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Efficiency & Productivity, Real World Practices, Video Tutorial

Remove Dust, Lint and Debris Quickly

One of the secrets of retouching at a high level is that you can cheat. There are countless dirty little tricks you should completely avoid as a beginner, and that once you've achieved a professional competence might just save your...

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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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High-End Beauty & Fashion, Video Tutorial

For Better Retouching Think Like an Art Director

As photographers and retouchers, we are used to scanning our images in search of the smallest blemishes and flyaway hairs to remove. However, there's a bigger picture to look at before you even get to that level of details. Try...

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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

How to Color Grade Using Luminosity Masks

I have been using Luminosity Masks in my retouching for many years now and I absolutely love the flexibility they offer when making selections for exposure adjustments and color grading in Photoshop. I love how Zoë Noble explained her color grading...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

RA Quick Tip: A Few Very Important Steps of Beauty Retouching Workflow Before Retouching Even Begins

I often get asked about my retouching techniques and by the way those questions are asked I realize that a lot of photographers and retouchers dismiss the true power of Raw files. So today I would like to share with you...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Software, Video Tutorial

New Video Tutorials For RA Panels Users

With the release of the latest version of the RA Panels we have been working on updating and adding new video tutorials to our Retouching Academy Lab website. The new Installation Instructions video, the Additional Features Installation, new Magical Skin...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

Changing Hair Color In Beauty and Fashion Images

In beauty and fashion photography sometimes we want to have our model to look a little more extravagant, but not many professional working models will allow a permanent or even an extended temporary change to her appearance without costing you an arm...

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Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

The Power of The Curves Adjustment Layer – Part 2: Manipulating Color

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; Use Color...

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Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

The Power of The Curves Adjustment Layer – Part 1: Tonal Range & Contrast

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...

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Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

A PSD That Shows You What Every Adjustment Layer Is Doing Via Curves

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!  Edmon Amiraghyan,...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

RA Quick Tip Video: Choosing & Replacing Wacom Stylus Nibs

If you have not changed your standard stylus nib ever since you purchased your Wacom tablet, take a peek into your pen stand and try different nibs until you find the one that works best for you. If your favorite stylus...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

Dodge and Burn: Working with Micro Transitions

Transitional Values, Tonal Transitions, and Micro Transitions are a big part of how we define the qualities that make up an image in photography. Transitional Values are the values found between the midtones and the shadows, and between the midtones...

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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

A Fast Way To Remove Stray and Body Hair

In today's RA Quick Tip I'd like to share my favorite way to quickly clean up the outline of the neck and shoulders from stray and body hair. I am a big fan of getting everything right in camera as I shoot,...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Software, Video Tutorial

Mastering Brushes for Dodge & Burn Work. Beauty Retouch Panel Update Details.

I have recently changed the way I work with brushes when Dodging & Burning and they made my D&B work more convenient and precise. I'd like to share why and how this happened and what it led to. My D&B brush...

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Creative Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

Practical Uses for Photoshop Layer Blending Modes

In this video we'll be discussing some of the most important layer Blending modes for retouchers to understand, as well as present practical examples of when they are used. We've divided our discussion into four main Blending mode groupings: Lightening...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Practical Use Of Clipping Masks in Adobe Photoshop

In this tutorial we will cover what Clipping Masks are and how to create them in Photoshop. We will also touch on some retouching scenarios when they can be very useful. KEY POINTS: Clipping Masks allow you to apply pixels...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

The difference between Brush Opacity & Fill and Layer Opacity & Flow

BRUSH OPACITY vs. FLOW While most people starting out with Photoshop tend to utilize Opacity slider and leave Flow untouched, knowing the difference between the two will allow you to select the one that will perform best for a given...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

Working with Layer Blend If Sliders in Adobe Photoshop

Learn how to work with this super useful and often overlooked function of Layers Blending Options - Blend If Sliders. In this video I will show you how the Blend If sliders work and give a couple of practical examples...

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Fundamentals, Software, Video Tutorial

How to Work Smart With Quick Mask in Adobe Photoshop

Quick mask is a Photoshop tool that can be used in a wide range of image editing situations. It will be quite handy for a retoucher working with Architectural photography as well as Product, Advertising and even Wedding images. In...

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