What is the difference between retouching and editing?

When it comes to retouching, retouching takes one of two forms – both of these methods tend to focus on different aspects of the image and require different skills to use. The former is the retouching process itself and may only be appropriate for those who own an image editing package, or have a few years of experience with various photo editing programs. The latter is what most would call an editing process which involves the process of turning a photo into a finished version. In many cases, editing methods will overlap. The two processes are often referred to by their most closely matched terms, such as blending, watermarking, sharpening, softening, et cetera.

As an example, you may be familiar with the term sharpening. In this example, to sharpen a photograph, you would take any image from your camera and apply a small amount of light to it which was to be amplified with your editing software. You would apply multiple passes to the image to ensure that all the image was sharp, with the process usually taking several hundred layers. A similar process would be the use of watermarks. To prevent water from adhering to the image surface, watermarks would be placed, which could be removed, smoothed or otherwise improved upon. For this and many other instances of retouching, a digital image editing tool would be utilized.

What is a retouching package?

A retouching package is a collection of image editing programs, the ability to add and move elements, effects and other visual modifications to a photo. A retouching package may include many different types of images, but more commonly, the packages would include Photoshop, Lightroom, Lightroom Pro, Adobe Premiere, After Effects, and others.

Some retouching packages come in their own packages, but, for the most part, retouching packages for photo editing services are made available by separate companies. In this example, you may be familiar with Adobe’s retouching service, with their products comprising products including Photoshop, Lightroom, Premiere Pro, After Effects (including After Effects Elements, Photoshop Elements, and their respective add-ons), After Effects Express, or Photoshop Elements.

A retouching package, such as the one utilized by Adobe.

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In what instances do retouching packages come in to use?

Retouching packages are often utilized during post-production. This is when image effects such as sharpening, noise reduction, and other