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Pratik Naik

Staff Writer http://www.solsticeretouch.com +Pratik Naik@solsticeretouchFacebook
Hey everyone! My name is Pratik Naik and I am a high end retoucher and a personal retouching teacher (www.retouchingclasses.com).You may have seen my work in magazines like ELLE, Marie Claire, GQ, and Zink to name a few. I’ve been working with Photoshop for over 10 years now and love every aspect of the photography industry.Traveling is another passion of mine. My 1 on 1 retouching classes take me all over the world and I never get tired of it.Aside from my love of all things photography and Photoshop, I enjoy writing and blogging about some of the best content on the web. If you have any questions at all, feel free to connect with me via the social media links above in the title. I would love to hear from you!

Adobe Photoshop CC Has Already Been Pirated In Just One Day

With all the recent discussion about Adobe’s Creative Cloud model and the polarizing opinions surrounding it, one of the topics people have been mentioning is how it will stop the pirating of Photoshop and other Adobe products in the suite. Some felt that many people were just upset with the model because it could no longer be pirated by those who did not pay.  [more]

Professional Retoucher Natalia Taffarel Shows Us Her Techniques And Workflow

You are probably familiar with Natalia Taffarel as we’ve featured her in the past. In case you aren’t, you can check out her work here. What I love about Natalia is that not only is she a great retoucher but she’s also very open and giving. Ever since I’ve known her when she started, she’s always had a great attitude about sharing and helping others grow. This video really shows her character come through.  [more]

20 Of The Most Hilarious Glamour Shots You’ve Ever Seen

You do remember glamour shots, don’t you? I’m sure you wish you forgot. For old time’s sake, here are some glamour shots that really take the cake. They are some of the best (or worst, depending on who you ask) glamour shots we’ve seen. They’re down right hilarious.  [more]

‘Double-Exposures In Motion’ Is Nothing Short Of A Spectacular Video (NSFW)

We’re all familiar with double-exposure photography by now, often done by combining some sort of landscape or cityscape with the outline of a person to create a visually interesting effect. Now, it’s taken to the form of video. Granted it has been done before, this video by Breeder takes it to another level.  [more]

An In Depth Look Into The World Of Creative Retouching With Matt Schuenke

Although I am invested into the world of retouching, the world of creative retouching and composite work is another world. They create entirely new worlds seamlessly. We see them everyday in the form of advertisements from big companies for the most part. Check out a few videos of what goes into Matt’s work along with an in depth interview about the industry.  [more]

Explore These Hiddens Gems In Photoshop With This Video From Adobe MAX

Photoshop is such an elaborate program that it takes years to figure it all out. Then when you finally think you know everything, they add more features or you discover  features that you never knew were there this whole time. This video by Photoshop Product Manager Bryan O’Neil Hughes explores a variation of methods and techniques.  [more]

Cat Beards: The Latest Funny Photo Trend Involving Cats

Cell phones have given people the ability to take photos on the go. It’s given everyone a camera in their pocket. There are great implications for this such as the instant ability to record and share news worthy events. Sometimes, they open up for expanding creativity as well. Sometimes, it’s used for things like this.  [more]

Endearing Animal Portraits By 18 Year Old Photographer Jessica Trinh

I love animals and many of us do. They’re so expressive and it makes you wonder what they’re thinking of. You see the innocence in their eyes and you know it’s genuine. Let’s not forget to mention their ever ready playful demeanor. When you combine these vibrant attributes with photography, it sets up for some endearing work. Cue in animal photographer, Jessica Trinh.  [more]

Hitler Finds Out About The New Creative Cloud Model And Shares His Thoughts

The hot topic of the week around here has been the new Creative Cloud model from Adobe. We recently posted this video discussion about what some of us thought of it along with this article on why it may not be a good idea. There were great points made on both ends. However, like all popular things, humor follows shortly on the Internet.  [more]

The Old Way Of Photo Retouching From The 1940′s

Now and then, some people tell me that they had no idea retouching existed before Photoshop. It comes as a big surprise to them when they learn about the history of it. I don’t blame them, we’re so used to Photoshop these days that it’s hard to imagine what it would be like long before it, especially in the 1940′s.   [more]

What Do You Think About Opteka’s Recent Offer To Photographers?

You’ve probably heard of Opteka, the company that manufactures lenses, grips, and other photographic accessories and equipment. We found a recent offer on their Facebook page that we wanted to get your opinion on.  [more]

The Complete Guide To Photoshop Blending Modes

Photoshop blending modes are one of those areas in Photoshop that a very few people understand in full detail. Everyone has a general idea on how they work and what some of the modes do specifically. Much of it has always seemed to be understood through experimentation. The results you get are often guessed. If you’re the lucky few who know all of them precisely, you will still want to read this article.  [more]

These Light Paintings Called Refractographs Look Like CG Images Of The Universe

When I saw this series of photos from Rob Turney, I dismissed them as photographs because they looked computer generated. It turned out that I was completely wrong when I read the description of how they were made. They were beyond brilliant. What’s even better is the ‘how to’ video Rob pointed me toward. [more]

Before And After Images Of ‘Venus’ Retouched To Today’s Standards [NSFW]

Venus is the Roman goddess who encompassed the concept of beauty, love and various other traits. She embodies all that is beautiful about a woman. Now, if you took the classical definition of beauty and brought her over to our age today where everything is retouched to ‘perfection’, what would she look like ?  [more]

Get Most Of Photoshop’s Best Tools And Features Without Buying The Full Version Of Photoshop

I am always looking out for ways to help people in regards to the cost aspect of post processing. We currently have a few options out there, some of which includes free software such as Gimp or Paint. However, I recently stumbled upon another option.  [more]

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