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Efficiency & Productivity, Industry & Community News

#RETOUCHINGSPACE Contest Winner!

Congratulations Manuela Crippa! Manuela participated in the ‪#‎RETOUCHINGSPACE‬ contest that we held a couple of weeks ago on Instagram. Her image was short-listed and consequently selected by majority vote in the Retouching Academy group. Manuela is a Beauty & Fashion Retoucher from...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Hardware & Tools

Back Up Your Wacom Tablet Settings

Dear RA Artists, A member of our RA Community reported some issues that he encountered with his Wacom tablet (Intuos Pro S) after updating his tablet driver to the latest version, from 6.3.15 to 6.3.16 today and we wanted to remind you to always back...

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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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Efficiency & Productivity, Real World Practices, Stay Inspired

8 Tips for Finding and Keeping Inspiration for Retouchers and Creatives

We all go through it. We’ve all been there. We will all go through it again. We feel bored and complacent. Getting stuck and feeling uninspired is part of the process of being a creative. We can’t run from...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Real World Practices

Good Retouching Habits: The Importance Of Zooming Out While You Work

This article will explain the importance of evaluating your image at different "zoom levels" while you work. Viewing distance How an image is perceived is largely dependent on the viewing distance and the physical size of the image canvas. It is easy...

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Business & Clients, Efficiency & Productivity, Stay Inspired

10 Tips: How to Stay Organized and Productive as a Freelancer

When I made the jump from my 9 to 5 job to full-time photographer and freelancer, I was ecstatic to have the freedom that came with the entrepreneurial life. Little did I know that there are unique pros and...

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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, 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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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity

Beauty Retouch RA Panel for Photoshop® CC2015

Dear Beauty Retouch Panel users, Please note that the new Adobe® CC2015 Update will by default completely wipe off all your CS6 and CC2014 Photoshop® extensions, including RA Panels. In order to continue using the RA Panels, please login to your Member Area...

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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity

RA Panels Get A Great Review On Fstoppers

It's soon going to be a year since the Beauty Retouch and Pixel Juggler panels were released, and we have been receiving lots and lots of great feedback from our users. An updated version of the Beauty Retouch panel with a few...

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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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Commercial Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals

The Importance of Layer Organization in Product Retouching – Part IV

This is the fourth part of the article by our guest Australian Commercial Digital Retoucher Peter Worthington. Part I: The Importance of Layer Organization in Commercial Retouching – Part I Part II: The Importance of Layer Organization in Product Retouching – Part II Part...

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Commercial Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals

The Importance of Layer Organization in Product Retouching. Part III

This is the third part of the article by our guest Australian Commercial Digital Retoucher Peter Worthington. Part I: The Importance of Layer Organization in Commercial Retouching – Part I Part II: The Importance of Layer Organization in Product Retouching – Part II Grouping Related Layers You're probably...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Food, Product & Jewelry

3 Ways to Save Retouching Time with Food Photography

Shooting food is different than portrait, architectural, or landscape photography. When shooting food, there is one end goal of your image. YOU WANT YOUR VIEWER TO BE HUNGRY! If the viewer wants to eat what is in your shot,...

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Commercial Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals

The Importance of Layer Organization in Product Retouching – Part II

This is the second part of the article by our guest Australian Commercial Digital Retoucher Peter Worthington. Part I: The Importance of Layer Organization in Commercial Retouching – Part I. Enjoy! Previously, I mentioned how to select all of the images you require in Adobe...

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Commercial Retouching, Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals

The Importance of Layer Organization in Commercial Retouching – Part I

In this tutorial our guest Commercial Digital Retoucher Peter Worthington will walk us through his workflow and share the most effective ways of handling layers in your master files as you progress with a retouching job. Peter is currently based...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals, Software

How to Use Apply Image Function to Expand Dynamic Range While Retaining Detail In Shadows And Highlights

A typical issue that photographers face when capturing digital images is limited dynamic range of DSLR cameras. We always have to choose between which detail we would like to keep, and which detail will unfortunately be lost. If you choose...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Fundamentals

History, Caches & Good Work Habits For Better Photoshop Performance

Please read How to Set Preferences & Memory Usage for Peak Performance before you continue reading this article. History & Caches Simply put, keep History States and Cache Levels at their default settings, and get into the habit of working on separate Layers,...

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