Frequency separation Tone layer not working- gaussian blur turns grey or darker

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Jan 07, 2021 Jan 07, 2021

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Hi Guys,

 

I'm new to frequency separation and am using it to retouch some portraits. I follow the basic steps for a 16-bit photo, and it all works.

 

When I select the first TONE layer, I can do the lasso to gaussian blur at a radius of 5, and it only goes grey. I can use the texture layer, but then, of course, I lose the texture and the purpose of the tone layer. I can't use any other tool on the bottom layer. It's as if it shuts off?

 

I've reset the tools, reset the preferences, uninstalled and reinstalled, and nothing changes my outcome. 

 

I must be missing a step. Please help if you've navigated this problem before. 

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Jan 07, 2021 Jan 07, 2021

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This often comes down to user error.

 

What happens if you use this action?

 

https://www.dropbox.com/s/7sf1xcijtzdygyh/Frequency%20Splitter%20v4%20Conditional.zip

 

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Jan 07, 2021 Jan 07, 2021

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Can you also post screenshot with Layers panel visible so we can understand better what is the problem? 

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Jan 08, 2021 Jan 08, 2021

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Screen Shot 2021-01-08 at 12.50.53 PM.jpg

 If I apply the lasso and then filter to gaussian blur- instead of blurring it only darkens and then eventually turns desaturated grey. 

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Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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Hi Diana,

 

Have you found a solution? I'm having the same issue now and can't find the problem. Went through so many requests by others experiencing the same and looks like noone got a good suggestion for the solution. Please help

 

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Apr 20, 2021 Apr 20, 2021

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Have you tried the frequency separation on the entire image and not just a portion?

 

I personally have only seen cases of user error, not program error when performing this task.

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