Industry Insider Article in Issue 3 of Retouched Magazine

After a bit of a writing break I’m delighted to report that I seem to have fallen back into it. Keep an eye out for my article regarding the use of colour theory in advertising in Issue 3 of Retouched Magazine, where I explain relationships between hues, and why some classic palettes are used time and time again.

There’ll also be my top ten beauty and portrait retouching tips in a forthcoming issue of the UK’s fantastic Digital Photographer Magazine. Lots of of retouching tips!

I’ve been quite busy with a lot of very exciting projects recently, some of which I can’t wait to share, but I’m finding the time to write and teach good retouching practice again. Lots more to come, please follow my page over on Facebook to keep up to date.



Inverted High Pass (IHP) Retouching Tutorial


Using inverted high pass to smooth an area of skin (or anything including fabrics and seamless backdrops which we’ll also cover), is one of the most useful yet easy to overuse techniques in retouching.

It’s a fairly simple trick that smooths out a targeted radius in your image, allowing you to ‘blur out’ the shot while retaining a level of sharp texture that you control, then use masks to control the areas affected. [Read more…]

Google+ Retouching Community

Google+ Retouching Community
If you’re on Google+ and reading this blog, you’ll probably want to become a member of the Google+ Retouching Community!

There didn’t seem to be a great deal around in terms of commercial retouching news, articles and discussion, so for photographers and retouchers of all levels we now now have a home on Google+. Click here to view and join us.


“Save the Future” Climate Week T-Shirt 2012 for EJF

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The Vaccines


Hi all, last weekend I was asked to contribute to some of the shots for designer Katharine Hamnett’s Climate Week t-shirt for 2012, so I wanted to let you know a little bit about what’s happening with that. I’ve had little chance to blog much recently but it seemed a worthy cause to get behind and use my keyboard for something more useful than the shortcut keys I bore it with daily. [Read more…]

Dodge and Burn Tips

In the Dodge and Burn tutorial I covered the basics of D&B, using the curves and soft light methods, pixel level and carving. In this article I’ll cover a few extra tips that’ll help your eye make the right decisions and to avoid any unwanted colour shifts.

Enhancing the Problem (temporarily)

There are a couple of good ways to temporarily alter the image to show up the problem areas and help you dodge and burn what you otherwise might miss. The first is simple, add a Hue/Saturation adjustment layer and pull the saturation slider to -100. After all, we’re dealing solely with luminosity, colour can be an unwanted distraction. [Read more…]

Dodge and Burn Tutorial


Dodging and Burning is a method of lightening and darkening specific areas of an image, regulating local exposure to even out texture and contours. It digitally acheives (and with much more control) an old darkroom technique of witholding light (dodging) to keep an area light, or increasing the exposure to darken (burn) areas.
You’ll find the dodge and burn tools on the toolbar to the left of the default Photoshop setup, or by pressing ‘O‘.
The problem with using the standard tools is that they work destructively, they won’t operate on a blank layer so you’ll be making permanent changes to your working layer. This would be fine if none of us ever made an error or changed our minds, but to give us the option, we have a couple of methods available. [Read more…]

Daniel Meadows – High End Photo Retouching

Welcome to Daniel Meadows – High End Photo Retouching

Daniel Meadows is a British freelance retoucher with nine years of experience in digital retouching and has worked with award winning photographers and major fashion and cosmetics brands such as Chanel, L’Oreal Paris, Elle Magazine and Harper’s Bazaar. Daniel uses high end retouching techniques to achieve a subtle perfection without relying on common ‘blurring’ skin retouching methods which destroy pore-detail and clarity; strictly using non-destructive retouching techniques that look perfect at any resolution.


Please feel free to view the retouching portfolio section for examples of retouched images.


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DM Retouching Site Relaunch

Océane Moins


Welcome to the new and updated version of my retouching portfolio and blogging site. I hope you’ll forgive the mess as I work to bring the new site into 2011 with a new look and a new mission for quality new content for photographers and new retouchers. My thanks go to Ian Cylkowski for the rebranding and further help with design elements.

It’s been an interesting year since I focused D Meadows Design into a dedicated freelance retouching service and the response from everyone has been extraordinary. I’ve cleared a lot of dead wood from the blog pages and I’m ready to focus on providing more tips and advice for anyone pursuing photo perfection. It’s been a long year with 16-20 hour days not uncommon to establish the freshly rebranded Daniel Meadows – High End Photo Retouching but it’s been worth it, and my thanks go to my clients and friends on this site and the others I frequent and write for. [Read more…]

Top 5 Photoshop Retouching Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Welcome to my top five list of Photoshop Retouching Mistakes. Aimed at the beginner retoucher (if you’ve been around a while you know all this) I’ve compiled five retouching crimes I see frequently.

I’m not going to go into massive depth with step by step tutorials, as I don’t believe in them. My apologies for quickly glossing over techniques I don’t have the space to go into in depth here, if as a beginner you’ve never used luminosity masking for example, consult Adobe’s help file, then use your imagination to play with your new selections, using various fills and adjustment layers. If any technique is new to you, go straight to that help file and then experiment before looking at any top ten Google tutorials. The single worst way to learn how to retouch is by looking through the millions of tutorials search engines throw up, because they’re simply saturated with ‘quick-fix’ ten step promises of perfection in under ten minutes. The truth is, perfection isn’t that simple, and neither is good retouching. So if you decided to add something to your Photoshop skill set today, make it what you take from this article. [Read more…]