Welcome our next guest artist Isaac Alvarez to continue our Making Of segment with the creation of his fun and dog-loving portrait series “Reflection of Me”. I hope you enjoy hearing how this project came about and what tools Isaac used to create these captivating images: I always wondered: if dogs lived like humans, how would they act or what jobsContinue reading »
Adobe has rolled out the new Photoshop CC 2017 that uses Adobe’s new Sensei automation engine to improve your productivity. Among the new features you fill find: In-App Search: Quickly search for Photoshop menus, tools, panels and more from within Photoshop using a new search panel (press Cmd (or Ctrl) +F or click on the new search symbol in the upper right cornerContinue reading »
While I am very happy about the return of the Legacy Healing Algorithm for the Healing Brush tool and excited to play with the new features, I can’t wrap my head around the name of the update – why is it 2015.5, Adobe? Regardless of how insanely hectic and disappointing each and every Photoshop update hasContinue reading »
Dear RA Panels users! The new Photoshop 2015.5 upgrade will require updated 3rd party plugins and extensions, including RA Panels. If you have previously installed the Beauty Retouch v.3.0 in your Photoshop CC2015, you can find the updated version for Photoshop 2015.5 in your Member Area. Simply download the new ZIP file, decompress and install it following the sameContinue reading »
I often get asked about my retouching techniques and by the way those questions are asked I realize that a lot of photographers and retouchers dismiss the true power of Raw files. So today I would like to share with you how I process my Raw files and prepare them for retouching. While it may seem like anContinue reading »
Congratulations Manuela Crippa! Manuela participated in the #RETOUCHINGSPACE contest that we held a couple of weeks ago on Instagram. Her image was short-listed and consequently selected by majority vote in the Retouching Academy group. Manuela is a Beauty & Fashion Retoucher from Brazil and she selected our Master Dodge & Burn video course as her prize.Continue reading »
Dear RA Artists, A member of our RA Community reported some issues that he encountered with his Wacom tablet (Intuos Pro S) after updating his tablet driver to the latest version, from 6.3.15 to 6.3.16 today and we wanted to remind you to always back up your tablet preferences just like you normally would with your smartphone. Having your tablet preferences backedContinue reading »
With the release of the latest version of the RA Panels we have been working on updating and adding new video tutorials to our Retouching Academy Lab website. The new Installation Instructions video, the Additional Features Installation, new Magical Skin Tone Script and Adding User Custom Actions videos have been added to the VideoContinue reading »
In beauty and fashion photography sometimes we want to have our model to look a little more extravagant, but not many professional working models will allow a permanent or even an extended temporary change to her appearance without costing you an arm and a leg. So, Photoshop comes to the rescue! Anita Sadowska, Ireland Based Fashion photographer andContinue reading »
We are excited to share a guest article from Ontario-based commercial photographer Gerry Kingsley: In this article I’d like to talk about the difference between sensor types, sizes, megapixels and how they affect post-production, while keeping the technicalities to a minimum. Sensors Sensors today come in a few different types and various sizes. The two most commonContinue reading »
By Wacom: Every picture holds two stories: the one within the image and the one behind its creation. That’s what Benjamin Von Wong believes and wants to transport into his artwork. By now, the 28-year-old visual engineer has become notorious for his epic images. “When you’re passionate, anything is possible!” Photo Shoot: A UniqueContinue reading »
This post is long overdue, but better late than never. I recently had the honor to spend a couple of hours speaking with the Adobe Photoshop Engineers and Product Quality team and share my retouching workflow steps with them. As I shared my screen, they sure noticed that I was still on CC2014, and I explainedContinue reading »
I am very happy to share yet another great article from our friends, professional Berlin-based printing lab, that is serving artists around the world offering exceptional quality prints, WhiteWall.com. Today Jan-Ole Schmidt, photographer and Product Manager at WhiteWall, talks about different substrates that WhiteWall customers can print their work on. What Photographs on Different Substrates Express If you’reContinue reading »
If you have not changed your standard stylus nib ever since you purchased your Wacom tablet, take a peek into your pen stand and try different nibs until you find the one that works best for you.
If your favorite stylus nibs that you have been working with have worn out, don’t worry – replacement nibs are inexpensive, and there are 5 of them in each pack. So if retouching is your job it might make sense for you to try different types and find the one that feels the most convenient for you.
Here are some of my thoughts on the nib types that I have worked with. Please note that I work on an Intuos tablet and if you’re using Bamboo or Cintiq, just make sure you peek into the Specifications before you purchase your new nibs when the time comes.
Standard nibs are hard to the touch and they make me feel like scratching the surface of the tablet. So, these are not my favorite. And some reviews suggest that these nibs wear out fast.
Hard felt nibs can be compared to “pencil on paper” kind of feel. These nibs also wear out relatively fast, but this depends on your habits and how hard you press on your stylus.
Stroke Nibs are great, they are soft with a “brush-like” feel. But for me personally they feel a little bit too soft. They slide along the surface a little too easy, so I notice that my brush strokes become a little wobbly and it’s harder for me to control them when I work with these nibs.
My personal favorite is the Flex Nib. These nibs are equipped with a little rubber tip and, while they are softer than Standard and Hard Felt Nibs, they don’t slide on the tablet surface like the Stroke nib thanks to the rubber tip. I have a lot more control and confidence in every brush stroke.
Hope this helps in finding your own personal favorite!
In today’s RA Quick Tip I’d like to share my favorite way to quickly clean up the outline of the neck and shoulders from stray and body hair. I am a big fan of getting everything right in camera as I shoot, but this seems to be one of the little issues that often still need to beContinue reading »
Dear Beauty Retouch Panel users, Please note that the new Adobe® CC2015 Update will by default completely wipe off all your CS6 and CC2014 Photoshop® extensions, including RA Panels. In order to continue using the RA Panels, please login to your Member Area and download the updated installation package and User Manual for Beauty Retouch CC2015. PleaseContinue reading »
During my visit to this year’s WPPI Conference + Expo in Las Vegas I had an opportunity to briefly visit with WhiteWall, a professional photo lab based in Cologne, Germany. I was blown away by the image quality and unique substrates on display and wanted to learn a bit more about how they handle orders from other countries. Later thatContinue reading »
It’s soon going to be a year since the Beauty Retouch and Pixel Juggler panels were released, and we have been receiving lots and lots of great feedback from our users. An updated version of the Beauty Retouch panel with a few new and improved existing features came out in March 2015 and brought even more fansContinue reading »
We are happy to announce the debut of [RE]TOUCHED magazine on the Apple iTunes Newsstand! [RE]TOUCHED is a new interactive tablet-based magazine designed to give photographers and retouchers the tools, techniques, and insights they need to hone their retouching skills and excel in their businesses. Interactive tutorials, articles, interviews and downloadable bonus materials in every issue publishedContinue reading »
Dominique Fraser, an artist who is quickly becoming one of the most sought after professionals in the world of high-end photo retouching, has just joined Retouching Academy as one of the high-end commercial retouching instructors. We are pleased to have her join us in that role where she will contribute regular articles on business ofContinue reading »