etouching comes in a couple of different forms. Most often it involves cleaning up imperfections found on an image. Spots, blemishes, scratches and other imperfections are painted over or otherwise removed.
The second form calls for a photo or illustration to be altered more dramatically. Here, the possibilities are endless. Anything from the removal of a background to the removal of a central figure could be needed. Even the compositing of different elements into one picture is commonplace. So much so that a top retouch artist's role can include photographic and illustrative montage. As is evidenced by any current magazine, with help of retouching, today's creative potential is limited only by the size of our imaginations.
Is it illustration or retouching?
The concept is a computer that listens closely to hear whatever its owner has to say. Photoshop allowed me to distort, composit, paint and refinish three different photographs to achieve this illustration. Or should I say, "retouched and assembled photo montage"?