Why Retouch Your Dog Photography in Adobe Photoshop? - dummies

Why Retouch Your Dog Photography in Adobe Photoshop?

By Kim Rodgers, Sarah Sypniewski

People tend to think you’re a little crazy when you tell them that the final step of your postprocessing workflow is retouching their dog: “What?! But Barley’s so perfect!” Perhaps from 10 feet away Barley is perfect, but when he’s super-sized on that brand-new computer screen of yours, you may notice some doggie imperfections!

Retouching a photo is the last step of the postprocessing journey. Retouching is all about homing in on tiny imperfections. Those 15 small flaws may seem inconsequential on their own, but combined, they compound and result in a less-than-perfect photo. You don’t have to retouch your images, but it’s a crucial step toward getting that perfect photo.

Retouching doesn’t have to be drastic. You actually shouldn’t even be able to tell that your photo has been altered at all when you look at it. If you look at both images, you may notice the retouching, but as a stand-alone final image, most people would just assume that Barley is as perfect as they always thought!


Retouching takes place in image-editing software such as Adobe Photoshop, Adobe Photoshop Elements (a more affordable, less feature-packed version), Corel PaintShop Photo, or any of the photo-editing programs made by specific camera manufacturers like Canon or Nikon.

Which software program you ultimately choose isn’t as important as knowing the types of common canine imperfections you should be on the lookout for. That way, if you purchase image-editing software, you know exactly what it should be capable of in order to fit your postprocessing needs.

Adobe Photoshop is by far the most popular image-editing software out there, although most (if not all) techniques translate to other programs as well. Certain tools may go by different names, but the concepts are all the same.