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Hardware & Tools, Video Tutorial

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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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Color Grading with Color Lookup Tables in Photoshop

A hidden gem within Photoshop is the Color Lookup Adjustment Layer, which utilizes LUTs for a different approach to color grading images. This lightning-fast tutorial by tutvid will give you a crash course in how to create LUTs, as...

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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Phase One Releases Capture One 11 With New Features & Improved Performance

Phase One has recently launched Capture One 11 with an impressive host of new features for retouchers and photographers alike. Capture One has enjoyed increasing popularity among professionals for raw conversion, tethered capture, and as a primary image processing...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Real World Practices, Video Tutorial

How to Quickly Clean Studio Backdrops in Photoshop

Paper backdrops are a staple within any studio setup as they offer a wide range of colors at a reasonable price. The downside, however, is that the paper becomes dirty easily, manifesting with scuffs, smudges, grime, and other distractions that...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

5 Ways to Fix Poor Ergonomics at Your Desk While Retouching

Sitting at your desk for hours on end culling through photographs or retouching can begin to wreak havoc on your body.  Practicing smart ergonomic techniques can save you from neck pain, back pain, leg pain, as well as wrist pain. We...

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Software, Video Tutorial

Quickly Learn the Curvature Pen Tool in Photoshop CC 2018

The Curvature Pen Tool is one of the most exciting new features brought to Photoshop CC 2018, making selecting and masking a breeze.  This quick video tutorial will have you using this powerful new tool in no time.  The Pen Tool...

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Software, Video Tutorial

The Differences Between Levels and Curves in Photoshop

During the journey to become proficient with Adobe Photoshop, two tools - Levels and Curves - will likely beg the question: what is the difference between them? This video by Unmesh Dinda of PiXimperfect, details their similarities and differences. When it...

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Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Using Gradient Maps to Color Grade Your Photographs

Color grading images is an essential aspect of post-production. Just as films are always color graded to instill a certain aesthetic or mood, the same is often true when retouching a stylized photoshoot. This quick tip by Kevin Roodhorst...

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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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Real World Practices, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Quickly Add Color to a Gray Background in Photoshop

A neutral gray backdrop is a staple of any studio setup, a versatile choice that can be easily adapted for various lighting situations. However, too much of a good thing can be bad, as too much gray can begin...

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Software, Video Tutorial

Color & Luminance Range Masking in Lightroom Classic CC

Lightroom Classic CC is Adobe’s new lightning-fast desktop update, that brought much more than performance improvements to the table. Color and Luminance Range Masking is one of the more exciting new features, ushering forth a whole new way to make...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Software, Video Tutorial

5 New Features In Photoshop CC 2018

Last week, Adobe launched Adobe Photoshop CC 2018 with a host of improvements and new features. There were over eighteen noteworthy new additions to the application, but which ones should you try out first? In this video Howard Pinsky reviews the...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

Get The Most Out Of Your Photos Before Retouching Begins

To achieve high quality retouching, it’s essential to start by getting the most detail out of the original photograph. This video tutorial by Julia Kuzmenko, walks you through her process for ensuring that before retouching even begins, the best...

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saving layers in photoshop
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Creative Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Quickly Save Photoshop Layers As Separate Files

There are thousands of tools, techniques, and shortcuts within Photoshop, and today we will share one that you’ll want to remember. When working with composite images, retouching a set of photographs, or applying color grading, often we want to have...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

Enhancing Makeup With Dodging and Burning in Photoshop

In beauty and fashion photography, perfecting makeup is an essential part of retouching. When you are showcasing skillfully applied cosmetics or selling a feeling, often times the makeup will need special attention paid to it in order to enhance...

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Real World Practices, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Color Grading with the Color Balance Tool in Photoshop

One of the most powerful means of impacting your audience is through the effective use of color. Setting the mood, creating an atmosphere, or even just using an aesthetically pleasing color palette is vital to attracting the clients you...

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using color calibration profiles in adobe lightroom
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Software, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Use Color Calibration Profiles in Lightroom

Effective use of color should be a top priority for all retouchers and photographers. While there are multiple ways to manage colors, one particularly underused yet simple feature is the Camera Calibration tool within Adobe Lightroom. In this video tutorial...

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Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Quickly Change Your Background Color in Photoshop

There will often be times when retouchers are asked to change the background color of an image. Like many aspects of retouching, there are a myriad of ways to accomplish this task. One of our favorite methods in Photoshop...

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