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Chapter 4. Secrets of Retouching >  Retouching, the New Way

Retouching, the New Way

Today, virtually all the retouched images you see reproduced in advertising and magazines have been manipulated digitally. Indeed, Photoshop has become the tool of choice for virtually all retouching. The most common application for traditional retouching skills today is in the field of hand-coloring, using the venerable Marshall’s Photo Coloring System of pigments, photo oils, spot colors, retouch pencils, and other products. However, Photoshop is becoming a mainstay in that arena, too.

I’m going to show you some of the most common applications for retouching, and then take you through a typical project. Most images will require more than one type of retouching, so fixing several problems with a single photo is a more realistic way of demonstrating these techniques. Let’s look at the most common problems, first, before moving on to the solutions. I’ll use two different photos to give you a broader experience.


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