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A retoucher is responsible for touching up photographs in a way that brings out the best features of an image while reducing or eliminating any flaws or imperfections.

This is often done using digital software, which gives a retoucher the ability to quickly and effectively work with a digital photographs and images. The actual changes made to an image usually depend on the specific nature of that image, but in general, any flaws in the picture itself are removed and the subject of the image is usually made to look its best. It is often used in magazine and fashion layouts.

Photographic retouchers work primarily with digital photography. They use photograph editing software to enhance images by correcting resolution and composition, cropping images and adjusting tone, colour, saturation and brightness to enhance and improve photographs.

The retouching process can also consist of adding or removing objects from an image or inserting text. Photographic retouchers work with a presiding photographer.

When talking about photography, specifically post-processing and image editing, the term ‘retouching’ refers to any process used to alter an image physically, in the case of film or, digitally in the case of digital images to improve the appearance of an image. Retouching can be used to remove a variety image defects for example dust or dirt on a lens or image sensor or, as is widely seen in fashion publications the physical defects of a model’s skin. Modern digital retouching is carried out in photo editing software using numerous tools such as blurring brushes, colour replacement tools.

A Photo Retoucher usually needs a degree from an art school or a university that offers a degree in art or photography or graphic design. They are proficient with computer design and programs such as Adobe Photoshop.