Thank you for sending me your Pain Points last week. I will be sure to include them in the Photoshop Basic 2 Course starting this Saturday. I will also put them as next up for free videos when I release some more. You if forgot to reply, you can simply reply to this email, letting me know what you would like covered in future videos.
Crazy busy week here in the studio. I've had about 50 images pass through already, with another 30 to go. It's nice to keep busy, and have the ability to work on many different photographic styles and subject matter. It helps keep my ADD occupied (Oh look, a squirrel).
I've also added several images to my online portfolio https://www.theartofretouching.com/studio, and several more to my private portfolio. Again, it's nice to be able to keep things fresh and active.
Arcsoft Portrait 3 Review
Arcsoft approached me about a year ago an asked if I could review their product. I looked at it, and said no. I explained to them various reasons why it failed. I see they came back with a new version. Once again, I would say no. Look at my Portraiture Tutorial for what I recommend. This product just makes everything look fake and plastic. This has been a public service announcement.
Various Raw Processors
I had released a quick video covering several of the main raw Processors on the market. Nothing in great detail, just showing you what is available.
10 Easy to Understand Lighting Tutorials
This links out to various other lighting effects tutorials. Comes off a bit as "Effect of the Week" type of items.
70 Best Web Design tutorials
I don't usually include links to graphic design type of things, but this post is so massive, I thought a few of you would find interest in it.
High Key portraits and Film Noir Style
While I find this to largely be an exercise of how not to actually do it, I do like the end effect of adding the blinds. I think that part turned out very well. But just to defend my point, cloning in camera raw, and clarity of -80 are just terrible ideas. But, it's from a big, nationally publicized magazine and website, so it must be ok, right?
10 Questions Answered About Retouching
Q&A with Phlearn. It's a 20+ minute video that seeks to answer some view questions. As usual, good stuff.
Sharpen Photos The Smart Way
Here is a 5 page article explaining how to sharpen an image. I suggest you just skip to page 5, and use Smart Sharpen. In fact, don't even waste your time reading an article that tells you to use Unsharp Mask (that smears tone), or Camera Raw (that sharpens noise). Use Filter – Sharpen – Smart Sharpen and adjust the first two sliders. Use a mask to target detail areas.
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Start off the new year by crushing it with your awesome color corrected photographs. Basic 1 class started, but the entire course is pre-recorded, Basic 2 is 4 weeks, and Intermediate is 4 weeks. Each month, classes run from easy to complex, so you can jump on board, where ever you think your skill level is.
Basic Level 2 Photoshop 16 Hour Course (Starting February 1st):
Basic Level 1 Photoshop 20 Hour Course (Starting February 19th):
Intermediate Photoshop 20 Hour Course (Starting March 1st):