learn lightroom in under thirty minutes
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

Quick Tip for Getting Better Results Using Content Aware Fill

Originally released in Photoshop CS5, Content Aware Fill was a tool ahead of its time. Using texture replacement synthesis, which was originally developed from space-time video completion as a means to correct corrupted data in video. In Photoshop however,...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

Exporting Images for Facebook, Instagram and Your Website from Photoshop

This week we are taking a look at one of the most frequently asked questions in the photography community on the web: What is the best way to export images for social media and your website? We’ll talk about optimizing...

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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Working With Colors

Super Quick Technique For Easy Color Matching Elements In Your Images

Love it or hate it, compositing is a common part of digital imaging today. Whether you’re superimposing a model onto a different than captured background, or compositing a series of product photos together for a commercial campaign, a uniform...

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How to Add Neon Effects In Photoshop
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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

How to Make Neon Effects Using Photoshop

Are you bored with the same old portraits, are you in a creative funk? Thankfully Photoshop has you covered with tons of ways to express your creativity and sometimes the simplest tips yield the biggest results. In this quick...

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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

How to Use and Create Color Look Up Tables in Photoshop

Photoshop has so many tools built within its massive toolbox that it can be easy to get lost for a beginner. Which tools we use can be up to mere personal preference or ease, while other tools are overlooked...

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Composition Study
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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Stay Inspired

How Understanding Composition Can Make You A Better Retoucher

Retouchers can learn a lot from traditional art forms like painting, as many of the fundamental concepts are quite similar. While retouchers tend to lend their focus in the areas of skin retouching and color grading techniques, composition is...

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Styles and Presets in Capture One
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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Software

How to Use Styles and Presets in Your Capture One Workflow

Capture One Pro version 10.1 brought us an improved Styles workflow, which has now been enhanced in version 11.1 with the addition of Style Packs. Styles and Presets are a quick way to apply adjustments on the background layer...

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Beauty Retouch
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Fundamentals, Hardware & Tools, Video Tutorial

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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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

How to Use History Snapshots in Photoshop While Retouching

Post-production is a thoughtful and meticulous process, with a variety of applied techniques and adjustments to color, texture, and exposure. While working on an image, it is common to go too far in a particular direction or find yourself...

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