About Julia Kuzmenko McKim, RA Team

LA-based Commercial Photographer & Retoucher in the Cosmetics industry: http://www.juliakuzmenko.com/about/ IG: @juliakuzmenko

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Beauty Retouching, Real World Practices, Software

Temporary Healing Brush Fix in Photoshop CC2015

This post is long overdue, but better late than never. I recently had the honor to spend a couple of hours speaking with the Adobe Photoshop Engineers and Product Quality team and share my retouching workflow steps with them. As...

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Business & Clients, Quality Printing

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...

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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

A Fast Way To Remove Stray and Body Hair

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,...

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Quality Printing

Tips to Maximize the Quality of Your Printed Artwork

During my visit to this year’s WPPI Conference + Expo in Las Vegas I had an opportunity to briefly visit with WhiteWall, a professional photo lab based in Cologne, Germany. I was blown away by the image quality and unique substrates on display...

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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity

RA Panels Get A Great Review On Fstoppers

It's soon going to be a year since the Beauty Retouch and Pixel Juggler panels were released, and we have been receiving lots and lots of great feedback from our users. An updated version of the Beauty Retouch panel with a few...

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Beauty Retouching, Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

Interview With High-End Commercial Retoucher Dominique Fraser

Dominique Fraser, an artist who is quickly becoming one of the most sought after professionals in the world of high-end photo retouching, has just joined Retouching Academy as one of the high-end commercial retouching instructors. We are pleased to...

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Creative Retouching, Interviews & Making Of Stories

The Making Of the “Oh No!!!” by Derek Johnston

Our new guest Derek Johnston continues our Making Of segment with a documented process of the creation of his fun “Oh No!!!” image. I am always inspired by the BTS stories and projects when an artist has a complete...

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Creative Retouching

MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH – Homage To Photographic Masters By Sandro Miller

Anyone who is familiar with the History of Photography will not be able to hold back a smile looking through these brilliantly executed images from the recent exhibition MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH, MALKOVICH - HOMAGE TO PHOTOGRAPHIC MASTERS by Sandro Miller at the Fahey/Klein...

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Retouching Educational Events

The WPPI Schedule of Seminars Inside the WPPI + KelbyOne Theater

WPPI + KelbyOne Announce Joint Theater at 3-Day Expo Featuring Free Presentations Focused on Image Retouching, Workflow & More Industry Icons like Scott Kelby, Joe McNally, Cliff Mautner, and Pete Collins Take to the Stage to Present Lighting, Retouching, Lightroom...

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Industry & Community News, Software

Adobe Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Photoshop

Happy Birthday, Photoshop! We wouldn't be here if not for the existence of this wonderful software that gives us -retouchers, graphic designers, photographers and digital artists - wings to fly. Check out the Photoshop Anniversary timeline:   Late-night talk show host Jimmy Kimmel entertains...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Software, Video Tutorial

Mastering Brushes for Dodge & Burn Work. Beauty Retouch Panel Update Details.

I have recently changed the way I work with brushes when Dodging & Burning and they made my D&B work more convenient and precise. I'd like to share why and how this happened and what it led to. My D&B brush...

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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Real World Practices

Russell James & Nigel Barker Share Their Views On Retouching in Their #BehindtheGlass Interviews

There's a lot of controversy about retouching, and anti-retouching campaigns keep sweeping the internet communities bashing the very art form that many of us photographers and retouchers are deeply in love with and desire to master. Let's hear what the big...

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Beauty Retouching, Fundamentals, Real World Practices

Your Roadmap to Retouching Greatness

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 ...

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Creative Retouching, Interviews & Making Of Stories

LightFarm Studios: Harmful Nature Artwork and the Story Behind It

Our friends from LightFarm Studios, Brazil are back as guest contributors with their amazing new artwork entitled "Harmful Nature," as well as the story behind it. Nothing is more inspiring to me than seeing the beautiful execution of an art project from...

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Industry & Community News

June & July 2014 Mentorship Program Submissions Critiques

Scheduled for Aug 15, 2014 - 8am PDT Retouching Academy Google + Event page with comments from the Live show: https://plus.google.com/events/c4vnui72n9q8ce04sl7qv0ii7g0 The judging panel today consists of Julia Kuzmenko McKim (Los Angeles, California), Rebecca Britt (McAllen, Texas), Lulie Talmor (Vancouver, Canada), Brock McFadzean...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique on Fstoppers by Julia Kuzmenko McKim

If you are new to the Dodge & Burn technique, make sure to read this 3-part article "The Ultimate Guide to the Dodge & Burn Technique" I recently published on Fstoppers. For more of my Fstoppers articles please visit: http://fstoppers.com/author/julia   DODGE & BURN...

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Retouching Educational Events

Sydney & Melbourne Australia: 2-day Studio Beauty Lighting & Retouching Workshops With Julia Kuzmenko

WORKSHOP PROGRAM  Organized by the Australian Institute of Professional Photography (AIPP) and taught by Julia Kuzmenko, this 2-day photography workshop will cover industry standard working strategies used in shooting and in high-end retouching of beauty photography - cosmetic, fashion, hairstyling and advertising - from start...

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Creative Retouching, Interviews & Making Of Stories

The Making Of The Verge Artwork by LightFarm Studios

I was very happy to see an email from Milton Menezes, director of LightFarm Studios, Brazil in our Retouching Academy Facebook page mailbox. The LFS team have just released their "The Verge" artwork along with the making-of video and we'd...

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