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Retouching Is Not About Blurring Or Airbrushing Skin

A professional Retoucher wants to show the world what retouching images is really about and we'll let you into a secret, there's no magic buttons.

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The retouching of images has gathered quite a bad reputation over the last few years with the skin of starlets and models looking so perfect, it almost looks plastic and the Liquify tool put into overdrive to make already perfect pins appear even more thin. However, one retoucher is trying to educate the world that really, when retouching is done correctly that you won't even know an image has been retouched. 

Pratik Naik, owner of Solstice Retouch, says: "It should be what a person looks like on their best day, realistic yet natural and full of visible skin texture."

To help people understand what the retouching business is really about, Pratik has put together a hair and skin retouching time-lapse that squeezes 8 hours of patient work into an 8-minute video. 

The healing, cloning and dodge & burn tools are all put to good use with a final bit of colour correction to complete the image in what Pratik describes as a 'non-destructive way'. Capture One Pro 8.2 and Adobe Photoshop CC are used in the subtle cleaning up of the model's skin and hair.

Here are the before & after images:


Pratik will be adding more retouching videos to his Youtube channel and you can also visit his website -

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parallax 11 204 United Kingdom
5 Jun 2015 9:56AM
As someone who has to retouch a lot of photos for a living I see a lot of terrible examples.

The techniques shown are very effective and fairly subtle. Unfortunately not everybody has 8 hours to devote to achieve this level of finish.

I would also recommend Phlearn's free frequency separation action on his website together with some of his other skin toning techniques.
jon gopsill 16 19 England
5 Jun 2015 1:45PM
8 hours??? Sorry, I've neither the time nor inclination to spend 8 hours per photo! I agree the end result is very nice but still looks artificially blemish free. Besides, as human beings we are not perfect physical specimens (well, most of you aren't anyway?) so what's wrong with being realistic? As a society, we have been complaining for years that we give a distorted view of "beauty" and I'm afraid things like this just exacerbate the situation.
bohdan 6 6 United Kingdom
12 Jun 2015 2:55PM
Fascinating indeed. A lot of work has gone into this, but with the fast play of the movie, does not help me to view it with my dyslexia. To fast for the brain to receive all that is happening within this movie. Without the tutorial techniques i do not think this is telling the audience anything, only that the person who is doing this is knows he work.
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