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These Time-Lapses Show How Beauty Retouching is Done for High-End Campaigns



Want to see how the world’s biggest fashion and beauty magazines retouch their photos? Here’s a set of time-lapse videos that show many hours of retouching compressed into a matter of minutes.


Photographer Elizabeth Moss is the founder and head retoucher of Rare Digital Art, a high-end NYC-based retouching company that has worked with some of the most influential magazines and brands in the world, including Vogue, Elle, GQ, Vanity Fair, and more.

Moss has created three behind-the-scenes videos showing the retouch work that went into three photos her company worked on. This one shows 6 hours of retouching in 90 seconds:

This one shows 4 hours of retouching in 90 seconds:

And this one shows 90 minutes of retouching in 90 seconds:

“These videos are unique because none of the high end retouchers make these type of videos, so the quality of the other before and after retouching videos available online are pretty terrible and not at all representative of what is typically done on high fashion editorials and campaigns,” Moss tells PetaPixel.

“With all the talk about photoshop use or overuse, I thought it would be interesting for people to see how we actually add pores to skin (we do this in the 2nd and 3rd videos, sampled from the girl in the first video).”