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Since working for myself I've made it a mission to continually learn and develop my knowledge and understanding of my field of expertise.  Here are a few examples of great hints and tips I've learnt over the years doing different types of retouch work.

31 Dec 2019

2019: Year of Digital Composites & Key Art

By profession I’m an experienced Creative Retoucher and Artworker, but since working for myself I have found it increasingly important to keep picking up new skills. This is something that I often didnt have time to do in a full time job. One of my aims for 2019 was to continually improve my Photoshop Composite arsenal. This meant spending any free time I had to practice new techniques and watch any composite tutorials I could get my hands on. After […]

01 Dec 2019
Soda Splash Creative Retouch

Photoshop ‘Blend If’ Sliders

After much head scratching over the years and trying out numerous techniques there was one technique I found to be great for blending work in Photoshop. Admittedly I only discovered the blending sliders in Photoshop myself 4 years ago. I can say without a doubt it will change the way you work with your layers and really help in composition work. Whilst retouching lifestyle images for a well known fizzy drink brand I discovered that I could start to blend […]

08 Jul 2019

Frequency Separation on Food & Products!?

Frequency Separation on Food & Products, are you mad. A bit excessive dont you think? Well, actually no…. After spending many years retouching food for big household names I have found frequency separation an excellent technique for stubborn food and product retouch. When the usual cleanup methods; heal brush, cloning stamp etc dont work, I find that frequency separation combined with using the mixer brush on the low frequency layer works fantastic on food & product retouch, cleaning up the […]

07 Dec 2016

Focus Stack using Auto Align Layers

Have you ever spent a considerable amount of time manually aligning and scaling all your images in a focus stack, if so I would highly recommend the Auto align layers tool in Photoshop, no need to align and scale each one individually, let Photoshop do the leg work for you, saving valuable time and effort. Step 1: Bring all your Images into one Photoshop document Step 2: Select the layers you would like to focus stack/align Step 3: Navigate to […]