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Photoshop Layer Management: How You Order Your PSD Layers Matters

When working in Photoshop, your PSD Layer management approach - organizing your layers efficiently - is crucial to maintaining flexibility and control over your retouching workflow. Getting into the habit of properly structuring your PSD files early in your retouching...

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Generative AI for Freelancer: Will You Be a Disruptor or Disrupted?

As I advance in the Applied Generative AI course by MIT, I am completely and irrevocably convinced that the freelance business in the content creation field is experiencing a monumental transformation. The type that will permanently alter its landscape. I won't...

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Generative AI for Freelancers

The freelance world is undergoing a seismic shift propelled by Artificial Intelligence (AI), especially Generative AI. In my latest blog post, you will find how I believe this transformative technology is reshaping the industry and can help YOU to recession-proof your freelance...

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Retouching Eyes with the Eye Drops Button on the MUA Retouch Panel

The Eye Drops button on our MUA Retouch panel is like virtual Visine, only better. Use it to quickly clean up the whites of the eyes, add light and vitality to the eyes, as well as make adjustments to...

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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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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 between. This can make running our businesses both challenging and exhausting. Fortunately, constantly improving technology has paved the way for many different applications that can help us work smarter, not harder.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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