As any resourceful retoucher would know, there is a strict low tolerance towards over-blurring in the high-end retouching community. On online forums where retouchers post their work for online peers to critique and advise, I come across some good-intentioned...
This week, Adobe launched a new YouTube series of Photoshop tutorials aimed at beginners, called ‘3, 2, 1 … Photoshop!’
This series of videos created by longtime Adobe evangelist Julieanne Kost, covers a useful sampling of tips and tricks for...
In this video we'll be covering commonly used retouching tools for fixing blemishes on a subject's face and stray hairs.
As always, our aim is not only to show you the basics of the tools but also best practices for...
Every now and then, an image comes along with complex color schemes that can be daunting to retouch. For such cases, isolating luminosity and color components of the image and tackling each one individually can be helpful.
First, we must...
Sometimes the best way to improve your craft, in any field, is to look a little way outside of it, to explore and examine closely related arts and to get a feel for the skills needed in other fields...
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...
As photographers and retouchers we all begin from zero and improve our skills by constantly learning and refining our workflow. Looking back at my own progress in retouching, I realize that simply correcting some of my habits and beliefs...
Software: Adobe Photoshop
Skill level: Beginner
A workspace, is the entire working area of Photoshop. It’s what encompasses all the menus, tools and panels. Simply put, it’s pretty much everything you can see and click within Photoshop.
So it’s high time you dropped the...
Every experienced digital artist and retoucher knows how important your choice of brushes is for each specific purpose. With that in mind, on June 15, 2017, Adobe announced the release of a new set of digital brushes created from 360 scans of...
Adobe Photoshop CC 2015 recently released their 5.0 update which brought us a revamp of the already useful tool formerly known as Refine Edge. Let’s look at what’s new and how we can take advantage of this new update...
One of the most powerful tools for retouchers in Adobe Photoshop is the ability to select and modify pixels, referred to as making selections. Located on the tool bar, Selection tools are used to isolate one or several parts...
The History Panel is a tool which creates a chronological top-down view of everything you do in your working session in Photoshop. To access the History Panel, choose Window > History, or click the History Panel tab if it's already...
Seattle-based guest writer Josh Fredman is with us today to share how he avoids banding when creating gradient-based background in his images.
In this tutorial, we’re going to look at how to create banding-free gradients in Adobe Photoshop. Although often misunderstood, when used properly, gradients...
In this Retouching Academy Quick Tip video we take a look at the Clone Stamp Tool brush settings such as size and hardness, and demonstrate why softer settings can be extremely damaging to skin texture in beauty and portrait...
Hello Fellow Retouchers!
To create a fantastic image we have to make so many choices, the most impactful of which are often the simplest ones. How a photographer composes can turn an "ok" image into a great one. Retouchers as...
In part 2 of our introduction to the Curves Adjustment Layer we will take a look at how to use this tool to tone and color correct an image.
In particular, the video demonstrates how to use Curves to:
Color correct an image;
LESSON 3:BEFORE THE CAPTURE
Camera Sensors, Megapixels and How They Affect Post-Production Results
What Is ISO
Camera Settings For Better Source Images
Light & Shadow Basics
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We are excited to share a guest article from Ontario-based...
In this video, we are going to take an introductory look at the Curves Adjustment Layer, one of Photoshop’s most powerful and flexible tools. In particular, the video demonstrates the strengths of the Curves tool:
How to use it to precisely extend the...
When you use an adjustment layer in Photoshop that manipulates colors, you don’t see the coding that goes on behind each of them. What if you were able to understand exactly what is happening?
Now there’s finally a way!
Check out this wonderful guest article on Scott Kelby's blog by one of our top instructors Michael Woloszynowicz:
It’s Guest Blog Wednesday featuring Michael Woloszynowicz
In this article Michael talks about such fundamental things and their importance for successful retouching like: