouTube Channel)

  4. Turn off the TEXTURE LAYER visibility (click the eye icon next to the layer’s label)

  5. Create a blank layer below the TEXTURE LAYER (keyboard shortcut COMMAND/CONTROL J) to begin painting over the shadow to remove it.

  6. Using the MIXER BRUSH TOOL with all settings on 26% paint over the shadow by sampling a clean area and going over the shadow. (Tip: Work your way from the edges to the center of the shadow and sample often)

  7. Once you’re about done, turn on the TEXTURE LAYER to check how it looks as a whole picture and go back and refine if necessary. 

  8. Once you’re satisfied with the shadow removal, go in and finish editing the texture that’s left over. (Tip: Typically shadows leave a hard edge embedded in the texture layer so be on the watch out for that. )

  9. In this video, I’m erasing the texture with the ERASER TOOL and then painting it back on with the BRUSH TOOL on a DIGITAL SKIN TEXTURE layer mask adjustment from the Retouch Academy Beauty Panel.

  10. An alternative to this method would be clone stamp tool, healing brush or dodge and burn to remove unwanted texture from the photo. 

Want more tips on editing like this? Check out my other posts on, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel.


Photographer: @followrwjr

Retoucher: @symoneseven

Client: @ms_nique_80 & the queens

Designer: @nedraphillips

How do I use Frequency Separation as a beginner?


Want to use frequency separation to retouch but too intimidated to try it? This post is for you! Frequency Separation is just a tool that retouchers use to target skin tone and skin texture layers separately. In this post I will break down how to set up frequency separation and the easiest way to use it to retouch!


  1. Create two background layers by hitting the keyboard shortcut COMMAND J twice

  2. Label your layers by double clicking them. Label the bottom one “TONE” and the top layer “TEXTURE” 

  3. Turn off the top “TEXTURE” visibility by clicking the EYE ICON next to the layer name

  4. Select the TONE layer then go to FILTER tab and select BLUR, and then click GUSSIAN BLUR from the drop down menu

  5. Set your radius between 5-9.0 and hit OK

  6. Turn back on the TEXTURE layer visibility by hitting the space where the EYE ICON was

  7. Select that layer then go to IMAGE TAB and click APPLY IMAGE

  8. Fill this information into the respected slots in the dialogue box- Layer: tone , Blending: Subtract , Scale: 2 , Offset: 128 

  9. Then hit ok to accept these changes. Your layer should turn gray but you should still see a faint outline of your photo. 

  10. Change the blend mode of the TEXTURE LAYER to LINEAR LIGHT

 I also have tutorial on how to record an action for frequency separation so you don’t have to repeat this long process every single time you edit photos. Link: 


  1. For skin smoothing: circle an uneven skin area with the LASSO TOOL with the TONE layer selected

  2. Go to the FILTER TAB then select BLUR and click on GUSSIAN BLUR

  3. Use the same radius you used to set up FS and hit ok

  4. Repeat steps 1-3 on various problem areas until it’s even. You can repeatedly go over the same areas

My advice is to clean your photo of texture blemishes before doing frequency separation such as using the HEALING BRUSH TOOL on pimples. To make this skin smoothing effect natural, I sugguest making a copy of the TONE LAYER to do the blurring and then turn down the layer FILL to blend it with the original.

Want more tips like this? Check out my other posts on, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel. 


Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 


Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @empressfusion_

How do I create a Photoshop Action for Frequency Separation?


Improve your workflow by using photoshop actions to glide through your editing process. A Photoshop action is essentially Photoshop recording the commands you give it and replaying them on command. Automating actions come in handy when you want to reduce the reptition of go-to techniques you reach for often. Keep reading to find out how to make editing easier. 


  1. Go to the WINDOW TAB at the top of the screen on Photoshop’s menu panel

  2.  Select ACTIONS from the drop box menu

  3. In the dialogue box that opened, press the CREATE A NEW ACTION button (looks like a page)

  4. Name the action, and organize it as you wish with a category or shortcut key

  5. Press the RECORD buttom (look like a red circle) to begin recording

  6. Set up Frequency Separation (I’ll link the separate post on this topic below)

  7. Then press the STOP button, (the square next to the RECORD button)

  8. Delete the layers then in the ACTIONS window list, click on the action you’ve just created and press play to check if it’s recored properly

  9. Done :) Use this technique for any methods you find yourself using often to speed up workflow 

My advice for this is to record actions of your common techniques so you don’t have to repeat yourself. Want more quick and easy content like this? Check out, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


Sony a7 camera with Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @empressfusion_