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Old 11-09-2005, 12:21 PM
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[Definition] Retouch

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To alter an image, in accordance with the client's instructions, in such a way that the image produced shows no visible signs of being altered.
This is the present definition and may be improved upon. If you have any suggestions or comments please post them in this thread.

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Old 11-09-2005, 12:23 PM
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Well, here we go, diving in right at the deep end.

Here's my first shot:

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To remove imperfections from an image in digital form, while not altering the subject of the image.
Such imperfections may be present in the original subject or may be due to the photographic process.
The extent to which the imperfections are removed should be in attendance to the client's specifications.

- When alterations are applied to the original subject, beyond than removal of imperfections, other terms should be used.
- When the imperfections are due to damage inflicted to a photograhic print, or similar, the term restoration should be used.
Please shoot me down!

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Old 11-09-2005, 12:57 PM
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To touch again
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Old 11-09-2005, 01:11 PM
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I agree with Goose (kind of). IMO, anything done to an image after the shutter snaps is retouching (the shutter snapping was the first "touch"). For scans it would be after the scan is complete. For "from scratch" images (drawings, illustrations, etc.) it would be from whenever the artist decides that the image is "done".
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Old 11-09-2005, 01:56 PM
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From
Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary
http://www.m-w.com/cgi-bin/dictionary?va=retouches

1 : to rework in order to improve : TOUCH UP
2 : to alter (as a photographic negative) to produce a more desirable appearance
3 : to color (new growth of hair) to match previously dyed, tinted, or bleached hair


And From

http://www.plumdigital.com/0_technology/4retouch.html

The technical definition would be using any digital technique to alter photo elements. If there is a line between imaging and restoration, its a blurry one. The general consensus is that:
Removing damage and rebuilding missing elements is Restoration (non taxable)
Removing unwanted photo elements or cosmetic flaws is Retouching
Adding or combining elements to create a new photo is Imaging, Compositing or Illustration.

There are some picture samples at the link.

Ken
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Old 11-10-2005, 03:39 AM
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Wikipedia explains it all.....

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Retouching is a technique that can be used to manipulate photos. Nowadays, retouching lost a lot of popularity to photoshopping, which can be practised by anyone who owns a personal computer and a copy of Adobe Photoshop. Retouching requires more tools and more practise.
Easy, so we just say it's like photoshopping, but only better!

Ken, agreed - jut didn't understand the "non taxable" bit.

Anybody know where along the line "touch up" got rewritten as "retouch"?

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Old 11-10-2005, 07:41 AM
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Rô, your definition fairly accurately captures what I've always believed for retouch. In addition to covering removing imperfections, should it also include something along the lines of "enhancing features"? For example, subtly increasing reflected light in eyes may not really be removing an imperfection, yet considered by most to be retouching. Is it worth a distinction?

Technically I agree with Doug, in that doing anything could be retouching. For me, this doesn't match well with my mind's picture when I hear "retouch" - it's more extreme. This suggests that retouch is the grand umbrella for any post-shutter-closing action, with restoration, manipulation, etc. falling underneath. I've always considered retouch to be on an equal plane with these, with distinctive differences. Of course, I could be all alone on this...

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Old 11-10-2005, 09:45 AM
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Agreed that anywhere else "retouch" could easily be used as a general umbrella term for "post-shutter-closing alterations". The queston is should it be used as such here?

If yes, then the name of the site says everything. But once inside, the word becomes pretty well useless to us - because everything we do is retouching. Also we're going to need to find another word to describe small corrections and cosmetic adjustments.

If no, as many here seem to think, then we just have to come to a common understand as to what it means here inside RetouchPRO.

As to the "imperfection" wording, I was just trying to sum up a lot of different meanings I'd found (improve / more disirable.....). Maybe a bit clumsy, OK - I'll try and find something better.

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If yes, then the name of the site says everything.
If not, I'll need to rename the site, since "everything" is what I had in mind when I registered the domain. At least come up with a replacement term for me
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Old 11-10-2005, 11:47 AM
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Doug, you could just start up more of these great sites: RestorePro, ManipuPro, ArtPro....the "Pro Series"! Ok, juuust kidding.
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