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How do I take flattering photos of people with acne (scarring)?

Usually, people are aware that they have it, but don't want it to be so pronounced. If you can use Gimp, there is a plugin called Wavelet decompose. In this site there is some information on how to ...
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Why is a wacom better than mouse for retouching?

What kind of retouching are you doing ? only using the different buttons/sliders in Photoshop (or equivalent) or are you "drawing" stuff like masks, making hand-drawn selection, or actual painting ? ...
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How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?

I have used retouchers in China like these guys that charge $5/picture (and less for large quantities) and aren't bad for basic retouching. For more skilled retouchers $10/picture is common. For ...
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How did photographers touch up photographs before the invention of Adobe Photoshop?

A photographer’s skill to retouch film and spot a print was a make or break proposition. Photographers had lots of tricks up their sleeves and successful ones used all of them. The portrait ...
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How can I move around the image with a tool selected in Lightroom?

Try holding down the spacebar while the tool is selected
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How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?

As a professional photographer it takes me about 20-30 minutes per photo AT LEAST whether I'm editing a photos of inanimate objects or humans. It can take much longer if you're actually altering the ...
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How can I improve the colours of this old photo where flash heavily overexposed the subject?

The problem with this image isn't general overexposure. It's that a cheap on-camera flash was used, pointed directly at the subject. The camera's auto-exposure program did a fine job of exposing most ...
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How did photographers touch up photographs before the invention of Adobe Photoshop?

For removing spots there were fine brushes with paints designed to match the tones in black and white prints (I still have a set, 'cause I'm a geezer). For smoothing skin you could use airbrushing. ...
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How do I adjust overexposure in certain parts of the image only, using darktable?

Firstly, the "highlight reconstruction" module doesn't actually adjust the exposure of hilight areas itself, it only determines how to handle areas that are clipped in the RAW file when they're pulled ...
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image compositing to remove telephone wires?

If the background is sky, or is lighter than the wires, then stack your multiple images, align them and then for each wire you want to remove: with the image with the wire below and image without the ...
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Why is a wacom better than mouse for retouching?

Two words... Pressure Sensitivity. A digitizer tablet allows you to control parameters of brushes based on how hard you press down. This is a huge advantage that a mouse can't replicate in terms of ...
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Rights of a retouched work

Copyright has "nothing" to do with the watermark. At least not in this case. You do not have the right to commercialize the images for example. In this case, the watermark can simply be marked as "...
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Rights of a retouched work

All such rules vary by venue, I am not a lawyer, and this is not legal advice but I offer a slightly different answer to the also correct one by @Rafael: You are asking about your "rights". You have ...
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Should I do retouching on Photoshop before color grading on Lightroom or vice versa?

I always do the color grading stuff before, because if done after retouching it can make the editing more visible. The edited parts are always a bit different from their surroundings and will react ...
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How can I remove these blotches on the skin?

Frequency Separation is the technique, you are looking for. With this, you separate the image into 2 layers. One containing more of the color information and one containing more of the texture and ...
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How do you compose the price for the end product if it needs more then usual amount of retouching?

Usually re-touching is an add-on. Say something like this: basic retouching, included in a standard shoot, includes face retouching and global corrections, such as skin-tone or overall smoothing (or ...
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Am I able to clean white background in Lightroom?

Lightroom can't do any background deletion (so that this area gets transparent). If pure white is sufficient, you have the following ways to achieve this: Push up the whites on the whole image Use an ...
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How do I work out what is fair to pay for photo editing?

shootdotedit are used by a lot of photographers, especially in the wedding arena, and their processing and pricing would be a useful model to judge against. http://shootdotedit.com/pricing-plans/
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Enhancing and Re-texturing with Photoshop

You cannot do this without very advanced image processing skills. In games, there are 3D models of objects which get "skinned" with a texture. This texture needs to be wrapped around the model just ...
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Skin tone starting point in Lightroom/ACR?

To ensure absolute accuracy, you can use a colour card to create an accurate profile for your specific camera and the lighting conditions for each shot. Tucked away at the bottom of the Lightroom ...
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How can I mitigate edge halo when darkening skies in post-processing?

The easiest way to do this is through single-image exposure blending. It works well for any image where the sky is clearly separated from the other elements of the picture. You can do it with one ...
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How to retouch an old color photo with mold and damaged red channel?

Not completely impossible, but would take a lot of meticulous, skilled brushwork with the tools such as, but not limited to, clone-stamp (s) key, healing and / or spot healing brushes (j) key to fix ...
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How do I get a dark shimmery bronze skin look for my glamour photography? (image provided)

Based on a previous answer: https://graphicdesign.stackexchange.com/questions/50918/things-to-consider-when-creating-realistic-highlights-and-dark-reflections-on-me Here are some experiments. They ...
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What is a better technique, compared to frequency separation?

It's not that high end retouchers don't use Frequency Separation but they do it far more sparingly than what you see in most entry level retouching tutorials. The pros really just do dodge and burn ...
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Darktable: How to edit level on each RGB channel?

The Color Balance module lets you adjust each of the RGB channels independently, though not with the same interface as Levels. You can also target any of the modules towards parts of your image by ...
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Bulk color-correct portrait backgrounds

In Lightroom: Adjust one photo the best you can. Play with white balance, tint. If you want, you may perform other adjustments that yo may want to apply to all the photos. I suggest sharpening, noise ...
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Why skin smoothing tool is painting the photo with white color

That appears to be a Photoshop glitch, based on your screenshot. You are painting on the mask, or at least you should be, since you have the layer mask selected. Photoshop, though, is painting ...
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Create apparel highlights with photoshop

A simple method is to shoot from exactly the same position with different lighting conditions so that the shadows appear at different positions. Then you align the images (even though you are shooting ...
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How to restore areas of background lost from flash overexposure?

The OP's own answer is: OK, it seems that the issue was Jpeg compression. I have been having lots of issues with Lightroom recently including losing settings and it had reverted to what I presume ...
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