six mistakes to avoid for your retouching portfolio by kendra paige
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Beauty Retouching, Business & Clients

6 Mistakes You Can Avoid When Building Your Retouching Portfolio

As retouchers and photographers, it is imperative that we produce a great product, and that we successfully promote ourselves and our business. It can be challenging to remain objective when it comes to how we display our art online,...

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What was once a desk job that chained us to our offices, surrounded by our monster computer rigs, giant screens, sitting in uncomfortable positions, despite having purchased an expensive ergo chair. All the while still suffering from premature lower back pain and carpal tunnel syndrome, as if being divinely punished for the sins of our ancestors, could soon become a thing of the past.
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Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News, Software

Full Photoshop on Your Apple iPad Next Year

It’s no secret that hardware performance in mobile devices is progressing so rapidly that it's been seriously changing the way smartphones and tablets are used by creative professionals, especially visual artists. With the emergence of the innovations like Microsoft's...

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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Working With Colors

Super Quick Technique For Easy Color Matching Elements In Your Images

Love it or hate it, compositing is a common part of digital imaging today. Whether you’re superimposing a model onto a different than captured background, or compositing a series of product photos together for a commercial campaign, a uniform...

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color grading with split toning in lightroom
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Use Split Toning to Color Grade Your Images in Lightroom

Color grading photographs is an essential part of retouching, as beautiful skin and hair can be undermined by a poor use of color. There is no shortage of methods for manipulating color, which can range from complicated to simplistic.Split...

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Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

The New Most Powerful GPU Technology Promises Amazing Improvements In Post-Production Tools and Techniques

NVIDIA recently announced its new Graphics Processing Unit (GPU) named “Volta” which will bring Artificial Intelligence (AI) supercomputing and Deep Learning technology to GPUs in every industry.A few months ago the company shared that it had been working on...

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five ways to remove any objects in photoshop
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Real World Practices, Software, Video Tutorial

5 Ways to Remove Anything From an Image in Photoshop

Retouching often involves removing distractions and imperfections, so understanding the various techniques for accomplishing this task is essential. There are multiple tools within Photoshop that you can turn to, but appreciating the differences of each will help you to...

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inexpensive ways to market your photography and retouching
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Business & Clients, Successful Retouching Business, Video Tutorial

5 Inexpensive Ways to Market Your Work as a Photographer or Retoucher

As freelance artists, it is our sole responsibility to market our work so that we can gain a loyal clientele. While many artists can produce work that will please their clients, they often struggle when it comes to self-promotion...

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Retouching Men's Portraits
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Beauty Retouching, Creative Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity

Retouching Male Portraits

It's no news to anyone that we see women comprising the bulk of subject matter in fashion, editorial, cosmetic, and social media imagery, so it's not surprising that almost all retouching education and workflows revolve around techniques that serve...

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hidden tricks and hacks in lightroom for retouching workflow
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

5 Hidden Tricks for Speeding up Your Workflow in Adobe Lightroom

Adobe Lightroom is a robust application with hundreds of tools, making it very possible to discover entirely new techniques years into using it. Lightroom is not just a powerful RAW Converter, but it is a fantastic program for organizing...

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retouching natural light fashion with julia trotti
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Retouch Natural Light Photographs in Lightroom and Photoshop

Photography captured outdoors with natural light is typically the starting point for many new photographers, and the approach to retouching those images is often entirely different from studio shots. This excellent video by Sydney-based fashion photographer, Julia Trotti, goes...

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Beauty Retouching, Stay Inspired, Video Tutorial

RA Beauty Retouching Contest Update & Timelapse Retouching Video

Wow, what a great run! We accepted 785 submissions from artists all over the globe!On behalf of the Retouching Academy team and the Contest sponsors, Wacom and Capture One, I'd like to thank everyone who participated! We really enjoyed seeing how...

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how to get hired on a creative team for beauty and fashion photography
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Business & Clients, Real World Practices, Successful Retouching Business

14 Tips on How to Increase Your Chances of Getting Hired Again

As a freelance artist, one of your primary goals is securing return clientele. For retouchers, makeup artists, hair stylists, wardrobe stylists, digital techs, photography assistants, models, and others, one of those primary sources of income can be from the...

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color calibrate monitors and printers for retouching
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Real World Practices, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Color Calibrate All of Your Devices for Accurate Color

Color calibration is one of those topics that can be intimidating to beginner retouchers and photographers alike. This fantastic tutorial by our friends at Fstoppers makes calibration easy to understand by breaking down the process for several devices. If...

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