why you should color calibrate your display for retouching
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Why You Should Color Calibrate Your Monitor

Accuracy is imperative for a retoucher, as your goal is creating a perfected final product. Color accuracy is one of those aspects of post-production that is vitally important, especially for commercial or editorial imagery.There is nothing more frustrating than...

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how to reduce and soften skin highlights in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How to Reduce Unwanted Highlights on Skin In Beauty & Portrait Retouching

While retouching beauty, fashion and portrait images, you will often encounter strong highlights that may need to be reduced. While current makeup trends lend themselves toward a "glowing" look through the use of heavy highlighters applied to the skin,...

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Software, Video Tutorial

Free Up Two-Thirds of Memory Space With Lossy DNG Compression in Lightroom

As megapixel counts go up, so do file sizes, making data management a critical aspect of every digital artist's workflow. With RAW file sizes typically ranging between 30MB-50MB an image, that can add up drastically and require a host...

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new features in photoshop cc 2019
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Industry & Community News, Software, Video Tutorial

The Top 20 New Features in Photoshop CC 2019

Adobe's latest release of Photoshop CC 2019 came with an impressive list of new features that are well worth the upgrade. While some features, such as the Frame Tool, bring in new options like those within InDesign, others will...

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Adobe Releases New Features and Updates for Lightroom

There has been no shortage of exciting announcements for digital artists from Adobe MAX 2018. For photographers and retouchers making use of the Adobe photography ecosystem, the latest updates to Lightroom Classic and Lightroom CC will be particularly of...

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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Did You Know Vivid Light Blending Mode is Great For Color Grading?

Color plays a vital role in photography and is often the marker of a skilled artist versus a beginner. When crafting one’s style and visual aesthetic, the way one tones their images can say a lot about their body...

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photoshop tricks and hacks for retouching
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

These 19 Hacks Will Help You Improve Your Retouching in Photoshop

To stay relevant and marketable in this highly competitive industry, it’s important to keep your skills sharp and to constantly learn new and improved ways to get the job done. Photoshop is a tool of our trade, but with...

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retouching beauty portraits in lightroom
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Retouch Portraits in Adobe Lightroom

Adobe applications have become more accessible than ever, making Lightroom a popular choice among photographers and retouchers. While many have fit Lightroom into their workflow for organizing, batch processing, and basic adjustments, Lightroom in and of itself is a...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

Passion, Drive & The Everyday Challenges On The Way To Your Success. Part 2

Continued from Passion, Drive & The Everyday Challenges On The Way To Your Success. Part 1 Problem #2  Self-doubt & Lack of inspiration When I was in high school and it was time to start thinking of my future profession, I wanted to...

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should you pay to have your work published
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Business & Clients, Industry & Community News, Successful Retouching Business

What’s Wrong With Magazines Charging Their Contributors For Submissions

Beauty and fashion editorials are an opportunity for artists to showcase their creativity and skills. They often act as a means of advertising the team’s talents to potential clients and have become the lifeblood of many marketing plans for...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

Passion, Drive & The Everyday Challenges On The Way To Your Success. Part 1

I used to think that the first two - passion and drive - inevitably would lead me to the ever-desired success as an independent artist because, as we all know, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" and "The harder...

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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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