STEP 5: MAGIC HAPPENS
Now that we’re set up, lets make magic.
Think of frequency separation like this: The
top layer we called “TEXTURE” will contain textures such as skin creases, dryness,
hairs, etc.; the bottom layer, “TONES,”
contains the tone and color such as blemish
redness, age spots or hair color.
There are a couple of tools you can use,
but I like to bounce between the Patch and
Spot Healing Brush Tools (Fig. 6). Just make
sure not to be overindulgent with these tools.
I tend to work on fixing the tones first (like
redness from blemishes) and then remove
the texture if needed. Select your TONES
layer and then the Patch tool located in your
tool panel. Select just enough tone to be able
to remove it by circling the area (too much
can cause a mess). With your selection made,
drag it to an area similar to the tone it
should be, and let go of the selection. Usually
it’s within the immediate local area (Fig. 7).
STEP 6: THE DETAILS
You may notice an unwanted, leftover
texture—a hair, crease, or even dry skin—so
you’ll want to switch to your TEXTURE
layer while the area is still selected. Your goal
is to drag the selection while on this layer to
a texture that is similar, or replace it with
what’s supposed to be there. A shortcut for
switching between layers is ALT/OPT+,
depending on which way you need to go. To
save time, I keep one hand on my keyboard
to switch between layers and the other on
my pen. Sometimes, I switch to the Spot
Healing Brush Tool for small or thin areas
where I don’t want to disturb other pixels.
On the appropriate layer, I brush with the
smallest brush possible with precise
strokes. Play around with these tools; they
aren’t the only options, just what I prefer
to use in my workflow.
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