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Photo retouching is a serious
chapter of photoshop. Most of the beginner deals with filter as
if it is made for fun. This may be true only for the beginner. But
once you want to use the software for serious work, filters helps
you exclusively for minute detailing in photoretouching.
What is Photo Retouching? In simple words, photo retouching
is manipulation of the photograph according to the requirement using
photo retouching commands.This manipulation or the editing has a
wide range. The photograph maybe blurred, needs sharpening. It may
be too sharp needs little blurring. It may be dark needs lightening.
It may be light needs little darkening.
Besides, you need to change the intensity of the tones
of the image. Every image made up of three types of pixels. Shadows,
represents darkest pixels, midtones represents gray pixels and the
highlights represents lightest pixels in the image. You may need
to change the levels of the intensity of these images. You may get
old photograph where you want to remove dust and scratches. You
may want to color the black and white photograph.
And finally you may want to add special effects to
the image by applying filters. All this comes under Photo Retouching
and it is still more. Retouching an image is a matter of skill and
experience. User has to go slow. Wait to see the effects. Photoretouching
commands are very minute. Sometimes you may not see any dramatic
change in the image but the overall appearance of the image may
be changed. User must train himself to acknowledge the difference
after applying the minute retouching commands.