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Efficiency & Productivity, Successful Retouching Business

Debunking the Top 5 Myths About the Instagram Algorithm

The Instagram Algorithm has morphed into everyone's favorite conspiracy theory. Brands and influencers the world over will spout the truth as they believe it to be, often based on rumor and speculation. Later, one of Instagram's few official third-party...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

16 Useful Productivity Tools for Freelance Artists

Freelance artists have it harder than most because we have to wear every hat for our business. We are the marketers, the customer service representatives, the sales team, the producer, the artisan, the bookkeeper, and every other role in...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

Passion, Drive & The Everyday Challenges On The Way To Your Success. Part 2

Continued from Passion, Drive & The Everyday Challenges On The Way To Your Success. Part 1 Problem #2  Self-doubt & Lack of inspiration When I was in high school and it was time to start thinking of my future profession, I wanted to...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

Passion, Drive & The Everyday Challenges On The Way To Your Success. Part 1

I used to think that the first two - passion and drive - inevitably would lead me to the ever-desired success as an independent artist because, as we all know, "Genius is 1% inspiration and 99% perspiration" and "The harder...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

XP-Pen Products Might Be The Best Budget Alternative to the Industry Standard Wacom Tablets

We all love our Wacom tools and consider them a mandatory piece of hardware for any professional or aspiring professional retoucher. The Wacom Cintiq Pro line of graphic displays are coveted as the standard for high-end retouching. However, the...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Industry & Community News, Software

Next Major Adobe Creative Cloud Release Won’t Support Older Operating Systems (Mac & Win)

Some alerting news come from Adobe for the artists who stick with older Mac and Windows Operating Systems: the next major release of Creative Cloud won’t support older versions of both Windows and Mac OS. The cut off is at...

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Apple Releasing a Pro-Focused Mac Mini and Low-Cost MacBook Air

Apple Inc. recently announced the upcoming  pro-focused Mac Mini and a new “low-cost” MacBook Air. The new laptop is rumored to include a Retina Display and said to have thinner bezels, but will look similar to the company's current...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Hardware & Tools, Industry & Community News

Fastest Storage Drives Ever Created Introduced by Intel

Intel's latest memory technology named Optane 800P uses recently developed 3D XPoint (pronounced “cross-point”) technology to deliver incredible speed. This new memory tech uses a type of non-volatile memory (NVM) and is now being touted as a potential SSD...

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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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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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Beauty Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Video Tutorial

New Hair Retouching Video Course Released

We are very excited to announce the release of our new Hair Retouching video course taught by Michael Woloszynowicz of Vibrant Shot Photography, the author of our Master D&B and Color Grade courses. This course is in an instant...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity, Successful Retouching Business

Why Professional Photographers Need Professional Retouchers

Today's article comes from guest contributor, Kris Fulk. Born in the Philippines, Kris is now a commercial photographer and educator currently based in Winston-Salem, North Carolina. One of the things I get asked about is why I don’t retouch all...

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Retouching Men's Portraits
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Beauty Retouching, Creative Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity

Retouching Male Portraits

It's no news to anyone that we see women comprising the bulk of subject matter in fashion, editorial, cosmetic, and social media imagery, so it's not surprising that almost all retouching education and workflows revolve around techniques that serve...

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Retouching Portraits in Lightroom CC
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Efficiency & Productivity, Software, Video Tutorial

Portrait Retouching Using Lightoom CC Mobile and Adobe Fix

Retouching on the go is a new and popular theme which has been popping up more often these days with apps like Lightroom CC Mobile and Adobe Fix. While they won’t be taking the place of their desktop siblings...

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Improve Your Workflow With These Hidden Gems in Photoshop

Photoshop is one of those astounding applications where learning never ends. Despite this, it’s possible to get complacent when it comes to seeking out new methods for improving your workflow. These useful, little-known techniques from Blake Rudis might be...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity

Streamline Your Instagram Marketing With Later

Gone are the days of traditional marketing and a well-designed website being the go-to strategy for gaining new clients. Social media has made itself king, with Instagram currently reigning supreme. While dependence on one social network can be worrisome...

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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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Efficiency & Productivity, Hardware & Tools

Wacom Releases the New Cintiq Pro 24 and 32

Like a contractor’s hammer, a Wacom pen tablet is a mandatory piece of hardware for any creative looking to become a retoucher. The pen-to-paper-like experience allows the creative to work with greater precision and finesse, which is otherwise not...

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