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Physical Retouching of Digital and Photographic Prints

Physical Retouching of Digital and Photographic Prints

Camberwell College of Arts
Taught by
Craig Horsfall


Physical Retouching of Digital and Photographic Prints is a 1 day course that will introduce you to suggested techniques for retouching photographic prints in response to printing flaws and minor mechanical damage.

You will understand how to prepare the materials needed, and why different conservation techniques suit different print types.

You will practice the use of isolating layers and the application of retouching media. You will also gain an understanding of how to select and source materials appropriate for retouching your photographs.

The course is primarily based around practical exercises.

Topics Covered

  • Preparing materials
  • Isolating layers
  • Retouching media
  • Selecting and sourcing materials
Course Outcomes
You will have gained knowledge and skills in retouching techniques influenced by art conservation practice.

Who Should Attend

This course is aimed at artists and others working with newly printed images.Level

Tutor Description

Craig Horsfall currently works with the MA Conservation course at Camberwell School of Art. He has several years’ experience as a paper conservator, and holds accredited status with the Institute of Conservation (ICON). While working with the framing company John Jones he regularly worked with artists and galleries to retouch printing flaws on new works going to collectors or exhibition.


Please Bring the following items with you on the first day:

  • A notebook and pencil

  • Watercolour set (brushes will be provided)

  • Example prints (optional)

Please note that most materials needed for the short courses are available at the Camberwell College of Arts' Art Shop. Please contact the Art Shop directly for opening hours and availability.

Available dates