restoring skin texture for great skin retouching
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Beauty Retouching, Real World Practices, Video Tutorial

How to Recover Skin Texture in Overexposed Areas

Quality beauty and portrait retouching is all about the skin, and how we preserve or enhance the detail of it, rather than blur it all away. Today’s video tutorial centers on how to recover skin texture from blown out...

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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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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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Beauty Retouching, Industry & Community News, Stay Inspired

Announcing the RA Beauty Retouching Contest

We hope that you’ve been inspired by our @retouchingacademy Instagram feed while learning and growing as a retouching artist and member of our Facebook RA Community. Now is your chance to show off your skills and win some cool prizes...

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Beauty Retouching, Industry & Community News, Software

New Release: Beauty Retouch v3.2 & Pixel Juggler 2.2 for CS6 to CC2018

We are happy to announce the release of the newest versions of the Beauty Retouch and Pixel Juggler Panels, which now include their own installers! In this update, we have responded to the changes in Brush controls in Adobe® Photoshop®...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Stay Inspired

How to Photograph Macro Beauty: Before Retouching Begins

In this guest article by Netherlands-based photographer, Sonja de Vlaming, she shares her process for preparing for a macro beauty photoshoot. From the right kind of equipment to consider, to lighting, to casting the right talent and creative team,...

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gradient maps and blend if sliders for skin tones
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Enhancing Skin Tones with Gradient Maps in Photoshop

Gradient Maps are a versatile tool for color grading, especially when you want to change the color temperature of the skin. This video tutorial by Prince Meyson demonstrates how to make skin tones look rich and vibrant by using...

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Beauty Retouching, Software, Video Tutorial

Working On Skin Tones In Capture One

While I am still extremely attached to my own Beauty Retouching workflow in LR and PS, I like seeing how much Capture One has evolved over the years and now offers more great tools for Beauty Retouching. Beauty and portrait...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

Get The Most Out Of Your Photos Before Retouching Begins

To achieve high quality retouching, it’s essential to start by getting the most detail out of the original photograph. This video tutorial by Julia Kuzmenko, walks you through her process for ensuring that before retouching even begins, the best...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

Enhancing Makeup With Dodging and Burning in Photoshop

In beauty and fashion photography, perfecting makeup is an essential part of retouching. When you are showcasing skillfully applied cosmetics or selling a feeling, often times the makeup will need special attention paid to it in order to enhance...

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Beauty Retouching, Real World Practices

Improve Your Retouching By Learning From Make-Up Artists

At Retouching Academy we've recently started highlighting blogs, articles and opinion pieces from around the internet that we find compelling and have value for our professional and aspiring professional readers. In Five Ways To Improve Your Retouching (full of great tips, check...

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common mistakes retouchers make
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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion

Six Mistakes to Avoid While Retouching

In order to become a skilled retoucher, it is vital for every artist to recognize when too much is too much, and what mistakes to watch out for. Training your eye to discern the differences between quality retouching and visually...

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retouching skin with dodging and burning
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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Video Tutorial

Retouching Skin with Dodging and Burning

A vital technique for every retoucher to master, dodging and burning is a non-destructive method for retouching. This video tutorial demonstrates a successful workflow for utilizing dodging and burning on skin. We previously shared Zoë Noble’s tutorial on using the...

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Beauty Retouching, Real World Practices

The Art of Flawless Skin: Photography & Retouching

"On the subject of beauty photography and retouching, one of the first aspects that comes to mind is flawless skin. The core of most beauty work is the art of conveying perfection. While few complexions are naturally perfect, it is...

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testimonial of retouching academy beauty retouch panel
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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Software

A Review of the Beauty Retouch Panel

For thousands of retouchers around the world, the Beauty Retouch and Pixel Juggler Panels have brought efficiency to their workflow by optimizing the retouching techniques we often use. RA Panels are an extension that works with Adobe Photoshop CS6 and...

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Beauty Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

Retouching Skin With The Clone Stamp Tool

In beauty, portrait and fashion photography skin retouching is arguably the most important and challenging part of the post-production process. Among the simple retouching tools in Adobe Photoshop, the Clone Stamp tool is our number one instrument when it comes...

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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Industry & Community News

Natural Trends in Fashion Retouching

Retouching, as with photography and fashion itself, has always been a slave to trends, and the driving force behind what we as industry professionals produce for our clients has always been what the consumer wants to see. These are...

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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

How to Color Grade Using Luminosity Masks

I have been using Luminosity Masks in my retouching for many years now and I absolutely love the flexibility they offer when making selections for exposure adjustments and color grading in Photoshop. I love how Zoë Noble explained her color grading...

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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Real World Practices

Don’t Let Facebook Image Compression Ruin Your Images

So, you just spent hours retouching your perfect shot. Naturally, you want to share it with the world, so you upload it to your Facebook page, only to find your hard work trashed and frankly looking like sh!#t. Well, rumor has...

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