Touch up Editing

Touch up editing (also called retouching) is when blemishes are cleaned up, mergers are removed, certain parts of the image morphed, etc.

Retouching  photos is not without controversy as many of the images of people you see on a magazine cover have hours of retouch work done on them.  So the person you see on the cover may not resemble the actual person as much as you may think.

However, retouching does have positive aspects.


Touching up – Possible Negative Effects

Touching up for Good


You will be doing some touch up on some photos.  You may choose to touch up portraits or not.  You can touch up other subjects.


Here is a research paper I wrote about the impact of Photoshopped images on women’s self image perception.

Dove Evolution – Image Manipulation Demonstration


Photographic Manipulation and It’s Impact on Women’s Self-Image


Cameron Russell TED Talk on the Modeling Industry’s Photographic Practices