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Frequency Separation and Skin Issues - The Quick and Easy Way

Yesterday I covered how I quickly and easily edit skin using frequency separation. Today I will go over the same technique but applied to skin with more 'skin problems'. I've created an easy to use frequency separation actions to cut your editing time in half! And best of all...it's free! I would say I spend anywhere from 1-3 minutes editing my photos, even when the subject has skin issues. And hopefully you can do the same with these simple but effective techniques. 

These techniques can be used on all genres of photography, even though I used boudoir for the example. 
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Frequency Separation - The Quick and Easy Way

I have been meaning to make this tutorial for so long and I finally found a quiet moment to get it recorded. Learn how I quickly edit skin, using frequency separation. I've even created an easy to use frequency separation actions to cut your time in half! And best of all...it's free! I would say I spend anywhere from 1-3 minutes editing my photos. And hopefully you can do the same with these simple but effective techniques. 

These techniques can be used on all genres of photography, even though I used boudoir for the example. 
If you have any questions you can email me at support@simplicityactionsandpresets.com. 
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Introducing Two New Tutorials

I am so excited to introduce our new tutorials! Both tutorials feature edits done without the use of actions or presets. Below you will find a little more info: 

Summer Heat {Full Edit}: 

This tutorial will cover my complete workflow, from start to finish, from Lightroom through Photoshop, without the use of actions or presets. You will learn how to add that beautiful golden hour effect, along with how to blur your background, the right way, how to create the beautiful lighting effects you see in this photo, and so much more. This tutorial can be found here: Summer Heat {Full Edit} 

The Background Blur {Full Tutorial}:

The Background Blur Tutorial covers two photos. It teaches you the best way to do the Background Blur, so you get the most realistic results. It covers one full body photo, and one where the background and subject are on one focal plain each. And if you are worried about those tricky selections....don't be. This tutorial shows you just how easy selections can be and how there is nothing to be afraid of! This tutorial can be found here: The Background Blur {Full Tutorial}

Pleases let me know if you have any question. You can email me at support@simplicityactionsandpresets.com. We would love to hear from you!

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2 Steps to Better Black and White Photos

There are many ways to achieve great black and white images in Photoshop. In this tutorial, you will learn a 2 step process that will take your black and white photos from blah to BRILLIANT!

The first thing I do after I open my photo is run the action: Clean Workflow. I literally use this action on every photo I edit. This action is part of the free action pack you receive for subscribing to our newsletter. 

The next step is to add a gradient map. Your gradient map should be set to black on the left side and white on the right side. You can do this through the adjustments panel. 

or you can do this through the layers panel. 

You should now have a black and white image. 

The reason you should use a gradient map adjustment over a black and white adjustment is because a black and white adjustment is turning everything in your photo to gray instead of black and white. It takes a lot more work to add in contrast and get the nice blacks and whites you're wanting. 

The next step is to add a little more contrast. There are many ways to do this in Photoshop. Brightness/Contrast, Levels, Curves, and Exposure are all great options for adding contrast to your photo. One of my favorites is curves, which can be found in your adjustment panel: 

or at the bottom of your layers panel: 

Now I know a lot of people swear by the S-curve, but you can achieve better results by pulling the two points away from the wall. See example below. 

This may be different for every picture so play around, but the values for this curves adjustment mask are: 18,0 36,26 and 233,255. If the effect is too strong you can adjust the opacity of the layer. This layer was set to 65% opacity on this image.

 

The final image: 

And a comparison between the black and white adjustment vs the method used above: 

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Tutorial Videos Releasing soon!

The very anticipated tutorial videos will be releasing this week! I am so excited to be able to share my knowledge and editing style with you. These tutorials will cover a wide range of some of the most popular effects in the photography industry. These photos will be a combination of hand edits and editing with actions. You will learn how to do the background blur, the right way! along with a lot of other nifty background manipulation secrets, including blending and fading background tricks. You will learn how to make great selections, using three different techniques, cloning, making awesome tones and color effects, and so much more. Below are the 7, yes I said 7 videos that will be covered in the tutorials! This is just under 4 hours of all my editing secrets. No time limits. These videos are yours to keep forever! Subscribe to our email list to be the first to know when they become available, with a special discount code for a little extra savings!

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