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.
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!
Well, to be honest I donīt think retouching is some kind of art so I think there is no point in making separate gallery for it on DeviantART. Donīt get me wrong - I have nothing against retouching (I do it myself alot), I just donīt think that itīs something creative. For me itīs more like some skill which you can learn and donīt need much talent to it but you do definitelly need lots of patience.
personally, I think having a gallery for manips (even though it may not be strictly speaking a manip) and the option to post to digital mixed media (combination of manip and painting would fit in most cases) or to misc (if nothing feels right) is more than enough - photography galleries are not meant to hold anything that wasn't photographed (or modeled for) by the artist so I agree that that is not an option. From experience though, I can say that creating more galleries doesn't make life easier as the digital mixed media addition a few years back has proven: as long as people don't know where to post (or that such a gallery exists) or feel uncomfortable posting to this or that gallery because it's still not 100% right, the miscat issues aren't going away, but are only being multiplied because the more refined the choices available are, the faster someone seems to feel their particular image fits nowhere. I think most retouches would fit rather well into digital mixed media, but no one seems to like posting there And honestly, if all someone has done in terms of retouching was to add lipstick and mascara, then maybe it should rather be chalked up as practice and not be put into a gallery at all, but be kept in scraps. I know what you do is way more than that (hence the mixed media fitting well), but I would rather not give anyone the impression that adding lipstick and mascara is enough to make a stock image into something they can call their own art...
I think there should be a gallery for Retouching. It's not really photomanipulation, as it is just one image, not a combination of several unlike photomanipulations in a traditional sense. And as a mere retoucher, I wouldn't feel comfortable posting under photography, since I'm not the photographer.