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Efficiency & Productivity, Successful Retouching Business

Debunking the Top 5 Myths About the Instagram Algorithm

The Instagram Algorithm has morphed into everyone's favorite conspiracy theory. Brands and influencers the world over will spout the truth as they believe it to be, often based on rumor and speculation. Later, one of Instagram's few official third-party...

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Commercial Retouching, Creative Retouching, Video Tutorial

Swapping Faces In Photoshop

While we always encourage photographers to get everything "right in camera", in many situations corrections are still needed to be done in post. When working with a group of subjects, for example, client demands or budget restrictions could make...

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WARNING: Elaborate Scams Targeting Photographers and How to Avoid Them

The digital age has given rise to a new type of criminal: sophisticated scammers capable of repeated feats of social engineering and elaborate long cons. The Hollywood Reporter initially broke this story, about a suspected group of scammers that...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

16 Useful Productivity Tools for Freelance Artists

Freelance artists have it harder than most because we have to wear every hat for our business. We are the marketers, the customer service representatives, the sales team, the producer, the artisan, the bookkeeper, and every other role in...

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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Using Luminosity Masking and Blend If Sliders in Photoshop

Luminosity Masks and making use of Blend If are two phenomenal ways to gain precise control over the tonal range of your image. In general, these tools grant you the ability to make accurate selections for manipulating the dynamic...

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basic skin retouching with frequency separation
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Beauty Retouching, Real World Practices

Skin Retouching Tips for Beginners: Frequency Separation

Practice makes perfect, which is especially true for a retoucher. It is important to practice various techniques for different applications so that you can begin to train your eye for what it should be editing. Noticing distractions, uneven tones,...

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how to use all adjustment layers in photoshop
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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Learn All 19 Adjustment Layers in Photoshop in Just 33 Minutes

Working non-destructively in Photoshop is the best way to edit photographs as each modification can be revised throughout post-production. Using Adjustment Layers allows making changes to your photograph without permanently altering the underlying image. There are nineteen adjustments available in...

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Business & Clients, Industry & Community News

Black Friday Sales at Retouching Academy and Fstoppers

It's that time of the year again! Grab all of the educational materials you have been eyeballing for a while and walk into 2019 with the newly acquired pro skills! Take advantage of these incredible deals from now until midnight November...

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color correcting skin tones in photoshop
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Fundamentals, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Color Correcting Skin Tones With Adjustment Layers In Photoshop

Getting skin tones to look natural and flattering in your photographs can sometimes be a challenge. There are many causes of incorrect colors in-camera, from inaccurate White Balance to random colors from the subjects' surroundings reflected onto the captured...

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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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