What is the difference between "Editing" and "Retouching"?
Retouching / Photo Editing Definition:
These two terms, photo editing and photo retouching are often mistakenly used interchangeably, but they refer to different processes.
The difference are as follows:
This involves adjustments like white balance, color, exposure, contrast and sharpening. If there is a minor skin blemish that is distracting, for instance, I will usually remove it.
Basic Photo Retouching
This process is more involved than simple editing, and therefore, can take longer amounts of time. In addition to the color and balancing depicted above, retouching includes softening and blending of the face and neck; blemish removal; teeth whitening; brightening and red eye removal; and hair taming around edges. The end result is a polished professional image that will be flawless, while still looking completely natural.
High End Photo Retouching
This goes beyond the initial scope of basic retouching and includes things like, swapping heads and body parts, complicated hair adjustments, removing unwanted objects, smoothing clothes, changing background color, changing clothing colors, changing the shape of face and body parts and color grading. High End Retouching Pricing starts at $50 per hour and time can vary depending on the size and scope of retouching wanted.