Tutorials - Week 13

Advanced Tutorials

The following Tutorials will be used this week in class:





Frequency Separation

  1. Create a copy of the Background Layer
  2. Rename the top: High Frequency
    and the bottom: Low Frequency
  3. The top will turned off
    on the bottom: use Filter > Gaussian Blur > (use a radius that is high enough to smooth but not so high it obliterates all of the features
  4. on the Top layer or High Freq
    Image > Apply Image
    Layer: low frequency layer
    Blending: Subtract
    Scale: 2
    Offset: 128
  5. Set the Top Layer blend mode: Linear Light
  6. All tone corrections should be done first on the bottom Low Freq layer
    Select with the Lasso, set the Option Bar Feather to something high like: 12px
    Gaussian Blur (not enough to create damage)
  7. Then use the Clone Stamp on the High Freq layer
    Set to "current layer"
    Use varying Opacity settings to smooth out irregular textures



  1. Use portrait image & landscape
  2. In Channels, find the most contrast / Duplicate - drag to the Paper Icon
  3. Using cmd L, increase contrast (without distorting the edge of the image) / Paint Black into all the highlight areas
  4. Load Selection (might have to Select Inverse) / Copy & Paste on new layer
  5. Add in a Fill adjustment layer set to white (initially)
  6. Paste in the Landscape image
  7. Load the portrait and add a mask to the landscape layer
  8. Unlink the raster thumbnail and the mask so that you can move the raster image
  9. Use EyeDropper to select a color from the landscape and add that to the Background fill layer.
  10. Copy and Move the portrait layer to the top / DeSaturate (shift cmd U) /
    Set the Blend Mode to Multiply (or Hard Light - experiment) /
    Mask out everything BUT the facial features (try a gradient mask) /
    lower layer opacity to about 65%
    (you might need to use a Levels - cmd L - and light the layer)
  11. Add another Landscape layer / Filter > Gaussian Blur = 250 px / Add Mask, Using large feathered
    Copy original Mask, Invert, Gaussian Blur (so that a halo appears), Load the original Mask and Fill with Black on the Blurred Landscape layer
    Adjust Opacity = 50%
  12. Add adjustments to the top
    experiment with Vibrance, Contrast, and Color shifts



1) a Moving Subject - but captured using a fast shutter speed (the subject is not blurred but static). Subject is also relatively easy to select from background.

2) a Custom Brush - this can be anything in the category of "Spatter", or "Particle" or "Liquid"

1) Select your subject.
*(We will place in a new blank canvas, though you can also extract from the original background, place on new layer, and use content aware and other stamping method to clone out the residue of the extracted subject and use on original background image.)

2) Place Subject - New Canvas
Stretch the canvas using the crop tool so that the subject is set to a "Rule of Thirds" composition.

3) Load Brush
* you'll want to test brushes first to see which ones work the best for you - perhaps on a new layer.
* You will want good opacity and interesting spatter shapes.
* Then save any new settings that you may have applied to the brush. I recommend increasing the spacing, adjust size and under "shape dynamics" apply an angle jitter.
* Save your Set - by clicking on the "Preset Manager", selecting your altered brushes, and saving as a new .abr set
At that point, you could continue working, or delete newly added brushes and reload your own specifically designed brushes.

4) Copy the Subject layer. Liquify the new layer. Use the Warp tool and that the brush is large and the strength is up to 100%. Stretch the edge of your subject until it almost hits the edge of your canvas.

5) Place the Liquify layer under the Subject layer. Apply Masks to both layers. Invert the mask for Liquify.

6) Brush In parts of the Liquify effect by using a Spatter Brush.
and then Brush Out small parts of the edge of the original Subject layer.

7) If you need to, you can create a new blank layer and Paint selected color spatters. I recommend using the "Color" blend mode in the brush options panel. Start with the darker colors and then layer on lighter and more saturated colors on top. Fluctuate between larger brush sizes to smaller.