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Chapter 7

Image retouching

Photoshop has become so successful that its very name is synonymous with digital image retouching. Photoshop retouching tools such as the humble clone stamp have been around since the very early versions of the program and have been used and abused in equal measure. The new retouching tools that have been added since then mean that you can now transform images almost any way you want. As my colleague Jeff Schewe likes to say: “You know why Photoshop is so successful? Because reality sucks!” Well, that’s Jeff’s viewpoint, but then he does come from a background in advertising photography where heavy retouching is ...

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