Photoshop Tutorial: How to Retouch Skin Flawlessly with Frequency Separation

///Photoshop Tutorial: How to Retouch Skin Flawlessly with Frequency Separation

Photoshop Tutorial: How to Retouch Skin Flawlessly with Frequency Separation

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Photoshop CC 2015 tutorial showing possibly the best technique to retouch skin in a photo. “Frequency Separation” retains the skin’s texture, while it removes blotches and imperfections. The result is flawless, realistic-looking skin without that “plastic”, overworked look.

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By |2017-05-22T21:31:22+00:00May 22nd, 2017|Photoshop Video Tutorials|50 Comments


  1. lukasnyou May 22, 2017 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    This made myself look like an angel ! Thx

  2. EKAMBI JOSEPH May 22, 2017 at 9:32 pm - Reply

    u are such a good teacher thanks i have learn alot

  3. Igor Abramovich May 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    1. at 2:36 the High Frequency layer is On but few second later at 2:43 the eyeball icon is off. The author says nothing about that. The problem is that if you make the top layer invisible like in the video then our picture becomes blurred as we applied gaussian blur in the very beginning

    2. This just doesn’t work for me for some reason! Whatched this over 3 times! Please help!

  4. Ray medamiedo May 22, 2017 at 9:33 pm - Reply

    In my _Apply Image_ tool, the options _Scale_ and _Offset_ don’t show up, what the fuck?

  5. riyas hassan May 22, 2017 at 9:34 pm - Reply


  6. David Sundbaum May 22, 2017 at 9:35 pm - Reply

    When I press Control + F I get index search..?

  7. Jysius Lam May 22, 2017 at 9:36 pm - Reply

    Thank you sooo muuuuch

  8. Chi Nguyễn Tuấn May 22, 2017 at 9:37 pm - Reply


  9. silas May 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    when i use gaussian blur it doesnt blur but it just turns the area black?

  10. Cemil Erkoc May 22, 2017 at 9:40 pm - Reply

    woow thats one of the best skin retouching tutorials!!thanks!

  11. OctoberLandon May 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    Marty, you are amazing, thanks!

  12. h8shunlou May 22, 2017 at 9:41 pm - Reply

    True mastery comes when you can explain something complicated simply. Marty’s a master. Thanks!

  13. Zoe Lei May 22, 2017 at 9:42 pm - Reply

    thank so much!

  14. Mirajul Islam May 22, 2017 at 9:44 pm - Reply


  15. i MrViP May 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    I’m using photoshop 2017 and I don’t see refine edge !! what should I do please help me

  16. Mustafa Alhadedy May 22, 2017 at 9:45 pm - Reply

    Very very thanks

  17. Châu Trần May 22, 2017 at 9:51 pm - Reply

    OMG, not the skin are flawless but YOU’RE. Thanks so much for teached me the flawless lession.

  18. sumon kumar May 22, 2017 at 9:52 pm - Reply

    Thanks blue lighting tv 🙂 your tutorial just Awesome…your speak slowly and all menu feature you show to us how to use all tools .

  19. Gabriel Moraes May 22, 2017 at 9:53 pm - Reply

    Really awesome tutorial! Thanks for making it!

  20. Gary Lukas May 22, 2017 at 9:54 pm - Reply

    Thank you BLTV. Just a quick and probably dumb question, You say "Ctrl + F" duplicates the filter but when I try it it only brings up a "search photoshop" dialogue box. I’m new to PS and I have the subscription CC 2017 release. Is there another way to duplicate the filters without the Ctrl + F or am I doing something really wrong? Thanks!

  21. Joyce May 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    This is so amazing! Thank you so much!!! You are a wonderful teacher! 🙂

  22. Rationalific May 22, 2017 at 9:55 pm - Reply

    Excellent tips!!

  23. Karie Hayden May 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Seriously, this changed my world!!

  24. Vu Thinh May 22, 2017 at 9:58 pm - Reply

    Great tutorial ! Very simple, easy to learn and apply to my work. Thank you so much teacher 😀

  25. Chris Brown May 22, 2017 at 9:59 pm - Reply

    Spot on Marty! See what I did there…

  26. Isaac Alvarado May 22, 2017 at 10:01 pm - Reply

    this would have been useful if I was good with computers

  27. Grace Misajon Photography May 22, 2017 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    wOw.. thanks for this sir (Y)

  28. jogesh kumar May 22, 2017 at 10:05 pm - Reply

    amazing 👌👌

  29. DancingBaby May 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    Where have you been all my life ?

  30. Frank Mhango May 22, 2017 at 10:07 pm - Reply

    you’re the best!!!!

  31. EssayProductionsCB May 22, 2017 at 10:08 pm - Reply

    this is amazing!!! so simple and straight to the point yet super powerful. Thanks

  32. Denzel Golatt May 22, 2017 at 10:10 pm - Reply

    THANK YOU!!!!!!!!

  33. Mohamed Hafiz May 22, 2017 at 10:12 pm - Reply

    oh ya after 7 years I learn something about Photoshop form Internet

  34. Kissa Webb May 22, 2017 at 10:13 pm - Reply

    This is a great tutorial.Thank you.

  35. Nika Diva May 22, 2017 at 10:14 pm - Reply

    dont have refine edge its select and mask called now, for me that tutorial doesnt work

  36. Adaizai E May 22, 2017 at 10:16 pm - Reply

    My Gosh !!! finally someone that really knows he’s stuff and really breaks its down in a quick video . I can’t recall how many times i’ve watched other photography tutorials that are 20 mins long and still get lost lol Thanks alot!!

  37. DARIO RIANO May 22, 2017 at 10:17 pm - Reply

    Great video thank you for share the information.

  38. Michael Lim May 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Subscribed. Just found a Jedi Master to train this noob of a padawan.

  39. pedacitodemadre May 22, 2017 at 10:19 pm - Reply

    Does anybody have an idea why it could be that for me, when I follow all the steps to do frequency separation, nothing happens? When I apply the final Gaussian blur in a skin selection, there is no change. I followed several different tutorials and several different images and it is the same thing. I downloaded a couple of actions and after I click play, all the different layers are created but there is no change in my image. I am baffled! I did a search and I haven’t found anybody complaining of the same thing. It is the strangest thing. I have the Adobe subscription so I have the latest version installed. I am working on a 8 bit jpeg file. Please help!

  40. GreaterStark May 22, 2017 at 10:20 pm - Reply

    Wow. This is the best and fastest retouching tutorial i’ve seen in a while. Love it!

  41. NouHa Abderrazak May 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    thank you

  42. G Sathya May 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    thank you sir its helpful to me

  43. Sly Manuel May 22, 2017 at 10:21 pm - Reply

    Thanks! this is the the best tutorial I’ve ever seen… May I know if do you have tutorial also for Hair Selection and Matching the Skin Tone?

    thanks.. 😀

  44. AJ May 22, 2017 at 10:22 pm - Reply

    superb sir You are A Great Teacher .

  45. Wildan Zalfi May 22, 2017 at 10:23 pm - Reply


  46. Cat Neko May 22, 2017 at 10:24 pm - Reply

    very useful and amazing! thanks for sharing!

  47. roberto cordero May 22, 2017 at 10:25 pm - Reply

    Thanks sooo much for this tutorial!! Best tutorial for photoshop period!! Slow methodical and concise👍

  48. Vaibhav Kumar May 22, 2017 at 10:29 pm - Reply

    The best Photoshop tutorial I ever seen on YouTube thanks blue lightning TV 👍👍👍

  49. YE HONG May 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Very very good! there are so many skin retouching video, but this is the best one. This Tutorial clearly stated the details during the FS, especially, the way how to use each key and the shortcut on the keyboard, slowly and clearly. Great teacher!! thanks!

  50. Coloradocop May 22, 2017 at 10:30 pm - Reply

    Well, I followed this video step by step until about 4 minutes into the tutorial. First, I don’t seem to have the "Refine Edge" option in my version of Photoshop (Creative Cloud). I found a select and mask tool that appears to allow for the same basic features as the "Refine Edge". When I tried to apply the Gaussian Blur tool at 4 minutes into the video, it didn’t make the skin imperfections go away. In fact, it seemed to make them more harsh, and as I pushed the slider to the right it just made the face look darker in color. I’m guessing some small step is missing that makes all of the difference here? Regardless, I couldn’t find it.

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