You may or may not know his name, but you have probably seen many of Pratik Naik’s retouched images in various magazines like Vogue, Marie Claire, Elle, Zink, and FHM. Pratik is arguably one of the best high-end retouchers in the industry today and has made a name for himself among professionals and the photographic community alike. Some of well-known photographers that he works with include Lara Jade, Joey L, and Bill Jones, to name a few.

Lara Jade Velvet Cover

Whether it is working with new techniques and old school techniques, Pratik is truly an expert in the art of retouching in Photoshop. He didn’t learned it all in one day, of course. In fact, Pratik started experimenting with Photoshop back when it was only Photoshop 5. Yes, Photoshop 5, not CS5!

Back then, communities and photography sites such as SLR Lounge were few in numbers and hardly any of them even focused on retouching. For Pratik, many of his highly regarded techniques are the result of over 10 years of experience and continual refinement. The difference with his work is his vision for his images and he is able to execute it using his experience and techniques.

In part 1 of our SLR Lounge interview, Pratik talks about how he first got started in the retouching business. Hope you enjoy!

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Retouching Classes

If you love Pratik’s work, you can actually learn his techniques for high-end retouching by visiting his workshop classes at

Image Samples of Pratik Naik’s Work

To see more of Pratik’s work, you can visit him at

You can also follow Pratik on his blog at

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