Job Description – Retoucher

Here’s Source’s job description for a  Retoucher role. As a recruitment agency, we are all about helping people find their perfect job. We do this by matching your skills, experience and passion for creativity with the needs of potential clients.  If you are interested in finding a  Retoucher job in London or want to hire one for your team, please contact our studio recruitment team.

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What is the role of a Retoucher?

A Retoucher specializes in taking an image and enhancing it or creating a whole new image from various images. Retouchers generally work in digital formats such as Photoshop and provide services for in-house agencies, advertising agencies, retouching houses and magazines. They are often used to edit or extend backgrounds, adjust colour tones and retouch skin textures and generally clean up an image.

Required work experience:

You generally need a few years of experience as a Retoucher to be able to hit the London freelance market but you may pick up your experience and build upon your retouching skills within another role such as Creative Artworker.


Once you reach a professional standard of high end retouching salaries can range from £40k up to around £70k

Types of company/agency common for this role:

Most advertising agencies will have a retouching department, where as some smaller agencies will have a dedicated person within the studio that looks after all retouching. There are also dedicated retouching houses that are often used when agencies do not have their own department.

How many people is a Retoucher likely to manage?

The highest number of people you would be likely to manage within a retouching department would be around 4-5.

Jobs that could lead to this role:

Often Retouchers stem from a Creative Artworking role where they end up doing more and more and more retouching to the point where they are looking after and overseeing all of the retouching for all projects that come through the studio.

Jobs that lead from this role:

Head of Retouching

Training / reading that will help you get this role:

Photoshop Restoration and Retouching (Voices That Matter) (Book) ( Blog of a professional Retoucher)


If you are interested in finding a Retoucher job in London or if you want to hire one for your team, please contact our studio recruitment team