We do all our retouching in-house. This enables us not only to be able to quickly assess any issues an image may have but we can do something about it on the spot. We want you to get the print you want and in many cases we will correct small defects and simple exposure or color issues at no charge for our full service customers. Our rule of thumb is anything less than 5 minutes we will do for free as a courtesy to help you get the print you want.
More substantial changes we will charge for and we have two rates;
General: $100 per hr.
This covers minor alterations such as removing dust and scratches or backgrounds etc. Color correction, issues with exposure tone or contrast and minor image repair.
Expert: $200 per hr.
This covers extensive expert-level changes such as compositing and montaging, creative work and major image repair.
We bill in 15 minute increments and always offer a quote before we start. The client will receive a printed proof of the final for approval and the file on completion of the work.
Please note: Any file that is not part of a print job that we are undertaking will be charged for at the Expert rate. Also we cannot edit files for any jobs the are 'Fast Track' if we do so they will automatically become 'Full Service' and wil be charged accordingly.
We use screens that can display 98% of the Adobe RGB 1998 color profile. This means we can see on screen the vast majority of the colors we will get in the print, there is no disconnect as there can be with lesser equipment. Therefore we can see on screen what the image will print like and we can deal with problems long before we need to make a hard proof. We also calibrate our screens and printers regularly enableing not only soft-proofing but hard-proofing of all our work. That way we ensure consistency and accuracy speeding up the process and giving better quality overall.
For ten years before founding Skink Ink Philip Riley was a professional retoucher and production artist in advertising and media companies around New York. Most notably he did lengthy retouching stints for Bergdorf Goodman, Peter Arnell and Victoria's Secret. This experience was essential to honing the skill set that he uses for today's clients. Philip also taught Photoshop and Illustrator on the continuing education departments 'Graphic Design Basic Core' and Advanced Illustrator courses at Parsons School of Art and Design. In addition he has also worked for The Wall Street Journal, Condé Nast Publications, Christian Dior Perfume and Martha Stewart Living to name a few.
While retouching may be carried out by any of our experienced team it will always be under the guidance of and to the standard of the senior retoucher.
“It’s not just that Philip knows what he’s doing; he cares about making each print as good as it can be. There were at least a few times when I said, ‘I think that one’s good enough’ , and he said, ‘I don’t...’ ”
— Paul Raphaelson, Photographer