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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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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Practical Use Of Clipping Masks in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we will cover what Clipping Masks are and how to create them in Photoshop. We will also touch on some retouching scenarios when they can be very useful. KEY POINTS: Clipping Masks allow you to apply pixels...

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Business & Clients

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 a response to client requests negotiating your rates down. We often...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

The difference between Brush Opacity & Fill and Layer Opacity & Flow

BRUSH OPACITY vs. FLOW While most people starting out with Photoshop tend to utilize Opacity slider and leave Flow untouched, knowing the difference between the two will allow you to select the one that will perform best for a given...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Working with Layer Blend If Sliders in Adobe Photoshop

Learn how to work with this super useful and often overlooked function of Layers Blending Options - Blend If Sliders. In this video I will show you how the Blend If sliders work and give a couple of practical examples...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

How to Work Smart With Quick Mask in Adobe Photoshop

Quick mask is a Photoshop tool that can be used in a wide range of image editing situations. It will be quite handy for a retoucher working with Architectural photography as well as Product, Advertising and even Wedding images. In...

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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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Fundamentals

Camera Settings For Better Images

Beginner photographers will often jump to studying retouching before they have their photography and lighting skills fine-tuned. However, it is smarter to start with a solid photographic foundation before refining one's post-production techniques. Starting off with a strong and technically...

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Fundamentals

Dynamic Range in Digital Photography

In photography, dynamic range is the ratio between the least and the highest measurable intensity of light. Simply put, it is the range of light and tonal detail from the darkest shadows to the brightest highlights. A good understanding...

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Fundamentals

Sharpness Vs. Focus in Digital Photography

Sharpness: Acutance + Resolution Sharpness is the level of the clarity of detail in a photo and is a valuable tool for emphasizing textures of subjects and subjects' details in an image. The sharpness of an image is described by two main...

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