Frequency Seperation not working in new version 19.1.5

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The same frequency separation method I've been using, and teaching, for the last several years, no longer works in the latest version.

This is the same method taught on this YouTube video:The Amazing Power of Frequency Separation Retouching in Photoshop - YouTube 

I have tried a work around method, which involves using an Add instead of Subtract in Apply Image and inverting it, I have tried a hard reset and deletion of the Photoshop preferences, both did not help.

My colleague has version 19.1.0 and worked just fine.



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David Converse

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This should work for 16-bit images, starting with a single Background layer.
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That’s the same method I cited in my original post. This method does not work.
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"Does not work" is something that can mean anything. Can you be more specific?
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In the last step when I apply the Gaussian blur to the lassoed selection, it doesn’t appear to make any effect. If I set the blur really high, it only gets darker.
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I have same problem did you get a fix
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David Converse

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I've been using the same method since it was first posted online about 4-5 years. That has worked on both Mac and Windows for every version of Photoshop I've had.
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I tried this process. "It did not work". In my case this means that the layer where Apply Image was done is a flat gray. No texture, nothing but gray. I did this as described in the video. Note that the input image came from Lightroom as a tiff with some Lightroom adjustments applied. 


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If you zoom in, there is a texture. Because of the light in the picture and subject matter it's very faint compared to a studio lit portrait.
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Steve

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Sara,

Thanks, I can see the detail when I zoom in.
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Stephen Marsh

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Cross posted here:

Re: frequency separation not working in ps ;/


The video is in “two stages”, with the first being how to create a frequency separation... While stage 2 of the video shows lasso selections and varying Gaussian blur values on the low frequency layer (the high frequency layer is not being edited).
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seems like the tools used in the video are working correctly in current Ps.