Bring on the freckles!
Full disclosure, I LOVE freckles! Not everyone likes them and many times I've had the request to remove freckles or lighten freckles and it always, always hurts my heart. Sometimes though, under the bright lights freckles get unintentionally lightened and I want to darken them up a bit without affecting the rest of the image too much.
For that I use a variety of techniques including Layer Modes and Channels. For today's post I'm going to walk you through the process step-by-step! First, here is the image I'll be using to showcase this technique, take a look at the before
Each Color Channel Pictured
Notice how much of the skin texture is visible only within certain channels... as a retoucher you can use this fact to your advantage! To show you each of these color channels I copied them to the clipboard, and then pasted the image into a file I could save.
Layers Mode and Opacity