About Julia Kuzmenko McKim, RA Team

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

Industry & Community News

Retouching Academy Mentorship Program – April Winner

We have selected our Winner for April 2014 RAMP! We haven't recorded a video of our selection process this time, but our RA team have discussed all submissions and runner ups in our secret group. April submissions: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=oa.757808977592923&type=1 OUR WINNER: Leonor Vicente Mentor: Lulie Talmor Retouching It...

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Industry & Community News

Remove That Cart. Photoshop Request Fail

Just like most artists who share their work on the internet, I often get emails from people I don't know. Typically, they are just expressing their appreciation for what I create or write, or asking me some photography- or retouching-related questions. Yesterday, I got a...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Interviews & Making Of Stories

Retouching Academy Interview: Lulie Talmor

Retouching Academy on Facebook. Listen to Julia and Lulie chat about retouching as a craft, retouching career and growing as a creative professional.      Lulie's Website & Social Media Pages: www.lulielens.com www.behance.net/LulieLens www.facebook.com/LulieLens . Lulie's Articles on Retouching Academy: www.retouchingacademy.com/author/lulie/ Stay tuned for more interviews...

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Creative Retouching, Interviews & Making Of Stories

Breathtaking Work of The Amazing Australian Artist Alexia Sinclair

I recently published my interview with one of my most favorite digital artists Alexia Sinclair on Fstoppers. My full interview, however, was much longer and I picked Alexia's brain about her post-production stage & Photoshop as well specifically for the...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Interviews & Making Of Stories

The Making It Up Beauty Series & Retouching Details

I recently published an article on Fstoppers about one of the Retouching Academy community group members  Juan Sánchez Castillo from Spain and his beautiful series "Making It Up".  In that article Juan explained how he photographed the images, and exclusively for...

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Business & Clients, Industry & Community News

Retouching Academy Mentorship Program – February 2014 Winner Announced

This time we've actually got together and looked through the submitted images. We've talked about what we thought was done well, as well as what could have been done better. The video ended up being 2 hours long, so...

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High-End Beauty & Fashion, Industry & Community News, Retouching Educational Events

Educational Event Alert – Pratik Naik, Mikhail Malyugin & Julia Kuzmenko McKim

As you already know, we are an educational organization, and, although we are very young, we're working towards having a wide range of online and offline educational programs for artists from around the world. Ultimately, most of our offline events...

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Creative Retouching

Let’s Play! Fun Robocop Retouching Contest & Prizes

UPDATE: The finalists and the Winner are announced on Fstoppers: The Awesome Robocop Retouching Contest Winners Congratulations, Jeff Whitlock! My Fstoppers colleague, NYC based Commercial Photographer Douglas Sonders, is running a fun retouching contest and giving away some sweet prizes! Douglas recently had...

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Industry & Community News

Retouching Academy Mentorship Program – January 2014 Winners Announced

  We are super excited to announce that the first round of the Mentorship Program in our Retouching Academy Community group is finished and our winner Mentees are announced along with the Mentors of the month! Join our community group to...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

Importance Of Self-Promotion For Artists and Practical Tips

In this post our Guest Artist Michael Herb, Commercial, Editorial and Conceptual Photographer from Las Vegas, NV talks about the importance of self-promotion for artists and shares his own methods. I absolutely agree with Michael on how necessary self-promotion is,...

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Creative Retouching, Interviews & Making Of Stories

The Making Of The "Red Dress Twirl" Artwork by Shayne Gray

In this post our Guest Artist Shayne Gray from Toronto, Canada will walk us through the creation process of his "Red Dress Twirl" image. I am really enjoying reading through our Guest posts and seeing their BTS and Before images...

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Beauty Retouching, Fundamentals

Concepts of Beauty, Biology & Aesthetics For Beauty Retouchers

There are thousands of video tutorials on how to retouch skin, hair, etc., but I haven't seen anyone talk about what it is that needs to be retouched to make a female portrait more flattering. In this video I've attempted...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals

History, Caches & Good Work Habits For Better Photoshop Performance

Please read How to Set Preferences & Memory Usage for Peak Performance before you continue reading this article. History & Caches Simply put, keep History States and Cache Levels at their default settings, and get into the habit of working on separate Layers,...

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Business & Clients, Commercial Retouching

You Have To Value Your Own Talent & Time And Educate Your Clients To Do So

This is a great video from Derek Halpern of Social Triggers talking about how to prevent new clients from haggling your rates. He also offers a great script of response to client requests negotiating your rates down. We often find...

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Fundamentals, Software

How to Set Preferences & Memory Usage for Peak Performance – Photoshop CC, CS6

Here are a few ways to enhance Photoshop performance: Optimize your current hardware Customize Performance Preferences in Photoshop Tailor your Photoshop work habits (read more: History, Caches & Performance-Friendly Work Habits) Hardware The faster the processor you’re using and the more random...

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