You’ve asked for it and we’ve listened! Breed is expanding in so many great ways, it’s been amazing to watch the company grow and expand based on your requests. We now offer retouching services to our members. If you’ve been following me for a minute, you probably know that I have never learned how to retouch. There are several reasons for this but the biggest one is that I don’t want to spend hours at a computer retouching my work. Although I want to have control over the final image, I have chosen to opt out of learning Adobe Photoshop and assign my work to a retoucher I really trust. So far, it’s worked well for me. I have worked with a lot of retouchers and I have a large pool of resources to choose from so I thought I’d share some of my talented retouchers with my Breed members and offer their services to you!
PROFESSIONAL RETOUCHING: Here’s how it works: Send us your proposal and images to firstname.lastname@example.org We will review your images and what you’d like to have done to them and we will send you back a quote. (pricing ranges $50-100 per image) If you agree to our price, you will upload your raws and your payment and we will get the images back to you within a week. You get 1 revision at not cost from the first round. Any changes or fixes you need will be completed and sent back to you finished. If you need extra work on the images, we will charge a small revision fee.
We have several retouchers on the team. Our lead retoucher is one of my trusted retouchers, Richard Ray Ruiz, has been retouching my work for over 10 years. He has worked on campaigns like Nike and Elyse Walker, just to name a few. He also is our creative director at Breed Magazine & Alice Magazine! He’s a jack of all trades, master of Adobe Creative Suite.
PRIVATE RETOUCHING CLASSES: You’ve asked for it and we are now offering other great news is that Richard now offers private, one-on-one retouching workshops in NYC. You can meet with Richard and spend the day with him while he teaches you how to properly dodge and burn and a ton of other shortcuts to bring your skill set up to pro level. So if you still want to retouch your own work and not assign it to a pro, learn from the best. Email us to sign up for a private workshop.
GROUP RETOUCHING CLASSES: You’ve asked for it and we are now offering a retouching class on Sundays after every Saturday Portfolio Building Day class in NYC. Its a great way to spend the weekend shooting & retouching images for your portfolio. Check out the available 2017 & 2018 Retouching Class dates here.
RETOUCHING CLASS CURRICULUM
This course is a six-hour, intensive retouching class. We take you through all the
steps to learn how to retouch or enhance your skill set. The class is broken into a 3 hour morning session, 1 hour lunch break & 3 hour afternoon session.
– The importance of a calibrated monitor. Why having two monitors is
optimum, one calibrated and on stock calibrated is best. Why Richard works
on a smaller Wacom tablet. Understanding the different nibs on the market.
How to calibrate for the environment you are working in.
– Looking at all your raws together and opening them in Camera Raw at the
same time to get a sense of the story. You need to understand what you have
and what you want your end result to be.
-Looking at the histogram on each image to see if there is anything “off”.
Making corrections on images that look off on the histogram. Finding the
“perfectly exposed” image and matching other shots to that.
-How to unlock the background and crop it by changing the canvas on the
image. How to NOT destroy the image by just changing the canvas.
-Lessons on short cuts for Camera Raw.
-When developing your raws, it’s important to understand where these
images will be placed. You need to understand that if a magazine requires a
certain size, you need to crop it before you begin retouching.
-When to choose “auto” and when to choose “default” based on the individual
-Opening your images in Photoshop
-Analyzing the image. Looking at the skin, the contrast and color. Determining
how much work is involved and hot to approach it. Is the image going to need
body reshaping? How is the hair, is it going to be a lot of work? And most
importantly, if this is for a client, what does the client want?
-Understanding dpi and ppi.
-How to start with a new layer. Understanding layers and why they are
-How to dodge and burn
-Learning how to use the tool bar. Learning short cuts. Creating your own
unique short cuts. Richard will pass out a pamphlet with all the short cuts. He
will teach you how to program short cuts and export them to other versions
-Using the skin healing brush and how to use correctly. Learning how to use
the correct brush size and softness. What is the difference between using a
harder brush or a softer brush depending on how the image was shot.
– Start with the background and end with the skin! Richards unique approach
-Creating masks for hair and extra tips for difficult hair situations.
-Working on the clothing first before the skin.
-Learning how to use the liquefy tool without looking overly-retouched.
-Learning how to use color to enhance your final image. Richard will show
you how to use the curve tool for color and show you certain plug ins and PS
-Custom color: how to go in and dial it in yourself.
-Creating contrast and highlights.
THE FINAL IMAGE:
-Saving the file: the difference between RGB and CMYK. What does your client
want? What is a color profile and understanding different profiles depending
on the printers.
-Saving Tiffs, High Res and Low Res Jpegs. What are the different sizes used
– Exporting Files
– Smart File Storage.
Sign up now: Classes for 2017-2018 Email questions & requests for private retouching classes to email@example.com
If you have any questions, leave them in the comments below or reach out to us at firstname.lastname@example.org!