For many fashion and beauty photographers, having their work showcased in independent magazines is a way to gain exposure. This process was rarely ever an efficient one, however, as each publication is vastly different. Traditionally, the method for doing this involved crawling the web, social media networks, e-mail contact databases, and finding obscure, over-complicated, orContinue reading »
I have been using Luminosity Masks in my retouching for many years now and I absolutely love the flexibility they offer when making selections for exposure adjustments and color grading in Photoshop. I love how Zoë Noble explained her color grading process in this detailed How to Colour Grade with Luminosity Masks in Photoshop tutorial. Download herContinue reading »
So, you just spent hours retouching your perfect shot. Naturally, you want to share it with the world, so you upload it to your Facebook page, only to find your hard work trashed and frankly looking like sh!#t. Well, rumor has it, there is a way to save your photos from the gruesome fate of the FacebookContinue 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 »
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 recently released their 5.0 update which brought us a revamp of the already useful tool formerly known as Refine Edge. Let’s look at what’s new and how we can take advantage of this new update to an already great feature. What does it do? Well, Select and Mask creates a layerContinue reading »
One of the most powerful tools for retouchers in Adobe Photoshop is the ability to select and modify pixels, referred to as making selections. Located on the tool bar, Selection tools are used to isolate one or several parts of our image. The tools we have available to us come in the following categories, MarqueeContinue reading »
As retouchers, we often spend hours in front of our computer monitors, with our eyes trained on the finer details we’re enhancing. This is just the time spent while actively retouching, and does not take into the account the hours spent staring at our tablets and mobile phones. Posture, repetitive movements of the hand andContinue reading »
Software: Adobe Photoshop Skill level: Beginner Workspaces A workspace, is the entire working area of Photoshop. It’s what encompasses all the menus, tools and panels. Simply put, it’s pretty much everything you can see and click within Photoshop. So it’s high time you dropped the “Essentials” and learn to create your own custom workspace, keeping only theContinue 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 »
Photo & Post by Eugenia Carolina We all go through it. We’ve all been there. We will all go through it again. We feel bored and complacent. Getting stuck and feeling uninspired is part of the process of being a creative. We can’t run from it, in fact, this is a hugely important time inContinue reading »
If you’re seriously considering a future career in retouching, you’re undoubtedly aware of the huge range of potential options and specializations in the industry. From working fashion in-house, to remotely delivering an architectural interiors project, or assisting at a shoot as a digital operator, we get the option to experience a rewarding variety of work. Broadly,Continue reading »
Black Friday Mega Sale starts today! Get 35% off on your entire shopping cart of our Featured Products! Enter the code RAMEGASALE at checkout and save on everything, including Master Dodge & Burn video course, RETOUCHED Magazine, issue 2 (in PDF) and Von Wong’s Fantasy Retouching! Thinking of a great holiday gift for aContinue reading »
This article will explain the importance of evaluating your image at different “zoom levels” while you work. Viewing distance How an image is perceived is largely dependent on the viewing distance and the physical size of the image canvas. It is easy to forget, but what you see up close is not what you seeContinue reading »
When I made the jump from my 9 to 5 job to full-time photographer and freelancer, I was ecstatic to have the freedom that came with the entrepreneurial life. Little did I know that there are unique pros and cons to a freelancer’s schedule. The freedom in your day-to-day is empowering, but can also unravelContinue 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 »
I have recently changed the way I work with brushes when Dodging & Burning and they made my D&B workmore convenient and precise. I’d like to share why and how this happened and what it led to. My D&B brush presets are included in the updated Beauty Retouch panel. And I have also created a simple D&BContinue reading »
Working as a commercial photographer and retoucher, I have had the privilege to meet some really fascinating people, whether they were clients or colleagues. And quite often, small talk with them would evolve into much deeper conversations about both business and inspiration. Seek out such opportunities, because I strongly believe they are some of theContinue reading »