autoRetouch dot PSD

Alex Ciorapciu
3 min readMay 3, 2021


The image editing space has seen more innovation in the past year, than it has in the previous ten years. There are a number of reasons that have led up to this point, most notably cloud computing and AI. While competition to Photoshop is debatable, one thing is not: PSD. It’s simply the industry standard when it comes to image editing.

autoRetouch is a professional grade software service that helps post production teams around the world be more productive. It is used by large scale image service providers, photo studios and clipping path companies to pre-process images at scale. Here’s how they do it.

Create a workflow

Start by creating a creating a workflow on Simply drag and drop the AI components into the center frame and chain them up to a workflow. Mark the option for vector path creation in the (1) remove background and (2) skin retouch components and set the (3) export component file type to PSD. Now hit (4) run!

Workflow builder in autoRetouch. Images shows how to create a PSD workflow.
The workflow builder allows for custom settings.

Bulk, mass processing hundreds of images

Once a workflow is set up, you can process hundreds or even thousands of images with it. The website supports up to 100 JPG, PNG, TIFF images of up to 50MB each. If you need more, you can always connect to the autoRetouch API.

Batch processing of PSD in autoRetouch
Images can be processed one by one or in bulk, directly in the browser.

Alpha Mask in PSD

The remove background component will include an alpha layer mask on the original image. It can be further refined with brushes in Photoshop if needed.

autoRetouch supports alpha masks. Image shows alpha layer mask in Photoshop.
True alpha layer mask in Photoshop.

Vector, clipping paths in PSD

autoRetouch can output a complete, closed vector path around the object and around the skin. These paths can be used for clipping, cropping, aligning or, by creating a vector mask from the current path, for masking.
Bonus: autoRetouch can also output paths in other formats: JPG and TIFF.

autoRetouch outputs vector clipping paths. Image shows path pane in Photoshop.
Vector, clipping path output in PSD

Image Dimensions, DPI, Color Space

autoRetouch can work with images of any size. The maximal output size is a native 4096px by 4096px. The resolution of an image, the dpi setting, is either kept as it is(even 300 dpi) or can be custom set in the export component. The color space is kept as in the input image.

autoRetouch supports large images with large dpi setting. Image show settings in Photoshop.
autoRetouch can work with large image of up to 4096px, 300dpi and 50MB

XMP Metadata

autoRetouch will carry over XMP metadata from the input to the output image. Certain components, for example the color palette component, will also write additional custom meta data in XMP.

autoRetouch fully support XMP Meta Data. Image shows XMP data in Photoshop.
Full support for XMP meta data


autoRetouch is not yet another background removal tool. It is a powerful workflow engine for automated image editing, geared towards professionals. Nothing underscores this more than its feature support for PSD.



Alex Ciorapciu