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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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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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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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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 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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retouching eyebrows in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Fill and Shape Eyebrows Using Photoshop

While eyebrow trends keep changing from pencil-thin to thick and bushy, eyebrows always require special attention as they frame the face and give it character. Today makeup artists and regular women make sure the eyebrows look filled and groomed,...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

Remove Blemishes and Wrinkles Quickly in Photoshop

To become a skilled retoucher, you must master the use of the basic tools available to you, especially when it comes to perfecting skin. One such tool is the Healing Brush for cleaning up the skin by removing blemishes, wrinkles,...

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how to reduce and soften skin highlights in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How to Reduce Unwanted Highlights on Skin In Beauty & Portrait Retouching

While retouching beauty, fashion and portrait images, you will often encounter strong highlights that may need to be reduced. While current makeup trends lend themselves toward a "glowing" look through the use of heavy highlighters applied to the skin,...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Brighten Eyes Naturally in Photoshop

The sclera, or the whites of the eyes, should be carefully considered when retouching beauty and fashion images as well as portraits. It can reflect makeup and bright colors surrounding the model during the shoot, or, more typically, look...

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how to use spot removal in lightroom cc
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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Use The Spot Removal Tool in Adobe Lightroom

Retouching portraits have never been easier with the tools available in Adobe Lightroom. One of the most powerful tools you will use is the Spot Removal tool (Q key on keyboard), which is located in the Develop Module. Opening...

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retouching beauty portraits in lightroom
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Retouch Portraits in Adobe Lightroom

Adobe applications have become more accessible than ever, making Lightroom a popular choice among photographers and retouchers. While many have fit Lightroom into their workflow for organizing, batch processing, and basic adjustments, Lightroom in and of itself is a...

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get perfect skin tones using curves adjustment in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

4 Great Methods to Perfect Skin Tones Using Curves in Photoshop

Correcting and controlling color, especially in skin tones, is an imperative part of the retouching process. Skin tone can be impacted by a variety of causes, such as lighting setups, the surrounding environment, as well as how the camera...

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Beauty Retouching, Interviews & Making Of Stories

Interview with the RA Beauty Retouching Contest Winner

Our first Beauty Retouching contest was a fascinating experience not only for our community, but also for the RA team as we got a chance to review the work of hundreds of retouching artists of all skill levels applied...

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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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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

New Hair Retouching Video Course Released

We are very excited to announce the release of our new Hair Retouching video course taught by Michael Woloszynowicz of Vibrant Shot Photography, the author of our Master D&B and Color Grade courses. This course is in an instant...

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