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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching

Becoming a Professional Beauty Retoucher

The world of professional beauty retouching is very exciting, collaborative and diverse. You never stop learning and growing as a creative professional because every job is a set of new challenges that keep your problem-solving and retouching skills sharp and ever-evolving. 

Read on if you are interested in becoming a Professional Commercial Beauty Retoucher.

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retouching on the ipad
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Hardware & Tools, Software, Video Tutorial

Hands On With Photoshop for iPad for Retouching

The much-anticipated release of Photoshop for the iPad is finally here. With its initial launch version, most of the features that retouchers rely on are present: the Clone Stamp tool, Spot Healing Brush, layers, adjustment layers, and more. You...

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retain skin texture with dodging and burning
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How to Retain Skin Texture While Fixing Imperfections With Dodging and Burning

The difference between a professional retoucher and an amateur is how they handle skin texture. While the average person may be content with editing their selfies using Facetune, the results wouldn't fly in the professional space. To this end, dodging...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Enhance Details Using New Features in Photoshop and Lightroom

With recent updates to Photoshop and Lightroom CC, Adobe has rolled out new features for detail enhancement that are worth exploring. Each of these features function differently, and today's video tutorial will show you a deep dive into the...

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Beauty Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

How to Dodge and Burn Darker Skin Tones

Any retoucher worth their salt will know how to work with any skin tone. However, I tend to find that this is one area where photographers and retouchers struggle, as there is a tendency to overly lighten the skin...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Black and White Conversions in Relation to Dodging and Burning

This is an outtake from the RA online workshop Beauty Retouching: Skin & Skin Tones.   The technique of Dodging and Burning, where one selectively adjusts the exposure on various areas of a film is as old as photography itself. With traditional...

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Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How To Use Luma Masks for Precise Adjustments in Capture One Pro 12

Luminosity masks are a useful tool for manipulating color, texture, as well as contrast. This feature, coined "Luma Masks," joins Capture One Pro 12, allowing you to easily create masks based on the Luma Range of a file. For retouching,...

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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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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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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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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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