"PHP Method" of Frequency Separation in Photoshop

A Simple 3-Step Process to Create Beautiful Smooth Skin Using the “PHP” Method of Frequency Separation Retouching in Photoshop! In this tutorial, we’ll perform skin softening and maintain the natural texture of the skin by using very simple techniques with the Patch Tool, Healing Tool, and the legendary Brush Tool.

00:52 Removing The Blemishes
02:25 Separating The Frequencies
05:12 Patching
09:09 Healing
15:41 Polishing
21:40 After Frequency Separation
23:30 Recap

1. Frequency Separation Action: http://bit.ly/pixfsaction
2. Sample Image: http://bit.ly/2TLu4A1
3. Finished PSD: http://bit.ly/2TMKLeC (Only for our Patreon Family)


1. The Science Behind Frequency Separation: https://youtu.be/Z8mnzVNaiD0

2. Start to Finish Skin Retouching: https://youtu.be/VLjMzOkMY90

3. Another Method of Frequency Separation: https://youtu.be/Ka-4x2vgh58

4. Complete Guide to Removing Blemishes: https://youtu.be/cAxfhjzHPIY

5. Color Correct Skin: https://youtu.be/gTrbSAqfJOY

6. Fix Skin Tones with One Button: https://youtu.be/mdTbjgCbIG0

7. Create Amazing Details in the Eyes: https://youtu.be/Hj_WYxRGkjQ

8. Create Dramatic Eyes | 1-Minute Photoshop: https://youtu.be/pO8qm-UxaB4

9. Add Shine and Depth to Hair: https://youtu.be/2ClOBZ4Z81M

10. 3 Ways to Stylize Your Images: https://youtu.be/kr0x7R3TFFE

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39 thoughts on “"PHP Method" of Frequency Separation in Photoshop

  1. Hello ! I can't understand why 8 bits and 16 bits F.S. need different processes. I read the Adobe manual about "apply image" and it works with a 8 bits luminance, from 0 to 255. And by the way, adding (let's say) x + the inverse of y, i.e. x + (-y) is to me the same as x + y.
    Please, do yo have any video where you justify why two different processes. Of course, I tried both on a 8 and on a 16 bits image, and I do see exactly the same result. Any clue, please ?

  2. @piximperfect ,
    sir main retouching me beginner hu , toh mojh pahle kon si playlist dekhi pade gi , and us k baad kon se , plz tell me

  3. A new beginner on ps i just come across your tutorial and i find it is very easy to understand . Please can i have a complete tutorial about ps for beginners step by step

  4. Thank you amazing tutorial!
    Only one question: in the previous tutorial about frequency separation you described the technique of mixer brush to uniform the skin color. Can it be applied also in this new workflow?
    Thank you a lot

  5. question, i have watched many videos about Frequency Separation, when do low freq, most people use filter>blur>Gaussianblur but i have also see people use filter>noice>dustandscratches, whats the difference??? and another question, why do you begin with blemishes in the beginning on a separate layer while lot of people do it in the high freq.(detail)?

  6. Brother, currently I'm using Photoshop CC 2020 version. I've some problem with the Rotate Tool. When I press R, the rotate tool is selected but I just could not rotate the image or the canvas. There is an error poping up every time. I've watched many videos on youtube about how to fix that problem but they are not able to fix it. I've also googled this but those doesn’t help either. Could you please help me to solve this problem? Sometimes it become very hard to work with brushes. Please help me brother.

  7. Question : So Ive been going back and forth between This video & the "High End Skin Retouching" video… Ive incorporated both into my routine but I just feel theres an easier way. Do you use both methods or do you prefer one over the other? And if both methods use what is the most efficient way to use them? I was thinking start with PHP and then do the dodge and burn curves in between the High & low Frequency layer 🤔

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