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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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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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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Understanding The Color Composition of an Image
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Commercial Retouching, Fundamentals, Working With Colors

Understanding the Color Composition of an Image

If you're a new photographer just starting to produce your shoots, you might mistakingly think that post production and/or color grading is what makes the "look" or "feel" of a photograph. Analyzing the use of color in an...

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default develop settings in lightroom
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Change the Default Develop Settings in Lightroom

The way color is captured in-camera can differ between brands, models, and lenses. When you first import your photographs to your RAW Converter of choice, you may find yourself making the same adjustments again and again. Or,...

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Industry & Community News, Real World Practices

WARNING: Creative Professionals & Models Targeted

Dear Artists, Beware, this alarming email has been sent out to many creative professionals and models around the world (see screenshots below). My colleague received it today, did a bit of digging on the web and found posts about it...

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how to use all adjustment layers in photoshop
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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Learn All 19 Adjustment Layers in Photoshop in Just 33 Minutes

Working non-destructively in Photoshop is the best way to edit photographs as each modification can be revised throughout post-production. Using Adjustment Layers allows making changes to your photograph without permanently altering the underlying image. There are nineteen adjustments available in...

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color correcting skin tones in photoshop
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Fundamentals, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Color Correcting Skin Tones With Adjustment Layers In Photoshop

Getting skin tones to look natural and flattering in your photographs can sometimes be a challenge. There are many causes of incorrect colors in-camera, from inaccurate White Balance to random colors from the subjects' surroundings reflected onto the captured...

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why you should color calibrate your display for retouching
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Why You Should Color Calibrate Your Monitor

Accuracy is imperative for a retoucher, as your goal is creating a perfected final product. Color accuracy is one of those aspects of post-production that is vitally important, especially for commercial or editorial imagery. There is nothing more frustrating than...

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