Graphic showing decomposition of image into frequency domain elements

Frequency Separation with Color and Luminosity Splits

Photoshop Proving Ground Frequency separation (FS) is still one of the most important, powerful techniques for retouching currently available to photographers. The basic concept is to split high and low detail elements to more easily address things like blemishes and discoloration. In the September issue of Photoshop Proving Ground I add another layer of control.…

Adding Lens Blur Bokeh

Photoshop Proving Ground Sometimes you want just a little extra dash of magic in photos that have already been captured. Fortunately, we have Photoshop for just such emergencies! Bokeh – the quality of blur effects in out-of-focus areas of an image – can be incredibly difficult to recreate. Simple Gaussian blur doesn’t quite cut it…

Mixer Brush Painting with Stencils

Photoshop Proving Ground The more I use the Mixer Brush, the more I enjoy working with it. I’m not a trained painter or even a traditionally educated artist – like many people I’ve learned on the fly, on the job, and on a lot of caffeine. Anyway, the June issue of PSPG takes you through…

Dodge & Burn for Landscapes

Photoshop Proving Ground There are approximately three articles on Dodge and Burn for every licensed copy of Photoshop out there. I have several of my own. Of course the topic is extremely important to virtually anyone who works on their photos beyond applying a filter (many of which apply AI-based dodge and burn… ironic, no?).…

Difference Blending Mode

Photoshop Proving Ground You are here: Home In the April 2021 issue of my column, Photoshop Proving Ground, I talk about Difference blending in Photoshop. It turns out there is a lot of cool stuff you can do with this blending mode, but it’s not at all obvious. The main applications I talk about are…

Path Blur

Photoshop Proving Ground The March installment of Photoshop Proving Ground shows off some tricks with Path Blur to add dynamic motion to your images. In the dancer image to the right, I also treated the background to some blur love that creates a unique, directional texture, reinforcing the sense of movement. This technique is pretty…