Photoshop has forever changed the way we view photography. Whether you consider retouched images false advertising, or beautifully manipulated photos a work of art, few could deny the impact that Photoshop has had on our culture.
Monica Chamorro (www.monicachamorro.com) is a high-end beauty retoucher who has worked for the likes of Vogue, Dior and Marie Claire. “For me, retouching people is all about enhancing their natural beauty and bringing the skin and colours as close to perfection as possible without looking fake,” she tells us. “It’s very important to do all of this in a non-destructive way, always making sure you can undo or modify anything you’ve done.”
“The Healing Brush is a great tool to remove blemishes, as it gives you more control with the texture,” she continues. “Curves and masks along with the Brush to dodge and burn are important, and the Clone Stamp is also good when working on tasks like filling in hair. When using the Brush or Clone Stamp, it’s important to adjust the Size and Hardness to match what you’re trying to replicate so that it blends in well. Liquify is also useful, but needs to be used in moderation. I would recommend always saving the Liquify mesh so that you can redo or modify it if needed.”
Freelance retoucher Katie Nattrass (www.katienattrass.com), meanwhile, suggests: “If you know where the final artwork will be getting sent, contact the printer and check what print profile they use. It’s worth your time to learn about colour profiling and ink density. I always create a simple document in InDesign and drop my final JPEGs in with the Ink Density panel open and set to 280% (300% is the usual ink density for all printers). This way I can make sure my blacks are not too dense.”