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Commercial Photo Retouching Examples

Commercial Photo Retouching Examples

Images are often the only part of advertisements that people really look at. Humans are visually oriented creatures. We use images to show others what we have done and what we want to do... what it would be like to walk in building not yet constructed, how to interact with products or find our businesses. Not ever photo comes from a professional photo shoot... and even those that do are often not exactly what was needed.

Kessler Piano

Elton John's Yamaha on display in their museum, a Yamaha child’s reed organ circa 1900 and a candid snapshot from a training class... interesting, but less than perfect photos can be turned into something special. Kessler Piano Service recently updated website.

Starman TV series Fan Conventions

The 1986 television series of the same name starred Robert Hays, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Erin Gray, Michael Cavanaugh, & Patrick Culliton. Information on the flm and series is in Entertainment.
Details on the collateral items in Design.

2014 Convention Collateral collages for T-Shirts, cake, name tags, and related materials.

2016 Convention Collateral collages for T-Shirts, cake, name tags, and related materials.

Ace Architects

The Dixie Jordan house replaced a modest 1920's era Spanish Colonial Revival cottage for the newspaper publisher after the 1991 Oakland Hills fire. The impressive photos of the newly completed house against the devastated hillside were badly off color and obscured by the temporary electric lines. The side-by-side above is a screen capture comparison during the retouch for architect David Weingarten at Ace Architects who included this image in one of his books. Other projects for this client can be found in the Illustration Portfolio.

Custom Process / California Department of Water Resources (DWP)


In another Hurst related work done years before at Custom Process, the photo of San Simeon was a test of my retouching abilities prior to a job being awarded. The task: add to the top of the photo and remove the jug in the foreground. Yes, we passed.

Custom Process / Anderson Cary Design

Often ill, it was easier to re-purpose photos of Jerry Garcia than to schedule a new photo shoot.
The piece was created for hang tags on his line of silk products (the tie and Whoppie's dress).
Later it was used for a tribute in People Magazine (below). Anderson Cary Design.

Custom Process / Village Resorts

In this piece, the salesman and his briefcase were not found to be helpful to the advertisement.
With todays tools I would have been able to turn the man's head toward his companion.

Custom Process / San Francisco Public Library

During the ceremonies for the Grand Reopening, the head librarian was trying to be in too many places at once and no one noticed that she missed the official group shot of with then Mayor Willie Brown. The photographer came back in a few days later and took a shot of her standing on the same balcony so I could add her into the shot. There was a bit of enhancement and stray visitors removed from the background.

Custom Process was a large Berkeley, CA commercial Kodak photo processing lab that featured a sizable digital department (see Resume), mounted and laminated large prints, provided Trade Show booth sections and large format traditional photographic prints. They were equipped to do very high resolution film scanning, digital to film output, Kodak processes like Photo CD and Portfolio CD and high quality color digital prints.

Other projects for this client can be found in the Portfolio under Illustration.

Carver + Schicketantz Architects

Another common request is showing a client what something will look like... its hard for most people to imagine what that sink would look like with matching cabinets and an integrated counter top.

More complex imaging can involve days of work just removing existing elements.

Redesign proposal for a stairwell railing in a Southern California beach house, 2009

1) existing turned wood Colonial railing. The railing was removed, along with reflections, complex cast shadows from windows and skylights. Areas behind the railing were patiently rebuilt.

2) mock-ups of polished aluminum, anodized aluminum and glass railings.

Other projects for this client, like the pool, can be found in Client Visualization in the Illustration Portfolio.

Bio-Rad Laboratories Diagnostics Division (ISO 9000 ) and Corporate Offices

International product catalogue cover composite from stock photos, product photos, DNA results, graphs, document scans and postscript line drawings.

More Bio-Rad projects in the Illustration Portfolio.

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