Man Portrait Tuned by Wow Frequency Equalizer

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Classic Edition


Wow! is an exclusive Photoshop plugin that let you quickly boost or smooth each frequency range. Wow! adds style, image sharpness, and three-dimensionality together with incredibly smooth transitions. Use our easy presets with just one button, or take full control with the high-quality live preview to add and remove details by tweaking our five dedicated sliders.

Wow!  under the hood decomposes your images in five different frequency layers, but where are they? Well, they’re hidden: you manipulate them using the sliders. A boost (upward) corresponds to an enhancement of a given band, a cut (downward) corresponds to a reduction. Using presets and tweaking the sliders working perceptively, thanks to the high quality and fast preview you can independently control sharpness, local contrast and smoothness in any frequency creating unseen transitions and a unique tonal effect.

Wow! is available as Pro, Social and Video Edition, all powered by a wavelet-based algorithm, 32bit color depth internal processing and modern CPU optimized code.

  • Five bands offer you full control over the spatial frequencies of your images 70%
  • Combine smoothing, sharpening and local contrast in one go 85%
  • Start from presets and create your own personal look 50%

What is Frequency Separation


Usually one encounters spatial frequency separation for the first time in the field of beauty retouch. To put it as easy as possible, it is a technique which separates the texture of an image from its shape creating two “virtual” layers, one storing color and luminosity information and the other one, with a very strange look, storing the detail.
Activating a Curves adjustment layer, restricted to operate on the High-frequency layer only, you can change the detail level of the image by steepening or flattening the curve. The higher the frequency, the more it will affect the image’s details; the lower the frequency, the more it will affect the shape.

This is basically the frequency separation technique. It’s very powerful because it acts on a specific spatial frequency. However it is a time-consuming manual process even if done on only one frequency band that usually is a high/medium high frequency. Wow! does just the same: instantly decomposes your image in five different frequency bands and allows you to adjust them individually, exactly as we saw in the example, but there are four more frequencies available.


Original


Low frequency blurred layer


High frequency layer

Original image no curve

Original

Flat curve applied on the high frequency layer

Flat curve clipped to the High Frequency layer: blurred

Steeper curve applied on the high frequency layer

Steep curve applied on the High Frequency layer: sharper

Wow! Frequency Equalizer animated interface showing presets

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Sliders At Work


Here the Wow! interface. There are two ways you can go. The first: you start tweaking the sliders until you get a satisfactory result. The second, faster and easier: you start from one of the presets enclosed in Wow! Choose a preset from the menu; the sliders will change their position and set themselves in a given configuration.

The sliders correspond to five spatial frequency bands; left to right, the bands correspond to high frequencies which become progressively lower. If you prefer: detail is on the left, shape is on the right. The intermediate bands work on intermediate scales.

Each slider can be either boosted or cut: a boost corresponds to an enhancement of a given band, a cut corresponds to a reduction. Sliders can be combined, of course, in whatever ratio. The effect may not be easily predictable at times, and it strongly depends on the image you are working on. Also, notice the sixth slider: you may think of it as the intensity of the overall effect, a bit like opacity: 100 is maximum (and the default), and 0 is minimum, corresponding to no effect.

Beauty Shot Tuned by Wow Frequency Equalizer

Wow! is a multifaceted tool, its strength focuses on three key areas: as an overall image tuner adding the winning look that we call “The Wow! Factor”, as a quick and efficient skin retouch tool, and as a local contrast enhancer.

The Wow! Factor With Beauty


Some call it “Glossy Glow,” some “Smooth Pop.” We call it the “The Wow Factor” that magical combination of sharpening and smoothing that adds style, image sharpness, and three-dimensionality together with incredibly smooth transitions and very pleasant skin tones. Wow! doesn’t only minimize blemishes, but with simply one step, it improves the image’s overall tone, smoothness, and brilliance, while enhancing detailed textures like hair, eyelashes, lips, fabrics, jewelry and more.

For example, look at the below before and after. Some skin imperfections remain but the overall effect is far more pleasant, and any further retouching would be much faster and easier. All images are tuned with one step passage using sliders only, without any local retouch

Tutorials by Marco Olivotto


  • 1.1 Frequency Separation And The Basics Of Wow!
  • 1.2 Basic Tutorial
  • 1.3 Advanced Tutorial And Masking Techniques
  • 1.4 Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro Edition And Five Bands Decomposing

Wow! is one of my preferred plug-ins!!! And man, I have lots… 🙂
I  love  the  kind  of “glossy glow” it can add to the photos…

Pictus Invictus Retouching

Teresopolis, Brazil

Hours have been reduced to seconds in frequency separation with brand new Wow!”

Alexander Walter

Munich, Germany, Alex Walter Photography

Wow! Social Edition

Single User License
  • A Small Jewel For Web Sized Image
  • A miniaturized version of Wow! with a re-designed algorithm with shorter range sliders and dedicated preset optimized for sizes from 800 to 1500 px. Works with files up to 1920×1920 px

Wow! Pro Edition

Single User License
  • Frequency Separation With Sliders And Layers
  • Adds to the Classic features the new Decompose button that turns each frequency into its own pixel layer for a better and more precise frequency based retouching. Paint, clone and heal on the exact frequency layer that contains the features you need to target, with great precision, giving you unprecedented control over the retouching process.
Wow! Frequency Equalizer animated interface showing presets

All versions

  • Five detail scales working independently with positive (add contrast sharpening and local contrast) and negative (reduce contrast and smooth) values.
  • Works on 8,16 and 32bit files
  • New wavelet-based algorithm.
  • Multi CPU accelerated.
  • Modern CPU optimized code compatible with SSE4 and later.
  • 32bit color depth internal processing.

Wow! Pro Edition Only

  • Decompose option: turns each frequency group into its pixel layer, for a better and more precise frequency based retouching.
  • Two engines: Classic and Social, each with their dedicated presets
  • Luminosity option

Wow Frequency Equalizer Classic Edition

  • Adobe Photoshop CS6 and later
  • MAC: Lion and later, El Capitan Included
  • WIN: Vista and later, WIN 10 included
  • 64bit only

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro Edition / Social Edition

  • Adobe Photoshop CC and later
  • MAC: Lion and later, El Capitan Included
  • WIN: Vista and later, WIN 10 included
  • 64bit only

Wow! Tonal Equalizer Video Edition

  • Adobe After Effects and Premiere Pro CS6 and later
  • MAC: Lion and later, El Capitan Included
  • WIN: Vista and later, WIN 10 included
  • 64bit only

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Classic Edition
Current version 1.5.000

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro Edition
Current version 1.5.000

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Social Edition
Current version 1.5.000

Wow! Tonal Equalizer Video Edition
Current version 1.1.001

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Classic Edition

Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro Edition

Wow! Tonal Equalizer Social Edition

Wow! Tonal Equalizer Video Edition

Bundles

Wow Frequency Equalizer Pro featured image, panel and decompose window

Wow! Pro Edition. Frequency Separation With Sliders and Editable Layers


The exclusive Decompose function is an exciting new feature of Wow! Frequency Equalizer Pro. You can now explicitly turn each frequency into its pixel layer (five of them are created in a stack, plus a base layer) for a better and more precise frequency based retouching. You can paint, clone and heal on the exact frequency layer that contains the features you need to target, with high precision, giving you unprecedented control over the retouching process.

Using the Advanced Decompose Actions, you may turn each layer in an Advanced Object and/0r add an Adjustment Layer Curve for a non-destructive workflow.

Wow Frequency Equalizer + Mask Equalizer at work combined in Photoshop

Wow! + Mask Equalizer. Two Thoroughbreds Working Together


We warmly suggest considering to buy one of our convenient bundles of Wow and Mask Equalizer. This plug-in that creates sophisticated luminosity masks with one click is entirely independent of Wow!, but it shines when they are used together. It also works with adjustment layers, advanced objects, and groups.

Mask Equalizer

Single User License
  • Create Mask From Luminosity With One Click MASK Equalizer is an exclusive Photoshop extension to preview edit and create masks using multiple tonal ranges. You can choose between our presets, to create a mask with just one click. You can modify the masks using sliders or manually create custom ones from scratch.
Page Photo Credits

Two girls: © Irina Gromovataya / depositphoto.com
Man: © Sergey Galushko / depositphoto.com
Model: © Irina Gromovataya / depositphoto.com
Family Portrait: © Jani Bryson / depositphoto.com
Interiors Video: © Roberto Bigano /www.bigano.com

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