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Old 05-06-2015, 10:20 AM
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Certified Retoucher

I have an idea for how a certification process might actually work for retouchers. But the question is: would anyone care?
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:34 AM
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Re: Certified Retoucher

I am sure the folks doing the certifying would care, there is most likely more money in granting certificates than actually doing retouching.

And just who certifies the certifiers?
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:12 PM
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Oh I'm sure there are scams like this out there.
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Old 05-06-2015, 12:24 PM
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I'm sure there are. But what if it wasn't? The hows and who certifies aside, if there were a reputable certification program available, would anyone want such a thing?
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Old 05-06-2015, 10:52 PM
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I think it all boils down to good taste and common sense! Can we certify this? I am afraid it is subjective!

If you really want to weed out the nonsense, I would recommend ACE -Adobe Certified Expert-, at least she or he demonstrates the knowledge of the various tools and settings of PS. Anyone that goes through the grilling process of ACE will never end up using Gaussian Blur to clean up skin
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Old 05-06-2015, 11:32 PM
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Re: Certified Retoucher

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I think it all boils down to good taste and common sense! Can we certify this? I am afraid it is subjective!
That's the "idea" I referred to in the OP.
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Old 05-07-2015, 07:50 AM
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Anyone that goes through the grilling process of ACE will never end up using Gaussian Blur to clean up skin
I know nothing about this ACE process. I've always suspected it creates geeks who know Adobe stuff in and out and can probably teach basic and intermediate courses in Photoshop, but, do they teach people how to retouch skin?
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:30 PM
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I know nothing about this ACE process. I've always suspected it creates geeks who know Adobe stuff in and out and can probably teach basic and intermediate courses in Photoshop, but, do they teach people how to retouch skin?
There is no teaching involved in the process, you are on your own, when you think you are ready, pay the fee (around $180, or it was back then) to attend the test. Available in many major cities.

I am not at liberty to discus questions, however, here is a sample of what might be there:

- Would you consider the color 197,190,194 as:
grey scale, within the boundaries of grey scale, none.

- What is the effect of the screen blend mode on the color 78, 120, 165 - In what way this color will change?
(options)

- What is the difference between Opacity and flow layer settings?
(options)

- What is the purpose of the Blend-If command?
blend if color match, blend if colors do not match, blend if lighter/darker.

This is from memory, the test has all to do with how knowledgeable the person is with the various tools and settings of PS, it has nothing to do with whether the person actually know how to use them. Yes, it might sound like nerdy, but, it is not, in the sense that we get tons of questions on this forum asking "How to do this", "how to create this tone", etc, etc If the person knows the tools, the majority of this questions will not be asked.
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Old 05-07-2015, 01:57 PM
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If you're getting paid, every one of those bills is your certificate. Also, there are college degrees out there. You are free to enroll.
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Old 05-07-2015, 02:44 PM
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Creative people are hired on the quality of their work. A certificate without a portfolio sounds meaningless. A certificate with a portfolio sounds pointless.
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