Styles of Retouching in Photoshop
I like to think of retouching techniques as falling into three different styles or categories: reality retouching, plastic surgery, and fantasy. Reality retouching is the kind of retouching you do when the client doesn't want anyone to know that you have altered the image. I find this style of retouching the most challenging, because there is an art to having your work go completely unnoticed, and it's the style of retouching this article focuses on.
I want to preface this article with a disclaimer. All the women shown in the images that accompany this article are perfect before I touch a pixel. They are smart, charismatic, and incredibly beautiful inside and out. These gorgeous women are human, however, and that is no longer acceptable in today's beauty and fashion world. I am asked to make them superhuman, perfect beyond reality. On the upside, I do love to make beautiful women into super-beautiful women, and that's important because retouching is often the meat and potatoes of the jobs I do.