Altering a photographic print in some fashion. This can be done using paintbrushes or airbrushes in the case of traditional photography or various image editing tools in the case of digital photographs.
Retouching is done for many reasons. Flaws or scratches or other forms of damage in images can be removed. Unwanted creases, wrinkles, acne spots, lines and so on can be removed from the face and clothing of photographic subjects. Commercial products can be made to look prettier than they really are. CEOs more authoritative. Commissars or civil servants who have fallen out of favour with the authorities can be quietly removed. And so on.
Entry last updated 2002-04-03. Term 1035 of 1487.
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