Photo retouching and the art of Illusion. Photo manipulation through various retouching and image editing techniques is the art of making real the unreal, of seeing beyond the surface layer of reality to a world of imagination and wonder. Like illustration, photo retouching can illuminate its subject through a careful study of its underlying qualities. Subtly enhancing through tone, colour and composition brings these features into the foreground. Retouching Studio, serving Ballarat, Melbourne, and Victoria. Stephen Franklin Design can trace their retouching skills back to traditional darkroom techniques, masking images with rubylith, hand spotting negatives with opaque or burning in tone. The switch to digital photo retouching with the first release of Adobe Photoshop in the nineties, was therefore a natural progression to those image editing capabilities. Digital image manipulation must be handled with great attention to detail. Approaching physical enhancements and colour correction in a methodical way creates a visual balance. This is the way the illusion of reality is created. The viewer must be able to step into a world created through subtle visual augmentation or the overwhelming effect of vibrant colour changes. When presented with a challenging retouching project, attention to detail is just one facet of our skillset brought to bear at the Stephen Franklin Design Studio. The portfolio examples presented below will provide insight into the unwavering focus we can provide for your next visual creative brief.