Too Much Retouching

Everything doesn’t have to be Photoshopped.  And by that I mean, pictures of people don’t have to be run through the digital retouching process all the time.  I don’t like the look of unnaturally perfect skin no matter what process is used.  But for some reason, some people can’t get enough of it.  You can buy software that “fixes” skin and reshapes the face with a couple of clicks.

People are constantly hitting me up to offer their retouching services, so that must be a thing.  And there are lots of people who talk about something called, “frequency separation” skin retouching techniques.  I’m interested in a lot of things Photoshop can do, but that isn’t one of them.  I’ll use Photoshop to do the occasional clean-up of big skin blemishes, acne, or stray hairs, but that’s about it.

Imperfect skin is beautiful because it looks REAL.  Real is accessible, believable, attainable.   Maybe use retouching if absolutely necessary instead of all the time.


Not retouched


This Post Has 2 Comments

  1. Great post, couldn’t agree more

  2. This predilection for “magazine cover” looks is, literally, so unreal. I agree with you Ed that save for the occasional pimple or stray hair, real is beautiful, and well, real.

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