Photographic Retouching

At touch we have an experienced and friendly team of full time staff to look after your digital photographic needs. We work closely with each client to give you a personal service and high- quality finish. Our custom-designed 2000 sq ft premises in the heart of Shoreditch reflects our ambition to provide the very best environment for working on photographs digitally. We like to think of it as being a modern equivalent to the traditional darkroom: – where your creative desires for your photographic images can come into fruition. All workstations have multiple Eizo ColourEdge CG246 monitors regularly self-calibrated to exacting UGRA/FOGRA standards along with Just Normlicht D50 lit calibrated viewing walls for hard copy proofs. We run top specced 2014 Mac Pro systems with a leased 100Mb fibre optic line for handling huge file sizes efficiently.

Historically “retouching” of images has resulted in an overworked image; at touch we believe strongly that less is more! As you will see from our extensive portfolio of work, the majority of our clients desire a very natural finish and often the work we do is not even detectable in the final image. Client confidentiality is very important to us and achieving a natural hand printed look from RAW digital files is something we excel at.

We aim to be as flexible as possible so as to tailor our services to each clients needs. We can work from any manner of RAW digital files, or we can drum scan film or prints. When processing RAW files we look at optimizing exact detail, sharpness, resolution and tonal ranges – often processing in multiple ways at high bit depths to achieve the best starting point for Photoshop work. We are versed in all major RAW processing and Capture software, as well as working in wide gamut RGB, Lab and CMYK colour spaces. When it comes to producing your final files: they can be provided as GMG certified proofs printed on-site to a variety of custom or international ISO CMYK standards, including FOGRA 39L, SWOP and GRACol or as archival pigment prints on a large range of papers including Hahnemühle, Harman, Epson and Moab. Digital delivery of TIFF or PSD files can be via 16GB micro USB, DVD, direct fast download FTP or a combination of all of these.

We understand the need for constant professionalism and can provide urgent same day proofing, even to Paris or New York offices. Our team are available for pre-shoot advice and on-set preliminary retouching. Detailed and accurate pdf estimates and quotes will be provided based on your initial retouching briefs or layouts, once again pre-empting any possible issues and ensuring ease and clarity throughout our work together. We hold client archives of work safely using state of the art fast thunderbolt RAID systems, long term optical media, and secure 24hr 100Mb fibre FTP access to selected work. This allows us to quickly adapt and manage complicated or lengthly jobs with a fast turnaround and reliable service.

Over 15 years of experience within a wide range of imagery means that we are adept at dealing with projects large and small,  from advertising to editorial to a personal project… regardless, the outcome will be the same – a creative and professional high-end finish. We always welcome new enquires and are keen to meet photographers that may want to start a creative relationship.