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Part II:: Practical Retouching > Simple Retouching Techniques

Chapter 6. Simple Retouching Techniques

In one sense, retouching is making an image appear to be as you wish it looked, rather than how it really looks. If you’re working on a scenic masterpiece, you may want to make a scraggly tree vanish. In a portrait, the need may be to hide skin blemishes, or make dental braces less obvious. Perhaps some glare marred the surface of your otherwise-pristine sports car, or some bad shadows made your interior photographs unsuitable for showcasing in House Beautiful.

Or, your family pet looks mangy; there’s some dust and more than a few scratches on the only surviving print of your face-to-face handshake with Elvis after an early ‘70s concert. Worse, your great-great-grandfather’s portrait has faded terribly and your great-great-grandmother wants to know why his portrait no longer resides on the mantle. You need retouching, and you need it badly.


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