Skills Criteria & Evaluation Process
Requirements: Photoshop ability and software. Other retouching programs may be used, but Photoshop is necessary for the level of retouching often needed for our services.
Once you’re ready to apply, you will be provided four (4) sample images to retouch via email and those will be evaluated by the NILMDTS DRA Application Committee. This Team consists of experienced Digital Retouch Artists who will score your application. An application must score at least 40 out of 80 points to be approved. We use a 0-20 scoring system (0 is lowest and 20 is highest in four different categories).
All DRA applications will be reviewed on the following criteria:
- Ability to repair skin flaws (torn skin, blistering)
- Ability to even out skin tone (bruising, discoloration – including uneven skin tones, dark lips and nails)
- Black & White or Sepia conversion skills (visually appealing with good contrast range with appropriate mid-tones)
- Demonstrated skill using filters and targeted adjustments (using multiple layers, layer blends, layer masks, color modes)
Basic Retouching Guidelines: If the baby has a medical reason for their appearance (such as an anomaly or birthmark) then do not correct it. However, do retouch anything that is a result of death: such as peeling skin, blistering, bruising, discoloration, redness, or shine. One good rule of thumb is that if the baby was born healthy, would the characteristic in question still be there in a month? If so, please leave it.
To see the scoring rubric, receive the sample images, and get more information, please fill out the form below.