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New Course – We joined Domestika!

MK Retouching joins Domestika

What is Domestika?

We’re excited to announce that we’ve joined Domestika, a leading provider of online courses and training programs in the creative field. 

Domestika has a wide range of courses that are perfect for anyone who wants to learn more about a specific topic. They have courses in illustration, craft, marketing & business, photography & video, design, 3D & animation, architecture & spaces, writing, web & app design, fashion, calligraphy & typography, music, and audio. Whether you’re looking to improve your skills in a specific area or just learn more about a topic that interests you, Domestika has the course for you. At Domestika, they care that you don’t stop learning and continue to develop your creative side.

This corresponds to our principles of constant further training to continue to grow and master new challenges. 

​By joining Domestika, you will have access to a wide range of courses and resources to help us stay ahead of the curve and keep our skills sharp.

Domestika is one of the most popular online marketplaces in the world, and we are excited to be working with them. We were very proud when they approached us with a request for cooperation. At Domestika, they work with top experts who share their knowledge in professionally produced online coursed. We believe our retouching expertise will be a valuable asset to their pool of content.

Why you should consider a/our Domestika course.

We give you five powerful reasons why you should consider a Domestika course:

  1. Domestika offers Ai-based translations throughout the whole platform. This means the translations will be accurate and error-free, making them perfect for learning in any of their eight languages (English, French, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, German, Polish, & Dutch). Not only the platform itself, but the subtitles are also available in these eight languages. This makes it easy for you to learn and understand the material, no matter what language you speak.
  2. You have lifelong access to your purchased courses, meaning you can start the purchase right away and come back at any time when you feel ready for the course or simply refresh your knowledge again.
  3. Connect with a global creative community and share knowledge and ideas: Their forum with FAQ and discussions with other students and the teacher is very powerful. You can not only learn from your teacher, but also from other students! You will also receive feedback on your final project from the teacher.
  4. Additional resources are available to support your learning process – additional presentations, articles, videos, discount codes, plugins, actions and more!
  5. Remember: Finding mentorships is a rare good, and it can be especially helpful when you’re starting in the creative industry (which we experienced on our own). Having a mentor who can guide you through the process can be incredibly helpful and save you a lot of time and trouble.

By joining Domestika, you will have access to our course and a wide range of courses and resources that will help us stay ahead of the curve and keep our skills sharp.

Why we joined Domestika!

We hope our new partnership will help us provide even more valuable content for our readers, and we look forward to seeing the results of our collaboration in the future. We truly believe that giving insights into our ways of working will build trust, and new possibilities for cooperations will grow from it. 

The course content – What is included in our course?

The course is called Professional Retouching for Product Photography in Photoshop” (GER: “Professionelle Produktfoto-Retusche in Photoshop“). It’s about creating a structured Photoshop file while digitally optimizing each element of a commercial product composition. It was produced in the German language, and Subtitles are available in eight additional languages.

The different lessons include topics like:

  • Positioning
  • Brand and image used as a guide for retouching
  • The choice of color profiles
  • Image preparation
  • A non-destructive workflow
  • Background and shadow creation
  • Optimizing set items
  • Optimizing products
  • Help layers
  • Preparing client data in an intelligent way
  • Smart export for web

The additional resources include:

  • Source of lighting effects
  • A special Retouching Toolkit discount
  • Practicing files and many more

This course content is unique! It’s not similar to anything else on the market at the moment—most of the workflow and strategies are developed by experience and experiments. 

What are the benefits of taking the course?

Besides enriching your skill set with new hidden gems, tricks, and industry standards, you can also showcase what you’ve learned. 

Exceptionally talented students have the chance to work together with MK Retouching. 

Where can I find the course?

You can access the course here.

You can also find the link on Mareike’s Instagram profile in her highlight (“Domestika Course”).

Here you can find the teacher’s profile.

Who is this course for?

Product photography professionals who do their own retouching, design professionals looking to broaden their knowledge of this process, and Photoshop enthusiasts or anyone curious about professional retouching for product photography.

What level of knowledge is required for taking the course?

Previous photo-editing experience is recommended for taking this course. You need to be familiar with the Photoshop interface, terms, and workspaces, as well as have a working knowledge of layers, paths, channels, and basic shortcuts.

The only materials needed are a computer with Adobe Photoshop installed. If you have a Creative Cloud subscription, it would be helpful, but by no means essential, to install Adobe Bridge. The same applies to a graphics tablet (using a mouse is fine, but might take you a little longer). Before starting, ensure your computer or laptop has enough RAM, disk space, and a good graphics card.

How long do the sessions last?

It very much depends on the depth of learning. You can either rush through it, pausing when the most exciting parts for you happen (~2.5hrs), or trying to understand every single step, being active in the forum, practicing, and thinking about how to implement it in your workflow (~12hrs+).

How much does it cost?

The price of the course depends on the time when you buy it. Take advantage of the important periods of the year with special discounts for specific courses, for example, during Summer Sale or on Black Friday. This way, you can get the most out of your learning experience!

If you’re interested in taking a new course but don’t want to pay the full price, Domestika has a special pre-sale offer and an early-bird discount. This means you can get discounts on courses before they are released to the public or very early on.

You can also profit from being a Domestika Plus member based on a subscription. You will receive one Token per month to choose a course based on your interests. Furthermore, you have access to 100+ open courses every year, 20% extra savings on courses and bundles, exclusive content and resources, and a certificate when you complete a course.

You can see the current price for our course at any time on the course page

Can I get a refund?

You can request a refund for your order as long as it is done within 14 days of the time of purchase or the course’s release. This period also applies to purchasing Domestika subscriptions and memberships from the date of their commencement. For their current conditions, please recheck their website here.

Should you have issues entering the course, with payment for the course, or any other technical problems with the Domestika platform, please review this page or contact Domestika directly at hola@domestika.org.

All in all, I had a great experience working with Domestika. Their support was quick and helpful, and I never had to wait too long for someone to respond to my questions.

Additional Insights: What was the experience like on set?

We were guided in a very structured manner from start to finish.

Of course, the success of each course is highly dependent on the teacher’s motivation and way of working. The majority must be implemented on one’s own responsibility when it comes to pre-production. We received a lot of creative freedom to create the course we wanted to create.

The course production itself was split into two parts. One was based on the screencast content. We had very professional equipment in hardware to guarantee clear audio results. A dedicated team regularly checked these video results to avoid audio and visual errors.

The other part was based on actual experience on set: recording the course trailer and intro, as well as being part of a photoshoot. It was very exciting to work with the Domestika team. They are very interested in feedback, optimizing processes, and producing good results. They are always on hand with problems and uncertainties and provide support wherever possible.

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Mareike Keicher

Mareike Keicher, founder of MK Retouching and senior retoucher with several years of experience in postproduction. From an early age, she always has had an eye for details and a talent for drawing. Later, she studied Informationdesign at the Media University of Stuttgart, focusing on digital painting, photography, and design. After her advertising agencies' experience, she really enjoyed the exchange with numerous retouchers & photographers.

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