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1. The Professional Retoucher’s Studio > 1.1. The Photo Retoucher’s Work Enviro...

The Photo Retoucher’s Work Environment

I’ll start this chapter by telling you how I set up my workspace and how I get comfortable at my workstation. Being comfortable is very important, especially when you retouch for long hours. I have had some 16-hour days in my career. That’s a lot of time on the mouse! And after nearly 20 years of retouching, I haven’t ever had any neck, back, or arm ailments, including carpal tunnel syndrome.

Setting Up Your Workstation

In general, you should set up your workstation for what feels right for you. Here are some tips that I would recommend for your workstation.

First, I like to have my monitor up a bit higher than most people would; I lower my chair to achieve this. I would rather be looking up slightly than looking down at a monitor. When looking down on a monitor, I tend to get a sore neck. This way, when I’m looking straight at the monitor, I am looking at the middle of the screen, and I believe this position shown Figure 1-1 has prevented me from getting a sore neck.


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