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  • Doug Nelson
    started a topic What's in your retouching toolbox?

    What's in your retouching toolbox?

    It's been awhile since I've surveyed the software landscape here, and all my previous attempts were use-agnostic. This time I want to concentrate just on photo retouching.

    So, what software do you regularly use for your photo retouching? I'm going to go out on a limb here and predict a lot use Photoshop, but even if that's the case I'm interested in plugins and other apps you call on.

    Do me a favor and also list version numbers and your general level of usage (hobby, occasional freelance retouching jobs, full-time retoucher, whatever else you think describes your usage). The type of retouching might also be useful. And we might as well throw in OS platform, and any other data you think is relevant.

  • robertsherry
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    Retouching Tools for Professionals
    Photoshop CC+
    For both Mac and PC

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  • robertsherry
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    Conny Wallstrom's Retouching Toolkit is a component stuffed arrangement of expert Photoshop instruments for retouches. The essential thought is twofold: redundant undertakings are being robotized, however more significantly, the toolbox sets a way for a right work process. It will increment both the quality and speed of your work as a retouches.

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  • StoryInPictures
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    Half a year later, using Retouching Toolkit quite a bit and preordered the next version. I have found it quite handy and because it is so easy to customize what it does, it's easy to make it do what I want. So for those things not tied to keyboard shortcuts, I use it more than expected.

    i have found 3DLUTCREATOR useful. Not for all images, but it is often a much quicker way to do some color manipulations than using the PS tools. On the color correction (what doesn't get done in C1) and color grading, I would say curves adjustment layers still do most of the heavy lifting. Selective Color, Hue/Saturation and Solid Color as needed. Only after these does 3DLC step in, but when I use it, it saves me time or makes it easier to get where I want to go.

    So it's still *mostly* PS and my actions...

    Ask me again in six months

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  • ftp-Jeff
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    I still use LIVE PICTURE for some tasks, It does stuff PS has never been able to replicate!

    Also use an old Wacom that supported the airbrush stylus..... As an airbrush artist, it is quite familiar, I can get amazing dagger strokes from it!

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  • StoryInPictures
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    I'm a photographer who does his own post-processing.

    I use PhotoMechanic to get images from card, organized, renamed, etc and then use it to select images and launch C1 or PS.

    Capture One for most RAW conversion. Silky Pix or Fuji proprietary or Camera RAW for images C1 doesn't support.

    Photoshop CC (usually a few updates behind) for editing. I use actions for various tasks.

    I used to use NIK, but haven't for the last few years, since I can now do the tasks in PS. I have a few plugins for luminosity masks and such but don't use them much. I just got retouching toolkit. We will see if I use it. The one plugin I still use on occasion is PPW.

    In general, I have learned from plug ins, more than I would have expected, but I find that I generally learn to do without them after my skills improve.

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  • Drazick
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    Anyone has ever tried this (Tutorial by Nino Batista on Skin Retouching):

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7r3Zvpdbw98

    What do you think?

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  • kilosele
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    I am new here. Trying to find my way around

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  • Sara86
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    Hi everyone!

    Photoshop
    C1
    Wacom Cintiq
    FilmConvert
    AI NY Pack
    Last edited by Sara86; 03-23-2017, 11:52 AM.

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  • german_raf
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    Hi all! I use:

    Wacom Intuos
    Photoshop
    Firegrade plugin (it's work with CIE Lch)

    and I'm beginner…

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  • 3bigmamas
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    I don't really use plugins, tho I love messing around with them, same as LR, C1 etc....

    What I use, depending the kind of images:

    Capture One
    Raw Photo Processor (for black & white images only)
    3DLutCreator
    Coolorus (Color Wheel in PS)

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  • pmort
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    Photoshop Elements, DxO Pro

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  • insmac
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    PS CC 2014
    CaptureOne Pro 8
    MBP Retina 15 + DELLU2713H at the moment, my older (better) screen is gone and grabbed this cheap. Pretty good value for the money I've got it (500 USD) but not consistent enought for color critical work. Also almost impossible to get one without factory defects - mine suffers from red and green blotches on the sides - a common problem with wide gamut LG panels in cheaper displays. It's not something I'd be very pissed with because it's visible only on white or very neutral gray background.

    I've said that before, but C1 Pro has a subscription model now, which is far more affordable for first time users.

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  • She Wolfe
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    Re: What's in your retouching toolbox?

    Hi, I'm a new member and still stumbling around the site. Not sure if this will post, but here goes. My toolbox consists of:
    CC 2014 (yeah, I caved to The Man)
    LR 5
    Topaz Labs
    Alien Skin Blow Up 3
    my own PS actions & brushes that whittle down work flow issues
    Intuos 5 wireless
    MacBook Pro running on all 8 cylinders

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  • fattali
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    HI for me I use PS CC and Nik Software, first photography was a hobby for me, now I am a freelance photographer

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