If you want to take your retouching to the next level, you’re in the right place.

There are a million resources out there for Photoshop tutorials, ‘down and dirty tricks’, filters and other quick fix tools for retouching. What you won’t find are the tried and tested industry standard techniques that professional Commercial Retouchers use.

Are you pretty good at Photoshop,

but need to learn techniques that the pros use?

This is the place for you.


Here’s the problem: you’re good with photoshop, you watched all the YoutTube tutorials, maybe even learned from someone who’s been working as a Retoucher, but can’t find a book or a class on real high end retouching.
Have you been thinking about applying to that big photo studio or post house, but are worried that the test they throw at you is going to be way over your head?
I understand, I started out that way too. I read everything I could, learned from every Retoucher who would show me something, and just faked it until I made it, hoping no one caught me out that I didn’t really know what I was doing. It’s that me who I write for today, the guy who would have killed for real, systematic, high end retouching techniques.

Are you already a skilled retoucher, been working in the field

for years but wondering how workflows might be changing,

or how other Retouchers do it?

This is the place for you too.


It’s easy to get stuck in a rut using the same old tools and techniques.  I’ve seen lots of talented, high end Retouchers using great techniques that worked for them. But they didn’t know that newer, more powerful workflows existed. It’s Retouchist.org’s mission to develop and share the most cutting edge retouching workflows and techniques.


There are better ways to retouch that will save time and make you more money.

It’s that simple.


If you don’t learn new techniques, you’ll never be able to grow beyond what you can currently offer your clients in terms of both quality and time. Just imagine if you could reduce the amount of time you spend on an image by a quarter, or even half just by learning a new set of techniques, and knowing exactly when and how to apply them. You’d be effectively increasing your rate by just that, and reclaiming wasted time. I’m all about getting results – in the highest quality product. I’m not talking about cutting corners here, I’m talking about working smarter and with more powerful tools. If this sounds good to you and you want begin incorporating new and better ways to work in your retouching process right now, sign up for my newsletter. I’ll send new retouching techniques and tools directly to your inbox.



About Sef McCullough

headShot02 For over 10 years I’ve been producing high end retouching for top global brands. My work has been featured on the world’s largest billboards, top publications, and most visited digital spaces. I have mentored Retouchers, designers, and photographers who wanted to break into the field of retouching. And they are making a pretty nice living. I collaborate with top Retouchers in the field to develop new workflows and techniques. One of my real passions is teaching others how to overcome and break down the ‘how the hell did they do that’ problems and make the whole process accessible. I’m all about opening up the black box and handing out the goods.

You can check out some of my work here:
 My clients include

Why ‘Retouchist’?

The term Retoucher has always held an implication of ‘operator’ for me, and in fact many Retouchers are operators, and happy to be. No problem. But I’m interested in an identity that recognizes the true value that professional Retouchers bring to the visual media landscape. Think of it as a nod to the fact that we’re Artists (not Arters). I believe that Retouchists deserve some elevated status, and it’s my mission to help spread that.

Here’s to no edges.