Adobe is showing off a new sneak peek tech preview. This time, it’s a completely overhauled Content-Aware Fill interface that offers a great deal of control over the existing Content-Aware Fill feature. The old one is there if you want it, but the new one makes it a whole lot more powerful.
Most people wish they could look a few years younger when captured on camera. Especially these days, with 4K and 8K cameras that seem to catch every pore and detail. While retouching to “fix” this is common with stills photography, it’s much more tricky to achieve in video. But filmmaker Rousselos Aravantinos seems to have it cracked.
Using a combination of Nuke and Mocha Pro, Rousselos says he’s been playing with new techniques to achieve some digital age reduction. And his results are just incredible. And he’s not just been working on faces, either.
I’m a huge fan of very long and in-depth educational videos on YouTube. People keep going on about how “5-7 minutes is the ideal length!”. Well, no, not for me it isn’t. I love watching long videos. And this is a good one. Presented by retoucher Conny Wallstrom, this hour and a quarter long video teaches you everything you would ever need to know about how frequency separation works.
When I first started on my journey of learning my way around Photoshop I was a full-on Apple product fanboy, it just seemed like every creative was using an Apple machine and that I should do the same. Once I went full time I realised that I would build myself a PC that would be much more powerful for the price.
After my build was complete the first thing I did was install the Wacom drivers and Photoshop only to find that some things didn’t work quite as I had expected them to. There were major brush lag issues and the annoyance of Window Ink that would be a shock to anyone having just moved over to Windows from OSX.
Stefan Kohler of RAWexchange recently came to realize that his oldest .psd file is 15 years old. That’s a lot of retouching, isn’t it? This led him to contemplate everything he’s learned from all these years of retouching, and he came up with five essential tips that will help all of you who still don’t have much experience in this field.
While Stefan mainly retouches portraits and beauty photos, these tips are the essence of his 15-year experience. And no matter the type of photos you usually edit in Photoshop, you’ll find these tips useful.
Recently I got to interview, Dennis Dunbar. Dennis is a composite artist and retoucher who says ‘Ever since 1991 I’ve been adding the Photoshop Magic to movie posters and images for ad campaigns. And I love working on cool images whether they’re for the latest blockbuster movie or a shot of a beautiful model or a product shot for a new ad campaign.’
When the Content-Aware Fill tools were added to Photoshop a number of years back, they were hailed as being the best thing since Photoshop itself was created. Now, with a couple of clicks, you could get rid of the stuff you didn’t want in your image and Photoshop would magically replace it with what you wanted. The reality was that it didn’t always do what it said on the tin, leading to the nickname “Content-Aware Fail”.
It’s come a long way since then. It’s smarter than it was, and soon it may expand to include fill sources from Adobe’s vast stock library. Nvidia’s taking a slightly different approach, though, using deep learning AI to help fill in the gaps, and while the aesthetics are still fairly primitive, the AI seems to do a great job of recognising what’s what.
A graphics tablet is one of the most essential pieces of kit one can own as a photographer or retoucher. Sure, you can edit with a mouse, but a tablet makes life so much easier, and faster, and more accurate. While you’re often good with pretty much anything that has the Wacom name stamped on it, the really good ones have traditionally been rather expensive.
The Intuos is the low budget entry into the world of Wacom tablets, but they’re quite basic. And small. Now, though, with the new 2018 range of Intuos tablets, they’ve seen some pretty significant upgrades in size, sensitivity and capability.