Photograph Retoucher

Retouch photographic negatives and prints.
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Quick Stats

Salary Range
$17,000 – $37,000

Data from U.S. Department of Labor

What do Photograph Retouchers do?

Retouches photographic negatives and prints to accentuate desirable features of subject, using pencils or watercolors and brushes: Examines negative to determine which features should be accented or minimized. Paints negative with retouching medium so that retouching pencil will mark surface of negative. Shades negative with pencil to smooth facial contours, conceal stray hairs, wrinkles, or blemishes, and soften harsh highlights. Brushes watercolors on print to accentuate lights and shadows and produce clear and attractive features.

Should I be a Photograph Retoucher?

You should have a high school degree or higher and share these traits:
  • Ready for a Challenge: You jump into new projects with initiative and drive.
  • Reliable: You can always be counted on to do a good job.
  • Team Player: You're able to listen, communicate, and work with tons of different people.

  • Also known as: Digital Retoucher, Negative Retoucher, Photo Finisher, Photograph Enlarger, Photographic Retoucher See More

    How to become a Photograph Retoucher

    Photograph Retouchers generally graduate from high school and get on-the-job training. Think about earning a Certificate or Associate’s degree to increase your chances of finding a good job. Check out these schools offering Photograph Retoucher-related education!
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