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- (transitive) To improve something (especially a photograph), by adding or correcting details, or by removing flaws.
- a. 1701, John Dryden, “Epistle the Fourteenth. To Sir Godfrey Kneller, Principal Painter to His Majesty.”, in The Miscellaneous Works of John Dryden, […], volume II, London: […] J[acob] and R[ichard] Tonson, […], published 1760, OCLC 863244003, page 201:
- For time ſhall with his ready pencil ſtand; / Retouch your figures with his ripening hand; / Mellow your colors, and imbrown the teint; / Add every grace, which time alone can grant; / To future ages ſhall your fame convey, / And give more beauties than he takes away.
- (transitive) To colour the roots of hair to match hair previously coloured.
- (archaeology) To modify a flint tool by making secondary flaking along the cutting edge.
to improve something, especially a photograph
retouch (plural retouches)
- The act of retouching.
act of retouching