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Before computers, photo manipulation was achieved by retouching with ink, paint, double-exposure, piecing photos or negatives together in the darkroom. We’ve come along way in a short amount of time and things are only going to get better. Thanks to image editing software, photographers are able to adjust colors, contrast, white balance, sharpness, restoration, brightness, vividness, and much more. Without boring you to death with all the incredible features available, let’s discuss creative retouching.

From commercial to personal projects, photography retouching is an art form. While some spectators might think it’s a walk in the park, it’s not as easy as it looks. Most celebrities actually hire their own digital artists to professionally retouch their images before they’re released to the public. While critics may argue that mainstream media promotes false visual and physical appearance, people should already realize that almost every single image you see is heavily edited.

The usual glamour and portrait type retouching techniques that simply soften, blur, or smudge the imperfections are something you should stay away from. Proper retouching techniques should be natural, clean and realistic. The overall goal, is for the viewer not to question what they’re perceiving. Today we’ve collected a few prominent retouching tutorials and photos. Enjoy!


  1. Super Fast and Easy Facial Retouching
  2. Professional Photo Retouching Bikini Model
  3. Change Hair Color
  4. Simple Facial Photo Retouching
  5. Professional Photographic Retouching
  6. How To Get Perfect Skin!
  7. Glamour Model
  8. Easy Digital Nose Job in Photoshop
  9. How to Digitally Paint Lip Gloss with a Tablet
  10. Remove Blemishes in Photoshop
  11. Eye Color Change
  12. Reducing 5 O’Clock Shadow And Beard Stubble In Photoshop
  13. Increase Breast Size
  14. Basic Retouch and Colorization
  15. Applying Realistic Tattoo
  16. Age Progression
  17. Whiten Teeth to Improve a Smile in Photoshop
  18. Intro to Advanced Skin Retouching


Retouching by ~curcabeata

Retouch 5

medusestock retouch 1

retouch 7 by ~Makargina

Retouch Rihanna by ~Sophies27

Staring Retouch

Retouch-Before and After 57

Before and After

Before and after by ~silverpaw98


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  1. I love the kitten. 😀

  2. This post should be retitled “Retouching: 10 examples of overdoing it”

  3. In all examples “before” was better.

  4. I agree. All of the before examples are way better.

  5. Not always the post production is used to “bettering” a photo. In some, the artist wants to create a certain expression or meaning, like this. or this
    In other photos, is necessary to create a proper context, like my work of Lara Croft (lol, is me ;)):

    That said, the thing that amazes me is the talent of these artists! the ability with the digital programs. Because is not easy as many people think. Regardless that the “before” picture is better, or not, of the “after”
    Compliments to all others

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