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Removing Wrinkles in Photoshop Using Frequency Separation

Published: 22/05/2019

Don in Florida writes:

What's the best tool in Photoshop for smoothing our wrinkles in bedding and curtains?

Most of the work I do is strictly real estate photography so I don't spend a huge amount of time fixing details this fine. That being said, I've used the frequency separation technique on a number of portfolio images and it works like a charm. There are plenty of tutorials available on this subject but in my opinion, the video above is one of the easiest to follow (once you get past the cheese factor).

If anyone in the community is using a different technique with great results, please don't hesitate to share!

Brandon Cooper

5 comments on “Removing Wrinkles in Photoshop Using Frequency Separation”

  1. There are a couple of techniques that I use from time to time. The easiest if you are using Lightroom is to use the brush tool with clarity set very low, maybe even Dehaze as well. Another method in Photoshop is to duplicate your base layer, add guassian blur that goes just a bit too soft, create a black mask and brush in the areas you want to pull wrinkles out of with a low-flow brush on the mask.

  2. Frequency separation is a good technique. I also like the Gaussian blur suggestion by Ken, above ... have used that for a long time, especially when I used to do headshots.

  3. Good video. This is the premise behind the new texture adjustment in raw and lightroom. As opposed to clearity, it work on only the mid-frequency variations. I found the texture does a great job of bring out texture on grasses, leaves, counters, swimming pools, without the harder adjustment done by clearity. Texture also works in reverse. It does a great job softening skin wrinkles and the like.

  4. There are many ways to remove or smooth out wrinkles. Much used in fashion and beauty and I have done a lot of it in my time. But this is an RE blog and I would imagine that we are dealing with (if we are talking about faces and not buckled asphalt), is it our job to make our female or even out male clients look 30 years younger than they are? Just like I want to make a property show in its best light but not actually create a false or misleading impression of the house and property, here I feel that my job is not to make my clients look different from how they look today but to simply soften those facial aspects, earned by hard work and often long days, from distracting from their persona. So I prefer to lighten wrinkles rather than removing or smoothing wrinkles. I never remove them but instead lead to the "smoothing" of them. I just use two layers in Photoshop, copy from the bottom layer and use the clone stamp tool to layer a 30% +/- from the skin on either side of the wrinkle over the top using the person's own skin color and texture. Then I can use the transparency slider to increase or decrease the "fix".

    First, I generally using the dodge tool to lighten the dark area of the wrinkle or the bags under the eyes and often find that that does the job but leaving the face intact. There are a number of tutorials on for doing all of this.

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