RA Daily Dose of Inspiration on Instagram #1

At Retouching Academy, we scour the web for breathtaking imagery that showcases the top talents from around the globe. Every week, we will highlight the top five images from our Instagram feed – www.instagram.com/retouchingacademy – to deliver an additional dose of inspiration. Here is this week’s hottest selection: 3-Part Sunday #RAInspiration by @sims.photo Photo & Retouch: @sims.photo Models:

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Adding Shine To The Hair Using Custom Photoshop Brush and Luminosity Masking

One of the major components in our interpretation of healthy looking hair is its shine. Apart from giving the hair a shiny look, highlights create the much-sought after volume. As with almost every task, Photoshop gives us numerous ways of tackling it. Effectively our goal is to create more contrast between lit and shadowed areas but

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Printing Your Work On Different Substrates

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’re

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RA Quick Tip Video: Choosing & Replacing Wacom Stylus Nibs

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!