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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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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beginner mistakes in photoshop and how to fix them
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Fundamentals, Real World Practices, Software

The Top Beginner Mistakes in Photoshop and How to Fix Them

Learning Photoshop can be an intimidating endeavor for many beginning retouchers, as there are literally thousands of techniques that the software is capable of. The fact that many people are self-taught tends to lend itself to those users picking...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Understanding Blending Modes in Photoshop

Whether you are color grading, manipulating tones, or creating a composite, understanding blending modes will help you achieve the desired result. This crash course by Jesús Ramirez of the Photoshop Training Channel breaks down the basic fundamentals of these...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

14 Lightroom Tips to Speed up Your Workflow

Adobe Lightroom contains a plethora of hidden settings and shortcuts that can make photo-editing a breeze. This helpful tutorial by photographer, Evan Ranft will guide you through his top fourteen tips and tricks for adding efficiency and visibility to...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Software

Blurring – Clarifying Some Misconceptions

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...

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Adobe Launches a YouTube Series for Beginners

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...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Video Tutorial

Essential Retouching Tools for Face & Hair

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...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Working With Colors

Color and Luminosity: Real-World Color Correction Techniques

Introduction 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...

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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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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Real World Practices

Stop Doing These 5 Things For Better Retouching Results

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...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Software

Customizing Your Workspace in Photoshop

Software: Adobe Photoshop Skill level: Beginner Workspaces 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...

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Fundamentals, Industry & Community News, Software

The Hidden Treasures of Creativity in Adobe Photoshop

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...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Software

Working With Selections: The New Select and Mask Feature

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...

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History Panel
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Fundamentals, Software

Photoshop Basics: Getting To Know The History Panel

History Panel 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...

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Fundamentals, Software

Creating Banding-Free Gradients In Photoshop

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...

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