Dodge & Burn Methods Comparison

In this 7 minute tutorial I touch on the two main methods for dodging and burning skin in Photoshop. A MUST VIEW for anyone working in beauty photography or seeking to work as a professional beauty retoucher. Here I discuss the "Overlay Mode" technique as well as the "Curves" method of dodging and burning. The "Overlay" technique is faster and simpler to perform and setup than the Curves version as it only uses a single layer to perform both dodging and burning. The "Curves" method takes a few more seconds to prepare, but has a much better separation of the dodging and burning as they are performed on separate curve layers. This is NOT an in depth discussion about dodging and burning, but a simple comparison of the two most popular methods of using the technique. There will DEFINITELY be more in depth tutorials on the art of dodging and burning so stick around!    

Retouching vs Color; Why Keep Them Apart?

Do you have commitment issues? Well, if you're anything like me then you certainly do! What do I mean by this? In my two decades as a professional retoucher I've learned lots of things. Things that should always be done and things that should NEVER be done. One of those "never do" things is combining your color moves with your retouching. If I've seen it once I've seen it a thousand times... inexperienced retouchers working on files that have a bevy of layers interconnected with one another. The client doesn't like how things turned out and like Quincey(1970's drama about a forensic pathologist who has to solve crimes using vague clues), I'm called upon to save the day. What I find is often frustrating- layer upon layer of cloning, curves, comping and all sorts of business combined in an obfuscated way so that even the most seasoned retoucher would have problems figuring out what goes where. DO NOT DO THIS! So, how do we solve this problem? Simple, we learn the proper techniques and develop sound working practices. One of these practices is separating your color moves from your retouching layers. This may seem complicated, but it's really not. After […]

Art Direction & Revisions

If you've been retouching or shooting professionally on any scale for any amount of time then chances are you've had a client who simply couldn't make up their mind. Let's sayMaybe you've worked on a job where the art director wanted final art delivery with a few different versions of the same image? Whatever the case, dealing with multiple versions of the same image can be daunting.  
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