from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- transitive v. To add new details or touches to for correction or improvement.
- transitive v. To improve or change (a photographic negative or print), as by adding details or removing flaws.
- transitive v. To color (recent growth of hair) to match hair that was tinted, dyed, or bleached at an earlier date.
- transitive v. Archaeology To modify (a flaked stone tool) by secondary flaking along the cutting edge.
- intransitive v. To give or make retouches.
- n. The act, process, or an instance of retouching.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- v. To improve something (especially a photograph), by adding or correcting details, or by removing flaws.
- v. To colour the roots of hair to match hair previously coloured.
- v. To modify a flint tool by making secondary flaking along the cutting edge.
- n. The act of retouching.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- transitive v. To touch again, or rework, in order to improve; to revise.
- transitive v. To correct or change, as a negative, by handwork.
- n. A partial reworking,as of a painting, a sculptor's clay model, or the like.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To touch or touch up again; improve by new touches; revise; specifically, in the fine arts, to improve, as a painting, by new touches; go over a second time, as a work of art, in order to restore or strengthen a faded part, make additions, or remove blemishes, for its general improvement.
- n. A repeated touch; an additional touch given in revision; specifically, in the fine arts, additional work done on that which might previonsly have been regarded as finished.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. give retouches to (hair)
- v. alter so as to produce a more desirable appearance
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And yet, the advertisers must have felt compelled otherwise to strongly "retouch"--airbrush is the industry term of the digital process of "photoshopping"--Roberts' and Turlington's photo shoots.
I admit I cheated--I had the most tremendous bags under my eyes this morning, which drove to me figure out how to use the "retouch" tool...
A big - no, a huge - draw was that Howell is a professional photographer who knows how to use lighting in flattering ways and discreetly "retouch" photos so that skin tones appear even and blemishes and other flaws disappear.
In-camera "retouch" menu is great, permits significant image adjustment without resorting to the computer
In-camera "retouch" menu is unique, permits significant image adjustment without resorting to the computer
A: When M·A·C approached me, I knew I wouldn't have time to make a new painting but I thought I could "retouch" the one I had just finished for the show.
I mean, I could use the "retouch" feature in Picasa but, that would be frame by frame for all 136k+ frames.
As fashion magazine editors, we retouch pictures, removing flaws and occasionally slimming down a silhouette.
But it's a foolish editor these days who overdoes the retouch and attracts the type of humiliating roasting that GQ magazine suffered at the hands of Kate Winslet over a 2003 cover shoot.
I agree to a certain extent; her voice sounds damaged and overly processed (almost robotic in some segments, I guess they had to really digitally retouch her voice input to make it passable), but it's still very very Whitney.