I know some are familiar with frequency separation technique which is typically implemented as a multi-step process in photoshop. And while I’m not at all a fan of its overuse to smooth skin, it definitely has some applications for cleaning up backgrounds. And I’d like to do it all in my RAW processing tool without having to load each image into photoshop or something similar.
Why can’t we have a local adjustments type layer that handles the whole frequency separation process?
DXO can manage the high frequency and low frequency layers and we can adjust the amount of blur in the low frequency, and then we can apply cloning or repair to high frequency and blur to low frequency layers. The parameters could be stored in the sidecar files just like the local adjustments today, and it can be done in a non-destructive way. i.e. we can come back and try different low frequency layer blur and things like that to adjust.
I haven’t fully thought through, but it seems for a lot of frequency separation work, it could be handled this way.
it would be SO MUCH faster than round-tripping through photoshop, especially if you’re trying to clean up backgrounds from a number of images.
Am I crazy?