To achieve high quality retouching, it’s essential to start by getting the most detail out of the original photograph.Continue reading »
There are thousands of tools, techniques, and shortcuts within Photoshop, and today we will share one that you’ll want to remember.Continue reading »
In beauty and fashion photography, perfecting makeup is an essential part of retouching.Continue reading »
One of the most powerful means of impacting your audience is through the effective use of color.Continue reading »
Effective use of color should be a top priority for all retouchers and photographers.Continue reading »
There will often be times when retouchers are asked to change the background color of an image.Continue reading »
As retouchers we enhance, polish, and perfect images in order to create a beautiful final result.Continue reading »
Owing to the free and open nature of the internet there’s a lot of content, and not all of it is good.Continue reading »
This week, Adobe launched a new YouTube series of Photoshop tutorials aimed at beginners, called ‘3, 2, 1 … Photoshop!’Continue reading »
A vital technique for every retoucher to master, dodging and burning is a non-destructive method for retouching. This video tutorial demonstrates a successful workflow for utilizing dodging and burning on skin.Continue reading »
In this video we’ll be covering commonly used retouching tools for fixing blemishes on a subject’s face and stray hairs. As always, our aim is not only to show you the basics of the tools but also best practices for using them and where they have their uses and limitations.Continue reading »
One of the secrets of retouching at a high level is that you can cheat. There are countless dirty little tricks you should completely avoid as a beginner, and that once you’ve achieved a professional competence might just save your skin.Continue reading »
In beauty, portrait and fashion photography skin retouching is arguably the most important and challenging part of the post-production process. Among the simple retouching tools in Adobe Photoshop, the Clone Stamp tool is our number one instrument when it comes down to cleaning skin.Continue reading »
As photographers and retouchers, we are used to scanning our images in search of the smallest blemishes and flyaway hairs to remove. However, there’s a bigger picture to look at before you even get to that level of details. Try thinking as though you are an Art Director of the company that hired you, 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 »
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 »
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 »
When you use an adjustment layer in Photoshop that manipulates colors, you don’t see the coding that goes on behind each of them. What if you were able to understand exactly what is happening? Now there’s finally a way! Edmon Amiraghyan, Los Angeles-based photographer and retoucher, brilliantly made this PSD where he shows us exactly howContinue 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!