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PHLEARN Frequency Separation Action

Frequency Separation Photoshop Action


Create flawless portraits with any skin tone!

Frequency separation is incredibly powerful, and we show you the right way to use it.

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2 Photoshop Actions | 1 Photoshop Brush | Quick Install Guide →

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The Amazing Power of Frequency Separation

The PHLEARN Frequency Separation action gives you the ability to separate skin texture from skin color. Once the two are separated, each layer can be retouched separately, allowing more control and a realistic end result.

Because this action separates skin texture onto a new layer, you will never texture while retouching, making this method more realistic than any other skin retouching technique.

PHLEARN Frequency Separation Before After

After installation, double-click on either the 16-bit or 8-bit Photoshop actions or press the “Play” button.

This will create a new group in your layer panel that separates the skin texture from the skin color.

Quick Tip: Once skin texture has been separated from skin color, smooth the skin below the skin texture.

PHLEARN Frequency Separation Before After

How to Use the Frequency Separation Action

The PHLEARN Frequency Separation action separates skin texture from skin tone, allowing each to be edited on different layers.

The included instructional video teaches you how to master frequency separation retouching in just a few steps.

Start by retouching just skin texture on the High Frequency layer by using the Clone Stamp Tool, Healing Brush Tool, or Spot Healing Brush Tool. Make sure the sample is set to “Current Layer.”

Once all the major blemishes are removed, it is time to smooth out skin tone. This can be done by blurring areas of the Low Frequency layer or by using the Included Custom Photoshop Brush to sample and paint skin color, blending harsh highlights and shadows together to create a smooth skin effect.

Best of all, the Frequency Separation Action insures that you will have skin texture over top of your retouching. No need to worry about your portraits looking fake!

PHLEARN Frequency Separation Skin Texture

Reduce Wrinkles & Skin Blemishes

Most of the time you don’t want to completely remove skin characteristics like wrinkles because the end result doesn’t look natural. In those cases, it is a good idea to simply reduce the visibility of those features.

To make wrinkles and skin blemishes less visible, simply use the frequency separation action then reduce the opacity of the frequency separation group. This will keep all the original definition of the photo, but make wrinkles and skin blemishes more subtle.

PHLEARN Frequency Separation Before After 3

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Quick Installation Guide

Installation takes just a couple of minutes.

Included Actions

PHLEARN Frequency Separation 8-bit
PHLEARN Frequency Separation 16-bit


  1. Rated 3 out of 5

    Hmm… It appears it only shows HOW to install the action, not how to actually use it. Unless I’m missing something here..

  2. Rated 3 out of 5

    I think I’m missing something… I can’t find the “included instructional video”. Help!

  3. Rated 5 out of 5

    WOW!!! I purchased the yearly Pro Subscription and must say this is the wisest educational investment I have ever made. I have watched a lot of “free” Phlearn tutorials (loved them all) so I knew these would probably be good. I am blown away at how much I have learned from going through only one session, the basic how to use the tools. I realized at the very beginning of this group of lessons that I had only skimmed the surface as to how powerful the photoshop tools are. I considered myself a pretty good photo editor when I started this course but now I can hardly wait to see what new life I can breathe into my photos from this point forward and to consume all that is ahead for me to learn from my subscription! Thank you so much for giving me the opportunity to “phlearn” in one place instead of getting bits and pieces randomly from all over the place. Aaron Nace, you are my hero!!! Forever grateful, Shirley

  4. Rated 5 out of 5

    Great action that helps streamline your workflow with awesome results!

  5. Rated 5 out of 5

    if you’re taking portraits then this is the technique you can’t live without.


The actions included in this set are compatible with Adobe Photoshop CS5, CS6, CC, & 2017CC. All the included actions will work with JPG as well as RAW images.

Installation takes just a couple of minutes. Check out our Photoshop Actions Quick Installation Guide.

Photoshop Actions are a series of steps that have been recorded by their creator. This sequence of steps can then be reapplied at any time, which allows you to recreate the end result without having to go through each individual step every time. Think of them as short cuts.

A basic understanding of Photoshop is suggested. We designed the Photoshop Actions to be as simple as possible. After loading the Actions into Photoshop, simply double-click on the action to apply it to your photo.

PHLEARN Photoshop Actions are created by PHLEARN founder Aaron Nace.

Yes! Each of our Photoshop Actions creates a new group in your layers panel. Feel free to stack as many actions together as you please.

Due to the downloadable nature of this product, there are no refunds. All sales are final.

You may only use these products for personal or professional use. This license extends to the single, individual purchaser. This license does not extend to companies or partner- ships and may not be resold, loaned, and/or gifted to another individual and/or party. You may not share, loan or redistribute/sell or copy any of these files in any way. All Actions by PHLEARN are copyright protected.