When I was first hired as a photo retoucher many years ago, I got the job not just because of my Photoshop skills but also because of my artistic training. An artistic background was very important to the stock photography company I was working for because as I retouched and especially composited or altered photos, I needed to make decisions based in reality. So for example, you see terrible mistakes on Photoshop Disasters where retouchers have pushed photos beyond reality. Legs or other miscellaneous body parts can be stretched beyond human possibility. Or photos can be combined in a way that, again, simply defies reality.
Because I am an artist by training, in addition to the photo retouching and manipulating I do, I also use Photoshop as an artistic medium. If you are curious how this might work, I’d like to share a video today that shows the process of creating a portrait in Photoshop. In this case, I used the Wacom Cintiq tablet, so I was actually drawing onto a screen directly with the tablet stylus. Enjoy!