Portrait photographers watch out: How to retouch skin so it looks natural using frequency separation

Editing tutorial: Smooth skin
(Image credit: Adrienne Andersen)

When editing skin tones, it is best to avoid too much retouching. We often focus on removing spots with the clone or smoothing tools, but these can affect the skin texture. 

To avoid unnatural-looking results, Affinity Photo 2.0 has a Frequency Separation filter, where low and high frequencies are separated, so that colour spots (Low Frequency) and skin texture spots (High Frequency) can be edited separately.


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