Retouching eBooks for Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photographers

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If you are an amateur or professional photographer looking to learn or improve your retouching skills, you can find a perfect eBook for your level in our Online Store.

 

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The beauty of the eBook format is that all the important information is delivered to you in illustrated text-based and videos tutorials and workshops. 90% of our readers prefer learning from both text and video educational materials, and turns out eBooks are the ideal form of education for visual artists.

And even though there are fewer pages than in a traditional book, the word count in transcriptions of the video tutorials in the “Digital Photo Retouching” eBook, for example, comes up to 21,985 words (that’s the videos only!), which would be enough to fill up a few hundreds of pages more, only we know that our readers prefer visual materials to observe and learn from.

And we can also add some super valuable bonus materials such as custom Beauty Actions and Brushes along with text and video tutorials on how to use them. That’s why we too love interactive eBooks!

 

Jules Ebe, Southern California based Conceptual Artist and Photographer from SLR Lounge says:

This makes the material a lot easier to follow and if you forget something later on you don’t need to skip through a video – just pull up the directions in the text.”

 

Krunoslav Stifter, industry expert, the author of “The Art of Dodge & Burn” retouching training course says:

“The addition of interactivity by links to full retouching videos was a brilliant move. We live in the world of interactivity and video is the staple of that online lifestyle and including videos in the traditional book approach really works incredibly well and particularly since it’s so well done.

 

For a book that is 95 pages long with images there is surprisingly a lot of information. And there is the contribution of the entire team of creative professionals who contributed to the books content. It can be felt thorough the book.

 

It’s all pointing in the same direction though, how to get the most out of your photography and be effective in postproduction. There are quite a few examples of images and lighting setups. Most of it is covered in details and with valuable real-world tips. I think it is valuable to photographers as it is to retouchers.” 

 

Read more testimonials and reviews from our readers here.

 

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Check out these great reviews from the world’s largest and most respected online communities in the industry:

Check out this great Fstoppers review!

New AWESOME review by SLR Lounge!

“I decided to get the eBook, partly because I enjoy the extra goodies that come with it as well as the fact that I tend to learn best through video/text combinations.”

~ Jules Ebe, SLR Lounge writer

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Visit My New Blog – Retouching & Photography Education!

Posted by in For Fellow-Photographers, Retouching Books

 

 

If you enjoyed my blog posts and the way I teach photography and retouching, come visit my new blog at www.retouchingebooks.com/blog/

More great articles and tutorials!

 

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My eBooks Testimonials & Reviews

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Check out this great Fstoppers review!

 

 

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New AWESOME review by SLR Lounge!

 

 

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Gavin Smith photography, Celebrity & Portrait Photographer,  London, UK

 

I am reading through your ebook at present which is extremely  succinct , precise and refreshing.

The bonus goodie bag was simply too inviting and so I had a peak at that straight away. The actions area delight !
Am not sure what the Gradient is or how it is attached or worx, but that makes it all the more exciting !
Perhaps you should consider a trip over the large pond that separates our nations and hold a masterclass here in blightey.

Regards,
Gavin

 

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Joe Casillas, Portrait Photographer from Culver City, California

Thank you Julia for your eBook. I have cut my time in half and find myself with more time to do others things. I cannot wait for your next eBooks. Thank you for sharing.

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Jessica Joy, Portrait Photographer from Little Rock, Arkansas

 

I just wanted to quickly let you know that you have been an inspiration and in a very short time made my work grow leaps and bounds.  I got a DSLR and learned how to do all manual setting almost 4 years ago, but it has almost been a year since I decided to do photography professionally and I am just now to a point where I am building my portfolio and thinking about charging for my work.  I recently had a friend who allowed me to photograph her and she was so touched that she actually started to cry.  You bless so many people with you expertise and I just wanted to say THANK YOU!

I have shared your books and your site with a group of military photographers on FB and also with the photographers in Little Rock AR.   I just want to let you know that I hugely support you!
Thank you,
Jessica Joy

 

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Michal Mecner, Portrait Photographer from Prague, Czech Republic

Hi Julia,

 

For a couple of years I’ve been looking everywhere for a good source or a tutorial on perfect retouching & post-production techniques. I only found materials of mediocre quality and sources that were of little or no use to me. Finally, right out of the blue, I discovered Julia Kuzmenko’s oeuvre (thanks to my friend, Amanda Clark, artist and fashion designer). I fell in love with the way Julia utilizes Adobe CS tools and possibilities as well as numerous priceless suggestions on how to fine-tune the workflow in general.

The book is neutral as to one’s aesthetic taste, which also appeals to me very much; I wanted to learn techniques, not find myself parroting styles and visual vogues of others. But those who will browse Julia Kuzmenko’s book will be delighted to find tons of inspiration along the way! Last but not least, being trained both in the classic dark room and in digital environment, now I finally can say I’m beginning to get the best of both worlds! A great thanks goes to Julia et al.!

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Michal

Portrait & Wedding Photography

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Lynzi Judish, Fashion Photographer from Denver, Colorado

Hey there! I just wanted to thank you for putting your work out there and helping the photographic community so much with your retouching education. I am a photography student and have struggled quite a bit in the retouching realm as my school offers very little in that department. I’ve learned so much and have even been published recently, largely in part because I have learned so much from you. Seriously thank you!

 

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Jesse Peraza, Graphic Designer & Photographer from South El Monte, California

Hello Julia,

 

This is Jesse Peraza, one of your followers on Facebook. I just purchased your new digital book and wanted to congratulate you on your new launch.

All I have to say is WOW! This is the best ebook I have ever purchased. It contains tons of great information and tips. I love that you included useful resources in the back of the book. It amazes me how sharp and clean your photographs look. Although the digital version is enough, I am seriously thinking of buying the printed version when it is released just to see the beautiful detail and colors of your photography on physical paper.

I can’t wait to start reading page by page and learning everything I can from you. You are an inspiration to me and countless other people.

Thank you,

Jesse

 

Jesse Peraza
info@jessperaza.com

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Krunoslav Stifter, fellow artist from Croatia, industry expert and one of the world’s top educators in retouching, the author of “The Art of Dodge & Burn” educational DVD.

“Digital Photo Retouching: Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photography” ebook review:

I have to say my first good impression was surpassed by the second impression and more detailed look of your book. Really well done. Great attention to details, amazing visual presentation and layout. Your style is consistent thought the book and makes it a very pleasant read.

 

The book is filled with ton of useful tips on almost every page. And it’s not just the tips, there is also a workflow explanation for various common situations. From skin retouching to hair retouching.

 

The addition of interactivity by links to full retouching videos was a brilliant move. We live in the world of interactivity and video is the staple of that online lifestyle and including videos in the traditional book approach really works incredibly well and particularly since it’s so well done. 

 

For a book that is 95 pages long with images there is surprisingly a lot of information. And there is the contribution of the entire team of creative professionals who contributed to the books content. It can be felt thorough the book.

 

It’s all pointing in the same direction though, how to get the most out of your photography and be effective in postproduction. There are quite a few examples of images and lighting setups. Most of it is covered in details and with valuable real-world tips. I think it is valuable to photographers as it is to retouchers. 

 

 As a bonus there are actions and brushes included with accompanying videos and text explanations. There is also section about self-promotion and copyright and some personal tips from various fashion, portrait and glamour photographer’s and they are surely welcomed.

 

There are so many beautiful images in the book that it’s really a treat to the eyes and I did not feel like it’s overpowering the text. Seems like a good mix of images, text and videos.

 

Included are also lots of additional resources supplied as links to various educational sites, artists to follow, modeling agencies. Inspiration is thought the book, in fact the book itself is very inspirational and not just technical information and I think that makes it a refreshing blend of the two. The effort put into the book is seen on every page and it’s a delight to keep turning pages. 

 

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who is interested in expanding his or her knowledge on Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photography as well as digital retouching. It’s not a be-all and end-all book, but there is no such thing anyway.

 

I would  recommend to include this book in your collection for you are bound to find something worth the investment. If you don’t find it in this book than you might consider you are in the wrong industry. 

 

 

 

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Photoshop Disasters: Karlie Kloss Is A Topless Monster With Three Armpits

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I think it’s time to add a Photoshop Disasters category to this blog! Not just for fun, we want to learn from other retouchers’ mistakes, right? icon smile Photoshop Disasters: Karlie Kloss Is A Topless Monster With Three Armpits  Omaha Image Productions

Original article by  at www.thegloss.com/2012/11/21/fashion/

Ever since Karlie Kloss turned eighteen, photographers have been eagerly, creepily interested in shooting her naked. Steven Meisel was first out of the gate with an Italian Vogue cover shoot (though Mario Testino sure tried) and then Greg Kadel got Karlie’s clothes off for Numero. As an interesting sidenote, both nude spreads led to Photoshop controversies related to Kloss’ extreme thinness.

Anyway, we say all of this because, by now, we’ve seen Karlie Kloss naked enough times to know she doesn’t have three armpits…

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(((Please don’t look if you are offended by nudity)))

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REVIEW & PREVIEW: Digital Photo Retouching: Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photography

Posted by in Dose of Inspiration, For Fellow-Photographers, Photoshop, Published Work, Recent Projects, Retouching Books, Retouching Videos, Techniques, Tips & Tricks

 

I have just received a review on the “Digital Photo Retouching: Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photography” book from my fellow artist, industry expert and one of the top educators, the author of “The Art of Dodge & Burn” educational retouching DVD, Krunoslav Stifter, Croatia.

It is not easy to stay clear and objective when writing tutorials, let alone a book, so getting such wonderful feedback from a huge industry professional like Krunoslav is very gratifying!

Here’s what Krunoslav says about it:

I have to say my first good impression was surpassed by the second impression and more detailed look of your book. Really well done. Great attention to details, amazing visual presentation and layout. Your style is consistent thought the book and makes it a very pleasant read.

 

The book is filled with ton of useful tips on almost every page. And it’s not just the tips, there is also a workflow explanation for various common situations. From skin retouching to hair retouching.

 

The addition of interactivity by links to full retouching videos was a brilliant move. We live in the world of interactivity and video is the staple of that online lifestyle and including videos in the traditional book approach really works incredibly well and particularly since it’s so well done. 

 

For a book that is 95 pages long with images there is surprisingly a lot of information. And there is the contribution of the entire team of creative professionals who contributed to the books content. It can be felt thorough the book.

 

It’s all pointing in the same direction though, how to get the most out of your photography and be effective in postproduction. There are quite a few examples of images and lighting setups. Most of it is covered in details and with valuable real-world tips. I think it is valuable to photographers as it is to retouchers. 

 

 As a bonus there are actions and brushes included with accompanying videos and text explanations. There is also section about self-promotion and copyright and some personal tips from various fashion, portrait and glamour photographer’s and they are surely welcomed.

 

There are so many beautiful images in the book that it’s really a treat to the eyes and I did not feel like it’s overpowering the text. Seems like a good mix of images, text and videos.

 

Included are also lots of additional resources supplied as links to various educational sites, artists to follow, modeling agencies. Inspiration is thought the book, in fact the book itself is very inspirational and not just technical information and I think that makes it a refreshing blend of the two. The effort put into the book is seen on every page and it’s a delight to keep turning pages. 

 

I would definitely recommend the book to anyone who is interested in expanding his or her knowledge on Beauty, Fashion & Portrait Photography as well as digital retouching. It’s not a be-all and end-all book, but there is no such thing anyway.

 

I would  recommend to include this book in your collection for you are bound to find something worth the investment. If you don’t find it in this book than you might consider you are in the wrong industry. 

 

The digital version of the book will be available for purchase on the 12th of March, 2013. The print version will be released a few days later.

Check out a sneak preview of the exclusive video tutorials from the book:

 

 

HIGHLIGHTS OF THE BOOK:

  • Pages 24-28: Cover Image Illustrated Text Workshop
  • Pages 36-37: Retouching Face + Video (13 min)
  • Page 44: Cover Image Video Retouching Workshop (42min)
  • Pages 50-51: Photographing & Retouching Hair + Video (10 min)
  • Tons of Images & Real World Photography & Retouching Tips
  • Articles on Shooting on Location, in Studio, Working with Models
  • Custom Beauty Brushes & Actions (see Digital Goodie Bag subfolder) (only in digital book)
  • Pages 58-59: Working with the custom Brushes & Actions mentioned above + Video (30 min) (only in digital book)
  • The video tutorials in this book are private Youtube videos exclusively accessible to the readers of this book
  • There’s also a download option to store the exclusive video tutorials and workshop on your computer and watch offline on page 9 (additional fee of $9.99 applies).
  • and a lot more!

 

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I would like to thank my dear friends and fellow aritsts for helping me make this book better with their invaluable feedback and reviews!

Krunoslav Stifter, professional Beauty retoucher & educator from Croatia

Tam Nguyen, web master, photographer and simply genius guy from New York City, NY

Alvaro Torrico, a fellow photographer and marketing expert from Sacramento, CA

Jake Edmondson, a dear friend and fellow photographer from Los Angeles,CA

Brian Ball, a fellow photographer from Sheffield, UK

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Día de los Muertos – The Making Of The Sugar Skull Image 2.0

Posted by in Dose of Inspiration, For Fellow-Photographers, Recent Projects

It’s been a while since I edited the first Sugar Skull artwork, and it ended up on the cover of the February issue of Artphotofeature magazine along with my interview inside. It’s also been picked up by an LA music producer for an upcoming hip-hop album (coming soon).

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I’ve been busy with work, writing/recording for retouching ebooks lately, and waiting for the next wave of inspiration to edit the other Día de los Muertos look that we shot on the same day. A digital artwork like this takes many hours to complete, so you better be really inspired, otherwise it may end up among a pile of the abandoned projects that will never be completed.

I started this new picture a few days ago, and it took me approximately 5-6 hours over the span of a few nights to finish. To show the outline of my workflow I recorded a time lapse video of the making of this picture as well, and you can check it out below.

Photographed with Canon 5D Mark II with Canon 24-70mm L f/2.8,
Shutter Speed 1/200, Aperture f/6.3, Focal Length 70 mm, ISO Speed 200

Adobe Photoshop CS4 Mac, Wacom Intuos5 Touch (med), iMac 27”,
I used my RadLab Recipes for the final color grading.

Completion: 5-6 hours

 

 

Models: Kortnye Hurst, Sarah Stepanek
Base Makeup & Hair: Mikala Jean Vandenbroucke 
Photo & Post-production: Julia Kuzmenko | Visual Artist

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The Amazing Radlab Plugin For Artistic Color Grading & My Free Recipes

Posted by in Dose of Inspiration, For Fellow-Photographers, Photoshop, Techniques, Tips & Tricks

 

A lot of fellow photographers who found out about RadLab from me have told me that they got ADDICTED to it. I myself seriously can’t thank the Totally Rad guys enough for their amazing plugin! It’s a very important part of my retouching now, and I LOVE IT!

I’ve made many posts about the plugin, my own recipes and even held a contest (and had a hard time selecting the winner), and the Radlab creators have just posted a new video on how to import and export Radlab recipes, so I wanted to bring all the useful info into one post for my new friends and readers, so that they could check it out too.

Here goes:

RADLAB is a Photoshop Plugin for artistic color application. This has totally been worth the investment (thanks for the suggestion, Tassos!). The guys at Totally Rad are genius and my color grading process has changed completely and forever ever since I got the RadLab Photoshop plug-in. I am IN LOVE with it, and will even make a video on how I use it in my own workflow.

I used to buy, download and create color Actions just like thousands of other photographers, but I could never avoid the frustration when using them. You first run an action and then see if you like how it looks on your current image or not. The same action may look good on one photo and crappy on another, and if I’m working on an editorial, this can be a bit of a problem.

And Radlab is light, easy and very convenient, has tons of default presets, gorgeous colors and camera effects to apply to your images. You can create your own Recipes, and use them on their own or combe with other Recipes. And the best part of it is that you don’t have to waste your time before you see the result to decide if you like it or not – you simply hover over the Recipes’ thumbnails and see how they affect your image in real time.

Check out the RadLab plugin demo and download my RadLab recipes here, they are FREE as well;

Watch this video to learn how to import and export Radlab recipes:

Importing and Exporting Recipes in RadLab from Totally Rad! on Vimeo.

 

And here are some of my photos treated with Radlab:

 

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