Frequency Separation is a technique that consists of, well, separating the low from the high frequencies in your digital photos. Low frequencies usually refer to colours, tones, highlights and shadows while the highs refer to the texture and details of your photograph. It’s mostly used in portraiture photography but definitely has its place in the commercial product photo business. I use it extensively.

Everyone likes a good tutorial so here are five of the best I’ve seen on the subject. Just tap on the images to visit the lesson.

Fstoppers’s

Fstoppers always have their “ultimate guides” to everything. Frequency Separation in no different. “The Ultimate Guide To The Frequency Separation Technique” is so great because it’s throughout and gives you the why and workings about the technique. Not only that but it brings in real pros and real tips. There’s Michael Woloszynowicz and Aleksey Dovgulya. And to continue on that article, Julia (the writer) put up another Common Frequency Separation Mistakes Which Will Ruin Your Retouching Results.

CreativeBloq’s

Who has never heard of this website? Niched inside of the “Photoshop | How To” section, the Retouch images in Photoshop with frequency separation tutorial shares not only how to achieve that particular technique but also some other adjustments that are often made after it. Yes, it’s a little old (2011) but it’s still presented in a clear fashion that’s easy to zap through and understand.

Phlearn’s

Well, since Phlearn has more than 500 YouTube videos and tens of PRO tutorials, they pretty much had to have a tutorial on frequency separation. And they do. It only sticks to the actual technique but it’s taught by the ever-so professional Aaron Nace. It’s in video form which is better if you don’t like to read or just want to get more examples on how to do it. If a picture is worth a thousand words, then what’s a video worth?

Elena Jasić’s

Here’s another video tutorial on frequency separation by extremely easy-to-follow Elena Jasić. She’s just very clear in her explanations.

Fstoppers’s II

The site publishes such high quality content that it deserves its second feature on this article. This one is not so much a tutorial on how to achieve frequency separation per-se but it’s more of a do’s and dont’s. Michael Woloszynowicz - the same guy who participated in the first lesson here - wrote it. After spending all that time learning about FS, you might want to understand how, when, why and by how much to utilize the method.

So that was the five best tutorials on frequency separation. Do you want me to keep doing these lists? Do you have a subject I could work on? Any comments? Let me know in the replies below.

Cheers,

Tristan