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Beauty Retouching, Fundamentals, Video Tutorial

How to Dodge and Burn Darker Skin Tones

Any retoucher worth their salt will know how to work with any skin tone. However, I tend to find that this is one area where photographers and retouchers struggle, as there is a tendency to overly lighten the skin...

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how to retouch eyelashes and eyebrows
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Retouch Eyelashes and Eyebrows for Beauty Photographs

When retouching beauty images, the finer details matter. Skin retouching is typically the focus during post-production, considered one of the most critical aspects of quality retouching. But the difference between amateur retouching and genuinely professional work are details that sometimes...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Quick Color Change Techniques That Every Retoucher Should Know

Retouching assignments stretch beyond skin and hair, often requiring precise color adjustments. Eye color, makeup, jewelry, various aspects of an image may need fine-tuning to achieve the desired result for your own creative direction, or at the behest of...

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how to retouch eyes in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How to Retouch Eyes in Photoshop

As the universal saying goes "Eyes are the mirror of the soul", and Beauty and Portrait photography tend to share one commonality: they both emphasize the subject’s eyes. The eyes might be highlighted in a more commercial sense to showcase...

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retouching eyebrows in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Fill and Shape Eyebrows Using Photoshop

While eyebrow trends keep changing from pencil-thin to thick and bushy, eyebrows always require special attention as they frame the face and give it character. Today makeup artists and regular women make sure the eyebrows look filled and groomed,...

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how to reduce and soften skin highlights in photoshop
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How to Reduce Unwanted Highlights on Skin In Beauty & Portrait Retouching

While retouching beauty, fashion and portrait images, you will often encounter strong highlights that may need to be reduced. While current makeup trends lend themselves toward a "glowing" look through the use of heavy highlighters applied to the skin,...

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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Brighten Eyes Naturally in Photoshop

The sclera, or the whites of the eyes, should be carefully considered when retouching beauty and fashion images as well as portraits. It can reflect makeup and bright colors surrounding the model during the shoot, or, more typically, look...

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how to use spot removal in lightroom cc
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Beauty Retouching, Commercial Retouching, Video Tutorial

How To Use The Spot Removal Tool in Adobe Lightroom

Retouching portraits have never been easier with the tools available in Adobe Lightroom. One of the most powerful tools you will use is the Spot Removal tool (Q key on keyboard), which is located in the Develop Module. Opening...

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retouching beauty portraits in lightroom
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

How to Retouch Portraits in Adobe Lightroom

Adobe applications have become more accessible than ever, making Lightroom a popular choice among photographers and retouchers. While many have fit Lightroom into their workflow for organizing, batch processing, and basic adjustments, Lightroom in and of itself is a...

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Beauty Retouching, Industry & Community News, Stay Inspired

Announcing the RA Beauty Retouching Contest

We hope that you’ve been inspired by our @retouchingacademy Instagram feed while learning and growing as a retouching artist and member of our Facebook RA Community. Now is your chance to show off your skills and win some cool prizes...

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Beauty Retouching, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Stay Inspired

How to Photograph Macro Beauty: Before Retouching Begins

In this guest article by Netherlands-based photographer, Sonja de Vlaming, she shares her process for preparing for a macro beauty photoshoot. From the right kind of equipment to consider, to lighting, to casting the right talent and creative team,...

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gradient maps and blend if sliders for skin tones
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Beauty Retouching, Video Tutorial, Working With Colors

Enhancing Skin Tones with Gradient Maps in Photoshop

Gradient Maps are a versatile tool for color grading, especially when you want to change the color temperature of the skin. This video tutorial by Prince Meyson demonstrates how to make skin tones look rich and vibrant by using...

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beginner mistakes in photoshop and how to fix them
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Fundamentals, Real World Practices, Software

The Top Beginner Mistakes in Photoshop and How to Fix Them

Learning Photoshop can be an intimidating endeavor for many beginning retouchers, as there are literally thousands of techniques that the software is capable of. The fact that many people are self-taught tends to lend itself to those users picking...

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Beauty Retouching, Software, Video Tutorial

Working On Skin Tones In Capture One

While I am still extremely attached to my own Beauty Retouching workflow in LR and PS, I like seeing how much Capture One has evolved over the years and now offers more great tools for Beauty Retouching. Beauty and portrait...

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Commercial Retouching, Industry & Community News

No, CVS is Not Banning Retouched Images

Yesterday, a myriad of news websites proclaimed that CVS, one of the largest drugstores in the U.S., had announced a ban on photo manipulation in makeup marketing created for in-store promotional displays, websites, social media and any other marketing...

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Efficiency & Productivity, Real World Practices

Six Retouching Issues to Prevent Before The Capture

The old adage of “time is money” could not be truer for retouchers, as our detail-oriented work demands hours of our time. For photographers that retouch their own work, the cause-and-effect of accuracy in-capture pays dividends when it comes time...

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Fundamentals, High-End Beauty & Fashion, Software

Blurring – Clarifying Some Misconceptions

As any resourceful retoucher would know, there is a strict low tolerance towards over-blurring in the high-end retouching community. On online forums where retouchers post their work for online peers to critique and advise, I come across some good-intentioned...

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