Interior retouching is similar in principal to property retouching as in our previous blog post. The inside of buildings get retouched too! It is not just people that get retouched.
Like de-cluttering the outside of the property its the inside in this example that we need to correct. For this project, careful use of the central wooden panel would be the key to its completion. We were able to replicate and reconstruct the interior to the shelves and cupboards. The donor panel was stretched and then noise added and blurred to match the grain of the original photo. It was then tweaked using transform to comply with perspective and scaling of the patterns on the boards to ensure its looked real. Then it was extensively shaded with burn tools. The element that brought it all together was the meticulous use of realistic shading, blending an otherwise flat shape into a cupboard with depth shape and form. TV and grills were then added at the end.
As long as the final image remains true to the final design there is no reason to frown upon this kind of retouching. Accurate renditions of the cupboards show no signs of retouching and could easily be the empty wardrobes. For this project the cabinet designer did not get time to take photos of the units empty and had to visit the design again. He was only allowed to photograph it full. He was not allowed to touch the contents. It was my job to empty them! I am very pleased by the results.