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Retouching Job Alert

#JOBALERT: Experienced Beauty & Product Retouchers for Avenue Retouching Agency

Avenue is a retouching agency catering to cosmetics brands and commercial photographers in the beauty industry, currently hand-picking a small selection of highly skilled freelance beauty retouchers:

We’re looking for an exceptionally talented retoucher to join our Freelance Talent Pool. You should have a minimum of 2 years professional retouching behind you with significant experience across commercial and editorial beauty. You must be used to a fast-paced, high-volume workflow and willing to go the extra mile when deadlines demand.

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how to retouch eyelashes and eyebrows
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Retouch Eyelashes and Eyebrows for Beauty Photographs

When retouching beauty images, the finer details matter. Skin retouching is typically the focus during post-production, considered one of the most critical aspects of quality retouching. But the difference between amateur retouching and genuinely professional work are details that sometimes...

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Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

Roundup of Apple WWDC Announcements for Photographers and Retouchers

This year’s Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) was an eventful one for Apple, announcing many exciting new software features and products. Notably, the pro users (or power users) got the recognition they wanted, with a refresh of the Mac Pro, as well as Apple finally releasing a new display. We’ll discuss some of these in more detail, as well as one particular new feature that may give you the drawing tablet you’ve always wanted.

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learn lightroom in under thirty minutes
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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Learn Adobe Lightroom in Under 30 Minutes

Adobe Lightroom has been an industry heavyweight for many photographers and retouchers. With each update bringing new features and performance improvements, Lightroom is a fully-loaded RAW Converter, image-editor, and a powerful file management system.While some photographers and retouchers may prefer to live entirely within Photoshop’s interface, there are many benefits to learning the ins and outs of this software as a complement to Photoshop, especially if you are dealing with large volumes of images.

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adobe warns subscribers of legal action
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Industry & Community News, Software

Adobe Warns Subscribers Running Old Versions of Apps of Infringement Claims

On May 8th, Adobe mysteriously pulled all but the two most recent versions of their applications for download. Immediately following this announcement, however, actively subscribed customers began receiving e-mails from Adobe informing them that they are no longer licensed...

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Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

The New Wacom Intuos Pro is Available in Small Size Now

Wacom introduces the new Wacom Intuos Pro Small to its professional range of creative pen and touch tablets. Being the youngest and smallest in the family, it benefits from Wacom’s more than 35 years of know-how, innovation and experience in creating products for digital art and design.

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frequency separation made easy
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Beauty Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

Simplifying Skin Retouching With Frequency Separation

Retouching skin requires attention to detail and accuracy, but not every technique has to be overly complicated or time-consuming. Frequency Separation has grown in popularity due to its ease of use, making it a convenient method for retouchers from beginners to professionals.

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reposts and regrams for photographers and retouchers
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Real World Practices, Successful Retouching Business

Do Instagram Reposts Help Market Your Work?

Many photographers and retouchers have ambitions of seeing their work in glossy magazines or campaigns by recognizable brands. But due to the popularity of Instagram, and its usefulness as a marketing tool, there now exists a new sub-category for...

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five mistakes to avoid while dodging and burning
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Beauty Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

5 Mistakes To Avoid While Dodging and Burning

Dodging and burning is an essential technique in any retoucher’s toolkit. However, it can be a somewhat tricky method to grasp at first. While there are common mistakes that can be apparent right from the start, such as too...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Quick Color Change Techniques That Every Retoucher Should Know

Retouching assignments stretch beyond skin and hair, often requiring precise color adjustments. Eye color, makeup, jewelry, various aspects of an image may need fine-tuning to achieve the desired result for your own creative direction, or at the behest of...

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basic skin retouching in photoshop
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Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

Introduction to Retouching Skin in Photoshop

When you are first learning how to retouch skin in Photoshop, it can seem like a genuinely intimidating task. There are many techniques, with every experienced retoucher preferring one method over another. While we firmly believe that practice is...

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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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Business & Clients, Industry & Community News

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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productivity applications for freelance artists
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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 retouch eyes in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How to Retouch Eyes in Photoshop

As the universal saying goes "Eyes are the mirror of the soul", and Beauty and Portrait photography tend to share one commonality: they both emphasize the subject’s eyes. The eyes might be highlighted in a more commercial sense to showcase...

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retouching hair in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Video Tutorial

The Best Methods for Retouching Hair in Photoshop

There is no shortcut to quality hair retouching, which may explain why it is by far one of the most neglected aspects of beauty retouching. Reducing distractions by polishing skin and makeup is one part of the equation, but...

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