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Should Deviantart have a gallery for Retouching? 

172 deviants said Absolutely!
55 deviants said No.
42 deviants said I'm ok with posting retouches under Miscellanous, for lack of a dedicated gallery
11 deviants said Other thoughts?! Comment please.

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korerhi May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I only skimmed the other answers, and saw some of similar thought. I think that while retouching can be an art in and of itself, it is more often than not part of the larger work of either portraits or photo-manipulation and see no need for it to be in it's own category.
From my perspective, retouching falls into a bit of an odd middle ground. Sometimes I have no problems putting retouched images into photography - and I think most people don't have a problem with it, if they're being honest. When retouching gets to the point of taking off pounds, reshaping the face, adding/removing make-up, etc., it becomes more questionable as far as photography, certainly doesn't meet what most people think of as photomanipulation, but also is significant enough not to just call scraps/miscellaneous. I think a retouching area of some sort is a good idea, particularly if it's set up so that the original image is also around.
Well I think it's kind of a photomanipulation, sure not a composed one like we do, but it's still is in the first definition of the word. Maybe the photomanipulation gallery could have some sort of sub gallery for retouching?
I have no idea. I don't like to see retouched photos in photomanipulation category, so I would submit retouched photos to photography or to digital mixed media, depending on the amount of retouching done.
CoreyByas May 30, 2011  Professional General Artist
I do it & it doesn't matter to me really...
Enkeli-Kristalli May 30, 2011
No i think it should just be under misc folder
la-chatte-noire May 30, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
That's only a job, not art. But since dA also allows crap manga, fanart, cell phone photos and worse things, I really don't know what to say.
crimsonvermillion May 30, 2011  Professional Digital Artist
I very much feel that they should have their own gallery.

I have seen some amazing and tremendous retouching and it is art.
Fasckira May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
For all the effort it takes to add a new section, why not?
WishmasterAlchemist May 30, 2011  Hobbyist Photographer
YES please THIS!

I totally agree with your opinion. If you retouch a stock photo, it shouldn't go into the Photomanipulation gallery, because dA considers manips to be a combination of at least two photographic elements. But submitting to Photography usually makes people think that you took the photo, even if you write in the description that you didn't (personal experience tells me that many people just don't read descriptions...) so a gallery for retouching/postprocessing would be great! :nod:
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