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!
Transitional Values, Tonal Transitions, and Micro Transitions are a big part of how we define the qualities that make up an image in photography. Transitional Values are the values found between the midtones and the shadows, and between the midtones and the highlights of a subject. The amount of transitional value we see on aContinue reading »
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 »
Check out this wonderful guest article on Scott Kelby’s blog by one of our top instructors Michael Woloszynowicz: It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Michael Woloszynowicz In this article Michael talks about such fundamental things and their importance for successful retouching like: Dynamic Range Quality of Light Components of a digital image Dodge & BurnContinue 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. KEY POINTS: The most commonlyContinue reading »
In this video we’ll be talking all about Clipping Masks in Photoshop. Not only will we cover what they are and how to create them, but also touch on some useful scenarios for when you might use them in your retouching workflow. KEY POINTS: Clipping Masks allow you to apply pixels on a layerContinue reading »
In this video we will talk about the differences between Brush Opacity and Flow, and Layer Opacity versus Fill. BRUSH OPACITY vs. FLOW While most people starting out with Photoshop tend to utilize Opacity slider and leave Flow untouched, knowing the difference between the two will allow you to select the one that will performContinue reading »
Learn how to work with this super useful and often overlooked function of Layers Blending Options – Blend If Sliders. In this video I will show you how the Blend If sliders work and give a couple of practical examples on how you can use them in your workflow. Why the Blend IfContinue reading »
Quick mask is a Photoshop tool that can be used in a wide range of image editing situations. It will be quite handy for a retoucher working with Architectural photography as well as Product, Advertising and even Wedding images. In this video I will show you how to use Quick Mask, how to refineContinue reading »