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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Software

Blurring – Clarifying Some Misconceptions

As any resourceful retoucher would know, there is a strict low tolerance towards over-blurring in the high-end retouching community. On online forums where retouchers post their work for online peers to critique and advise, I come across some good-intentioned...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Working With Colors

Color and Luminosity: Real-World Color Correction Techniques

Introduction Every now and then, an image comes along with complex color schemes that can be daunting to retouch. For such cases, isolating luminosity and color components of the image and tackling each one individually can be helpful.  First, we must...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Black and White Conversions in Relation to Dodging and Burning

This is an outtake from the upcoming RA online workshop Beauty Retouching: Skin & Skin Tones by Lulie Talmor & Julia Kuzmenko McKim (July 12-13, 2014). The technique of Dodging and Burning, where one selectively adjusts the exposure on various areas of...

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