TUTORIAL // Frequency Separation Retouching in Photoshop

by Aaron Nace for Phlearn

What is Frequency Separation?

Frequency separation helps make retouching a portrait easier in Photoshop. Frequency separation works because it allows you to separate the texture of an image from the tone and color. When retouching you can focus on just the texture or the skin beneath it. It sounds quite complex but in practice it is quite simple. If you want to work with texture, choose the high frequency layer, if you want to work with skin choose the low frequency layer.

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Source (http://phlearn.com)

Tutorial // SHARPENING AND FINISHING FUJI X-TRANS FILES IN PHOTOSHOP AND LIGHTROOM

This is the long awaited final (for now) part of my series on Processing X-Trans files. In my ongoing quest to get the best from Fuji’s raw files, I’ve previously discussed the issue with Lightroom’s processing, some alternative ways of developing raw files using Iridient Developer and Photo Ninja. I’ve also offered some Lightroom sharpening presets that help mitigate the demosaicing issues a bit.

Many of the comments I’ve received have been wondering if there’s a way to get close to the output of Iridient Developer or Photo Ninja using a combination of Lightroom and Photoshop. Surprisingly, the answer is almost. I’ve been working on this for a while now and I believe that by combining Lightroom and a little bit of Photoshop you can get close. The advantage of this is that you can get clean and natural looking results without having to learn a new piece of software, and by using the droplet as a plug-in approach I blogged about last week, you don’t even have to leave Lightroom.

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Source (http://blog.thomasfitzgeraldphotography.com/)

TUTORIAL // Flipping & Cloning an eye onto another by lyn mckellen

I was having trouble with a portrait today, specifically with a persons left eye which was half closed in an otherwise great portrait. So I did a quick Google and came across this simple fix using Photoshop by lyn mckellen for Lynda.com 

If you use Photoshop, I imagine you probably know all about the amazing healing brush, which lets you clone one area of an image (called the source) onto another area and seamlessly merge the results. (Or, at least, that's the idea. Some results are more seamless than others.) But do you know about the healing brush's partner in crime, the Clone Source panel? It lets you set the position of the source as well as scale it. Better yet, you can flip and rotate the source.

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Source (http://www.deke.com/) (image Simon P M Johnson)

App News // Introducing the Photoshop Photography Program

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During today’s keynote at the Photoshop World conference in Las Vegas, Adobe is showcasing how photography workflows will evolve to take advantage of an increasingly connected world. This includes a tour of how easy it is today to use Creative Cloud to make your content and creations available anywhere, plus the power of Behance to showcase work. We also highlight some of the exciting new technologies that we’re working on for Photoshop CC and Lightroom; our roadmap for making our photography products even more connected; and a peek at how we’re planning to bring advanced Adobe digital imaging technology to mobile devices. You’ll see these products and services become available in the not too distant future.

Creative Cloud membership offer that includes all of the following for just $9.99/month:

  • Photoshop CC
  • Lightroom 5
  • 20 GB of online storage
  • Behance ProSite
  • Access to Creative Cloud Learn’s training resources
  • Ongoing upgrades and updates

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Source (http://blogs.adobe.com/)