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Efficiency & Productivity, Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

XP-Pen Products Might Be The Best Budget Alternative to the Industry Standard Wacom Tablets

We all love our Wacom tools and consider them a mandatory piece of hardware for any professional or aspiring professional retoucher. The Wacom Cintiq Pro line of graphic displays are coveted as the standard for high-end retouching. However, the...

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What's New in Lightroom 7.5 Classic and Lightroom 3.6 CC
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Hardware & Tools, Video Tutorial

New Features in Lightroom Classic 7.5 and Lightroom CC 3.6

Adobe recently released update 7.5 for Lightroom Classic as well as an update for Lightroom CC version 3.6. While these updates aren’t necessarily game-changing, they do come with improvements and fixes worth getting excited over. New in Lightroom Classic 7.5 ...

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Apple Releasing a Pro-Focused Mac Mini and Low-Cost MacBook Air

Apple Inc. recently announced the upcoming  pro-focused Mac Mini and a new “low-cost” MacBook Air. The new laptop is rumored to include a Retina Display and said to have thinner bezels, but will look similar to the company's current...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

Fastest Storage Drives Ever Created Introduced by Intel

Intel's latest memory technology named Optane 800P uses recently developed 3D XPoint (pronounced “cross-point”) technology to deliver incredible speed. This new memory tech uses a type of non-volatile memory (NVM) and is now being touted as a potential SSD...

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Fundamentals, Hardware & Tools, Working With Colors

Using a Color Chart to Ensure Color Accuracy in Your Photography from Capture to Resulting Image

Color accuracy is an important factor in photography and retouching. Modern day cameras rely entirely on the built-in software to interpret the color data in the captured images, and how the colors are captured will be a direct reflection...

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Quick Tip for Getting Better Results Using Content Aware Fill

Originally released in Photoshop CS5, Content Aware Fill was a tool ahead of its time. Using texture replacement synthesis, which was originally developed from space-time video completion as a means to correct corrupted data in video. In Photoshop however,...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

Exporting Images for Facebook, Instagram and Your Website from Photoshop

This week we are taking a look at one of the most frequently asked questions in the photography community on the web: What is the best way to export images for social media and your website? We’ll talk about optimizing...

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What was once a desk job that chained us to our offices, surrounded by our monster computer rigs, giant screens, sitting in uncomfortable positions, despite having purchased an expensive ergo chair. All the while still suffering from premature lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, as if being divinely punished for the sins of our ancestors, could soon become a thing of the past.
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Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News, Software

Full Photoshop on Your Apple iPad Next Year

It’s no secret that hardware performance in mobile devices is progressing so rapidly that it's been seriously changing the way smartphones and tablets are used by creative professionals, especially visual artists. With the emergence of the innovations like Microsoft's...

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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Working With Colors

Super Quick Technique For Easy Color Matching Elements In Your Images

Love it or hate it, compositing is a common part of digital imaging today. Whether you’re superimposing a model onto a different than captured background, or compositing a series of product photos together for a commercial campaign, a uniform...

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Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

The New Most Powerful GPU Technology Promises Amazing Improvements In Post-Production Tools and Techniques

NVIDIA recently announced its new Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) named “Volta” which will bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputing and Deep Learning technology to GPUs in every industry. A few months ago the company shared that it had been working on...

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How to Add Neon Effects In Photoshop
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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

How to Make Neon Effects Using Photoshop

Are you bored with the same old portraits, are you in a creative funk? Thankfully Photoshop has you covered with tons of ways to express your creativity and sometimes the simplest tips yield the biggest results. In this quick...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Real World Practices, Video Tutorial

Auto Mask: The Lightroom Power Tool You Probably Never Heard Of

Every once in a while we discover a retouching tip or trick that blows us away, and we wonder how it was possible that we had not already heard about it? Buried deep within Lightroom CC and Lightroom Classic...

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Retouching Men's Portraits
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Beauty Retouching, Creative Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity

Retouching Male Portraits

It's no news to anyone that we see women comprising the bulk of subject matter in fashion, editorial, cosmetic, and social media imagery, so it's not surprising that almost all retouching education and workflows revolve around techniques that serve...

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Retouching Portraits in Lightroom CC
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Efficiency & Productivity, Software, Video Tutorial

Portrait Retouching Using Lightoom CC Mobile and Adobe Fix

Retouching on the go is a new and popular theme which has been popping up more often these days with apps like Lightroom CC Mobile and Adobe Fix. While they won’t be taking the place of their desktop siblings...

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Composition Study
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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Stay Inspired

How Understanding Composition Can Make You A Better Retoucher

Retouchers can learn a lot from traditional art forms like painting, as many of the fundamental concepts are quite similar. While retouchers tend to lend their focus in the areas of skin retouching and color grading techniques, composition is...

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Adobe Creative Cloud
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Industry & Community News, Software, Stay Inspired

Adobe Slashes Creative Cloud Subscription Fee for Students

Last January Adobe announced that it would provide Spark Education — a set of storytelling apps — free of charge for K-12 (kindergarten to 12th grade, primary and secondary education) schools and High Education institutions. This was great news for...

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Styles and Presets in Capture One
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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Software

How to Use Styles and Presets in Your Capture One Workflow

Capture One Pro version 10.1 brought us an improved Styles workflow, which has now been enhanced in version 11.1 with the addition of Style Packs. Styles and Presets are a quick way to apply adjustments on the background layer...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Hardware & Tools

Wacom Releases the New Cintiq Pro 24 and 32

Like a contractor’s hammer, a Wacom pen tablet is a mandatory piece of hardware for any creative looking to become a retoucher. The pen-to-paper-like experience allows the creative to work with greater precision and finesse, which is otherwise not...

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