Frequency separation is a wildly popular retouching method. In this movie, we’ll see how to use it in
Photoshop Elements. I open the “Scripts” catalog (“Portraits” category is already selected). I run “Frequency separation” script. The script does all the routine preparations. We only have to set the brush tip size and reduce the stroke opacity (to 30% or so). I paint on the skin to smoothen it. As you can see, the skin texture doesn’t get blurred. I’m trying to fade the tiny hairs on the cheek
but they are still there.
What gives? I’m currently working on the “Details” layer
while the hairs, wrinkles, and other tiny things belong to the “Textures” layer. I click the mask thumbnail
(not the layer thumbnail) on the “Textures” layer. I paint over the hairs again
and it works this time. It seems, the eyelid has been blurred accidentally. I clear the inaccurate strokes with the “Eraser” tool. Finished.