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Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

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Old 12-23-2009, 12:21 AM
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Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

What do you think guys would it be better then High End Retouching series 2.

Check this out : http://www.learnretouching.com/index.php

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Old 12-24-2009, 05:17 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

If Nick wants to create a little buzz around here (no reason he shouldn't) I think he should pass his product by a well respected member of this forum for review.
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Old 12-24-2009, 06:16 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

From the "proof" section of the website, it looks like the technique is a derivative of degrunge/high pass separation/frequency separation. Buy this DVD if you want to retouch like Maxim, but buy Natalia's if you want to retouch like Vogue.

Also, I'm not sure if this reflects the level of technique in the rest of the DVD, but video demonstrated manual masking a hue saturation adjustment layer onto the bra when the color selection tabs of the hue/sat layer or even a color range selection would be more efficient.

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Old 12-25-2009, 02:00 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

Hey guys,

Matt told me you were chatting over here, so I thought I would drop in and say hello. I'm also happy to answer any questions about the DVD while its still in the pre-order phase, because I realize it's hard to size it up properly when it's not yet available.

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If Nick wants to create a little buzz around here (no reason he shouldn't) I think he should pass his product by a well respected member of this forum for review.
I absolutely agree, Flashtones. If you'd be so kind (and this is open to anyone), please familiarize me with some of the most respected members/mods/admins on here, and I will arrange for them to receive an advance copy.

As a fellow photographer and retoucher myself, I understand the risks of glossy-looking websites that claim to do everything and often do nothing—I've been a victim of them myself. That's primarily why I've been beta-testing the series with no less than 10 photographers and retouchers, and I assure you I have no intention of blowing smoke up your asses.

And to respond to Mike's comment, I fully understand your point of view given the marketing direction I've chosen to take with Mastering Retouching. I certainly don't hide the fact that I've made my mark primarily as a glamour photographer. But I would encourage you to look at the fashion, portrait, and cinematic work on both my personal site and on Slickforce as well. I believe this system can be customized to fit your style and workflow...I am by no means trying to create an army of retouchers that make everything look like my own work.

The primary reason I created the DVD was that I've had an increasing number of both photographers and retouchers who are simply encountering retouching problems for which there is currently little-to-no professional-level information available. Let's face it, everyone's a model now (even if they define that by MySpace pics), so that means there is often a lot more imperfect baggage than a trained model would bring to the table. The look of what's popular is also changing. In my experience, nearly all retouching tutorials are demonstrated on blonde white girls. This seems odd to me, given that an increasing majority of both models and Hollywood starlets are non-white. There is no set of tools for working with different skin-tones or the unique retouching challenges that are associated with various ethnicities. Mastering Retouching teaches on models of white, black, Latina, Asian, and east Indian descent. As Hollywood changes, so must the image-makers.

My system is designed for artists who simply want their clients to always look fantastic (whatever that means to you), and who want to learn a set of protective tools that will arm you to deal with nearly any retouching situation. As a commercial photographer, my belief is that when photographers can learn to protect their clients (by insuring they always look their best), it is in the clients' best interest to stay with you, and success is then the only outcome.

I welcome and encourage your thoughts and responses. Thanks for the audience.
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Old 12-25-2009, 01:19 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

Wow, when I first entered the site I thought it was a porn site.

Are you serious?

But never mind, I didnt feel like reading it all cuz the colors gave me a head ache. It looks alright but totally not worth 500$ (WTF?).

Natalia's DVD looks alot more promising and in a reasonable price.

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Old 12-25-2009, 02:07 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

love your portfolio..u should do webinar as promo or something. Photo of Donna Feldman is just amazing.
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Old 12-25-2009, 02:27 PM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

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Wow, when I first entered the site I thought it was a porn site.

Are you serious?

But never mind, I didnt feel like reading it all cuz the colors gave me a head ache. It looks alright but totally not worth 500$ (WTF?).

Natalia's DVD looks alot more promising and in a reasonable price.
Second that. $500 is pretty overpriced tbh.
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:26 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

seems reasonable if you want to do porn dvd covers :-)
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Old 12-26-2009, 01:31 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

On the webpage I only see a list about what the topics are (a brief description is later written of each after you press the order button) and a short video with an example as to how to change the color of a bra.

I would definitely say its over priced. Since there isn't anything more to go by other than what I wrote at the top.

I would recommend the OP to search the tutorial area of the forum where he can find some tutorials that cater to some of the topics stated in that dvd series.
For example:
The degrunge technique http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=213

The soft dior look http://retouchpro.com/tutorials/?m=show&id=209

(be sure to log out of the forum if you have problems accessing the links)

You can even google and get stuff like this:
Cloning out stretch marks http://www.modelmayhem.com/po.php?thread_id=370440
Using the liquify tool http://www.republicofcode.com/tutori...eo/liquify.php

Ofcourse you'll have to invest more time in looking for all of this and most of the stuff isn't given to you in a silver platter, but as Godmother has said (in one way or another) "there are no retouching secrets"
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Old 12-26-2009, 05:02 AM
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Re: Mastering Retouching DVD by Nick Saglimbeni.

Ya I have to kind of agree with Cuervo,I dont usually comment on this type of stuff,but a little Pricey.But hey if you can get it great!
Theres so much info out there its incredible
Just my opinion
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