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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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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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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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XP-Pen Products Might Be The Best Budget Alternative to the Industry Standard Wacom Tablets

We all love our Wacom tools and consider them a mandatory piece of hardware for any professional or aspiring professional retoucher. The Wacom Cintiq Pro line of graphic displays are coveted as the standard for high-end retouching. However, the...

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What's New in Lightroom 7.5 Classic and Lightroom 3.6 CC
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New Features in Lightroom Classic 7.5 and Lightroom CC 3.6

Adobe recently released update 7.5 for Lightroom Classic as well as an update for Lightroom CC version 3.6. While these updates aren’t necessarily game-changing, they do come with improvements and fixes worth getting excited over. New in Lightroom Classic 7.5 ...

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Apple Releasing a Pro-Focused Mac Mini and Low-Cost MacBook Air

Apple Inc. recently announced the upcoming  pro-focused Mac Mini and a new “low-cost” MacBook Air. The new laptop is rumored to include a Retina Display and said to have thinner bezels, but will look similar to the company's current...

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Fastest Storage Drives Ever Created Introduced by Intel

Intel's latest memory technology named Optane 800P uses recently developed 3D XPoint (pronounced “cross-point”) technology to deliver incredible speed. This new memory tech uses a type of non-volatile memory (NVM) and is now being touted as a potential SSD...

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Fundamentals, Hardware & Tools, Working With Colors

Using a Color Chart to Ensure Color Accuracy in Your Photography from Capture to Resulting Image

Color accuracy is an important factor in photography and retouching. Modern day cameras rely entirely on the built-in software to interpret the color data in the captured images, and how the colors are captured will be a direct reflection...

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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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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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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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Wacom Releases the New Cintiq Pro 24 and 32

Like a contractor’s hammer, a Wacom pen tablet is a mandatory piece of hardware for any creative looking to become a retoucher. The pen-to-paper-like experience allows the creative to work with greater precision and finesse, which is otherwise not...

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Beauty Retouch
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Setting Up Your First Wacom Tablet

My first Wacom tablet was the original Wacom Bamboo. At the time, I couldn’t afford nor needed the professional Intuos line, which is what I now use, having grown into that professional tier. Before that, I had only been...

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retouching with the ipad pro and astropad studio
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Review: Using the iPad Pro for Professional Retouching

If you were to take Apple’s marketing at face value, you might think that the latest generation of the iPad Pro could be a true computer replacement. But can it replace a Wacom Intuos or Cintiq? In this video,...

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6 Tricks for Better Performance With a Wacom Tablet

For any professional retoucher, a graphics tablet is a necessity. However, there is an initial adjustment period, and like many tools, there are many customization options and little-known features. In the video tutorial below, Colin Smith of Photoshop Cafe demonstrates six handy...

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Buyer’s Guide to the Best Monitors for Retouching

The end of the year is an opportune time to invest in your business or add a smart purchase to your holiday wish list. In a retoucher’s quest for quality, investing in a great monitor can help you take advantage...

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Why Your Monitor Can’t Display Some Colors

The modern PC monitor does an exceptional job of representing a photograph in light, built from hundreds of thousands, or millions of pixels, each capable of showing one of over 16 million colors. For those of you like myself who...

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system requirements for retouching software
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System Requirements for Retouching

Becoming a retoucher is one of those things that doesn’t involve many barriers to entry. Most computers will run the necessary software, making retouching accessible to many. For those that are just beginning their journey as a retoucher, or those...

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