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How do I use frequency separation the easy way in photoshop?


By SYMONE SEVEN


Frequency separation is a retouching technique that allows the user to pinpoint issues with skin tone and skin texture separately. Skin tone issues like hyperpigmentation have little to do with texture and with FS it allows you to correct that problem without disturbing the skin texture. This method is centered around precision so it’s best for spot treating than all over retouching. Keep reading to learn one way of how I use Frequency Separation.



HOW TO SET UP FREQUENCY SEPARATION 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



HOW TO CORRECT SKIN TONE WITH DODGE AND BURN


  1. Create two curves adjustment layers

  2. Label them separately, DODGE and the other BURN

  3. Dodge is the layer of the highlights we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to SCREEN then invert the layer mask with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I.

  4. Burn is the layer of the shadows  we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY then invert it with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I 

  5. Paint with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER on the areas of the face that are too light to darken them

  6. Paint with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER on the dark marks to lighten them

  7. Paint with black on the layer masks to take away the effect if you go too far


My tips are to create your own photoshop action by recording when you set up FS so you don’t have to go through those steps every time you edit. For dodging and burning, I sugguest using the BRUSH TOOL on 22% fill and 3% flow. I also suggest using the MIXER BRUSH to paint over areas that are difficult to dodge/burn. 




Want more retouching advice like this? Check out my other posts on symoneseven.com, my instagram @symoneseven or my self titled youtube channel. Check below to find the link of the long form video I have on this subject. 



GEAR

Sony a7 camera with Sony 85mm f/1.8 lens

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

gold reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @gottaluvlorrie


How can I make hair longer in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


A part of photo magic is creating the fantasy. We can do anything we imagine in the world of Photoshop. Sometimes I like to add extra glamour to my beauty shots by making the hair bigger and longer. Keep reading to find out how!


HOW TO LENGTHEN HAIR IN PHOTOSHOP


  1. Create a new background layer copy with keyboard shortcut COMMAND J

  2. Clean up the flyaways with the CLONE STAMP TOOL on DARK blend mode. Paint over them on 80% opacity  and a soft brush setting

  3. Use the SPOT HEALING TOOL to remove the out of place hairs on the curls by clicking over the stray hairs

  4. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the area of your choice to replicate

  5. Copy and the paste the selection with keyboard shortcuts COMMAND C then COMMAND V

  6. Click and drag the selection into place and with the ERASE tool remove the excess to blend into the existing hair

  7. Dodge and burn the hair to add dimension (link below on how I use dodge and burn)


My advice is to use your eraser wisely to blend the extension with the existing hair. You can make a layer mask (the button is next to the new layer button) and use your brush tool to erase and replace the hair. If you just want to give the hair more volume, you can do so with the LIQUIFY filter (Filter tab > Liquify)  and HAND TOOL. 


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


GEAR

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @emilylareina


How do I highlight and contour in photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Ever want to add an extra dimension and depth to your subject without affecting the background? Highlighting and contouring with dodge and burn technique is the perfect way to do this! It’s a game changer many retouchers use to make your subject pop. Take the principles of this age old drag makeup technique to slay your glamour shots. Keep reading to find out how: 



HOW TO HIGHLIGHT AND CONTOUR USING DODGE AND BURN


  1. Create two curves adjustment layers

  2. Label them separately, DODGE and the other BURN

  3. Dodge is the layer of the highlights we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to SCREEN then invert the layer mask with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I.

  4. Burn nis the layer of the shadows  we are adding to the photo so change the layer blend mode to MULTIPLY then invert it with keyboard shortcut COMMAND I 

  5. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  6. Paint on the highest points of the face/areas you want to pop out with white on the BRUSH TOOL on the DODGE LAYER. 

  7. Paint with black on the layer masks to take away the effect if you go too far


My tip is to take your time and build up the effect. My favorite brush tool settings is 0% hardness, 22% opacity and 3% flow. It’s just enough to see what you’re doing but low enough to control the effect with precision.  


Want more? Check out symoneseven.com, @symoneseven instagram or Symone Seven Youtube Channel 


GEAR

Nikon d7200 with 55-200mm f/3.5

Neewer RT-16 trigger 


LIGHT

Neweeer monolight on a c stand

46”  octabox at 2 o'clock above her

White reflector under her bust 



CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @imnotmodelmia


How to fix a lace wig part in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


HOW TO FIX A LACE WIG PART

  1. Go to the FILTER TAB at the top of Photoshop’s menu panel

  2. Select LIQUIFY from the drop down menu

  3. Use the PUCKER TOOL to narrow the part by lightly clicking the button slowly down the part

My tip is to go in with the HAND TOOL in LIQUIFY to manually push and pull the part after doing these steps to get the part exactly to your liking. Be careful to make sure it’s natural and your changes are undetectable. 


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


GEAR:

Sony a7 camera with 85mm 1.8 lens


LIGHT

Natural Light with no modifiers



CREDITS

Photo/Retouch: @symoneseven

Model: Mercy


How to fix a lash that’s falling off in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN


Makeup malfunctions are all too common that come up when retouching. We don’t always have the luxury of having a professional makeup artist on set to keep an eye out for those types of things. As photographers, sometimes we have to play MUA in Photoshop. Here is a quick fix video on how to get those fallen false lashes into place! 


HOW TO FIX FALLEN LASHES IN PHOTOSHOP


  1. Use the QUICK SELECTION TOOL to select the lash that’s not falling off (and the surrounding skin) by clicking and dragging over it.

  2. Press COMMAND C to copy the selection and COMMAND V to paste it

  3. While it’s still selected, go to the EDIT tab at the top of the screeen, select TRANSFORM near the bottom of the menu, then FLIP HORIZONTAL to redirect the lash in the right position

  4. Click the lash selection and place in over top of the fallen lash 

  5. Apply a layer Mask to this selection by pressing the LAYER MASK BUTTON in the LAYER potion at the bottom,

  6. Invert the layer mask by pressing COMMAND I 

  7. Use your BRUSH TOOL on a high opacity and semi hardness to paint WHITE to reveal the new lash you placed

  8. Blend the selection seamlessly ito the photo. Paint with BLACK on the layer mask to erase any unwanted areas.


This issue is obviously best fixed during the shoot but sometimes we’re moving too fast. I do suggest however while you’re shooting to get in a habit of every so often zooming in on the eye in the playback photo to avoid issues like this and to check your focus.  



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



CREDITS

Photo: @simplyjayybee

Edit Fix: @symoneseven


How do I fix overexposed photos in Photoshop?

By SYMONE SEVEN

Sometimes the prettiest blue skies white out whenever we press the shutter. Or overcast weather days seem bleek on the LCD screen. Though annoying, this problem is an easy fix if’s not completely blown out and there’s details left on the camera’s raw file. There is a remedy to that as well but that’s another post! Read below to find out how to fix ovexposed photos in Adobe’s Camera Raw.

HOW TO FIX OVEREXPOSED PHOTOS

  1. Open the raw file in ADOBE CAMERA RAW (this happens automatically when you open a raw file in Photoshop) 

  2. Turn down the HIGHLIGHTS and WHITES slider in the main menu

  3. Go to the COLOR tab at the top of the slider menu, and turn down the LUMINANCE tab on the BLUES

  4. Finish color grading your image. I like to always lighten my SHADOWS slider to bring back details to the subject. 

My biggest tip for this is to try to prevent this from occuring in camera . You can always underexpose by turning up your aperture (your f-stop controls the background) then brightening your subject in photoshop or by exposing for the sky and adding an external flash to properly light your subject while exposing for the background.

Want to see more  content like this? Check out my blog on symoneseven.com , @symoneseven Instagram or my Symone Seven YouTube Channel

GEAR:

Nikon d3200 with 35mm 1.8 lens


LIGHT

Natural light with no modifiers on an overcast day


CREDITS

Photo: @symoneseven

Model: @nappybuthappy

Makeup: Petina Dennis