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How Do I get better at photo editing or retouching.

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  • How Do I get better at photo editing or retouching.

    I want to became a professional photo editor. How do i make my production looks more flourished/realistic.

  • #2
    In very short hand, since it's an extremely broad question: Develop a solid understanding of lighting & perspective. Learn to apply that knowledge and practice.
    Design is not decoration.

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    • #3
      Learning how to ''see'' is critical.
      How objects relate, how they are scaled, how they are lit, and the techniques needed to accomplish that.

      Now, I'm not exactly sure what a professional photo editor is. It's not a well populated career track. With today's tools, most designers are some sort of photo editor, albeit some a lot better at it than others. What kind of work do you envision a professional photo editor doing?

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      • #4
        didn't really give it thought but you make a good point PD, can't say I've ever met a professional photo editor (as in "Photo Editor" or the like is their title) usually it's handled by the designer or the photog. I have heard some photog's outsource images to be adjusted, but only in a budget over quality scenario.
        Design is not decoration.

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        • #5
          I used to see ads here and there, a long time ago, for people to clear backgrounds on catalog item images (silhouette work.) Not so much any more. Not that I've looked. The local shoe companies used to place that ad a lot. I can't imagine doing that all day, every day. I'd go blind.

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          • kemingMatters
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            Every now and then I get a couple weeks worth of images to clean up and isolate. It's a nice change of pace but I wouldn't want to do it day in and day out all year round.

          • calebninja
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            Amen to that!

        • #6
          What everyone else said, and also keep learning Photoshop techniques and when to use one over the other.

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          • #7
            I've never hired a retoucher, I just do it myself when it arises. But I do know a local photo retoucher who is amazing and she makes a killing at what she does.

            The stuff I've done in the past is mostly fixing badly damaged photos, many over 100 years old. A little real estate stuff and also photos for beauty industry.

            My advice is to practice. Take some photos and start working on them so that they are to the standard you see in print.
            It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" Winnie the Pooh

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            • #8
              Thanks everyone for giving your idea. I try to learn photo shop & illustrator with some photos. I know its all about hardworking & perseverance. But one day i will be a professional designer.

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              • #9
                I recommend starting with Lightroom if you've never touched Photoshop as it may be a little less daunting.

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                • #10
                  Hi Statbd and welcome to GDF.

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                  • #11
                    I would recommend start your journey with reading good guide or article about photohop. And then try to work with some kind of tutorial (to repeat some steps).
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                    • #12
                      A photo editing is a very hard job, you need to work hard to learn photo editing. Various software is available in marketing that can help in editing an image. Meanwhile, you can use video tutorial to learn photo editing.

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                      • #13
                        You can study all the tutorials you want, but if you don't have a basic understanding of the fundamentals or perspective, lighting and scale, you aren't going to get very far. For anyone that wants to do what pretty much amounts to creating convincing photos, the best place to start is with learning how to draw. By hand. For that my go-to recommendation has always been the book, Drawing on the Right Side of the Brain. Start at lesson 1 and work your way through the whole thing without skipping any chapter, no matter how dumb you think it is. Then start practicing. If you find you are proficient at picking put the necessary ability of being able how to ''see,'' then it may be worth your while to progress to photoshop tutorials. Otherwise, and this may sound harsh, you are wasting your time.
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