Trident is a visual effects and post production house with some exceptional work in their portfolio. We suggest you go and check them out.


Alter partners with creative minds to produce striking imagery for print, broadcast, and interactive media. Our approach goes beyond technical and creative. We have spent 15 years cultivating an atmosphere that promotes a collaborative approach to providing cutting edge solutions for our clients’ visual needs. Every Alter team member is passionate about their craft and is dedicated to delivering stunning imagery that goes well beyond our clients’ expectations.

In 1997, founders Jim Armetta, Bill Prena, and Jeff Legare set out to create a photo/retouching studio that provided creative visual solutions for print advertising. Alter has evolved ahead of the industry since then by offering high-end photography, post-production, and CGI solutions for print, interactive, and broadcast media under one roof. This evolution has allowed us to differentiate ourselves within our industry, deliver thousands of images, and build an ever-expanding roster of loyal clients.


*POST is a full service image creation studio specializing in visual effects for the advertising industry with a specialty in Still Life retouching. From creative retouching and color grading to motion graphics and CGI, we help our clients create every imaginable vision. John the owner of *POST has over 28 years experience in the digital imagery field. Working with photographers, advertising agencies, publication houses and large corporations within the commercial market, has allowed *POST to work on countless numbers of images and projects.  Read more ➝


“I like to work hard on fun stuff with good folks.” – Zach Vitale

selected clients/publications

3M / absolut / arnold / apple / baskin robbins / bloomingdales / california milk processor board/ capital one / century link / converse / dunnhumby / gatorade / goodby silverstein / google / herman miller / huntington bank / IBM / ideo / kiehl’s / keurig / liberty mutual / mass mutual / mcgarrybowen / miracle whip / new balance / nike/ progressive / samsung / sk-ii / timberland / vineyard vines

AARP / adweek / atlanta magazine / boston magazine / dwell / elle / ESPN / esquire / field & stream / forbes / fortune / golf digest / men’s fitness / men’s journal / men’s health / money / NY times / oprah / popular mechanics / popular science / runner’s world / spirit / variety / vogue / wired


With a solid foundation in photographic retouching, The Image Lab provides a bespoke service that is tailored to the individual needs of it’s clients. Whether working under the guidance of an advertising agency or directly with a photographer, The Image Lab seamlessly integrates it’s knowledge and experience to deliver a product that is both meticulously retouched and creatively resolved.


Sugar Digital makes its home in San Francisco, CA. Founded by lifelong photographer and longtime retoucher Adam Moore (formerly of FatCat Digital) in 2006, we specialize in just what you see in the movies in the “retouching” section of this site.

Our list of clients is long, consisting of both photographers and agencies. In addition to being a creative shop, we pride ourselves on our technical side. While our creative side keeps the art directors happy, our technical side keeps the print producers happy.

Together, those two serve to keep the art buyers happy which, in turn, keeps us in business. In addition to post-production digital services, we happily offer pre-production and concepting stage consultation services. Save yourself money and heartache by ensuring that your great ideas are going to translate to pixels on a computer the way you envision them in your mind’s eye.


Stephen earned his BFA from the Nova Scotia College of Art and Design in 1993 and his MFA from the University of Victoria in 1997.  He established Subtle Composites in 1999 and has been working as a freelance digital illustrator / retoucher / photoshop specialist/ pixel-pusher ever since.  Over the course of over fifteen years, Stephen has collaborated with numerous photographers, art directors and ad agencies, earning various awards and yadda yadda.

Cribbin prides himself on finding creative solutions to difficult problems, meeting the demands of every client, never having failed to meet a project’s deadline and occasionally setting a fractured bone.

He works late and sleeps later in Toronto, Canada.


With so many images trying to grab the attention of viewers, great retouching plays a major role in the success of your communication materials. Stage 3’s retouching artists are experienced at making an image its absolute best. We work with you to determine what’s needed from simple color and fit corrections to extensive visual effects. With our integrated creative resources, we can combine custom photography and CGI solutions to augment and speed the retouching process.

We recently retouched cracked debris and pipes, adjusted color, took new photos of ceiling trusses and used our CGI group to create rolling, bunched carpeting and drop an anchor in a crowded auditorium for a Navy campaign. When the client wanted to adjust the anchor shape and texture, we streamlined the process by sending it to our CGI experts to work their magic in record time.

So when you need more than you’re getting now or have that crazy project and are looking for a studio that can make you a star, Stage 3’s here to help.


Rocket Studio is a collection of artists, photographers, illustrators, cinematographers, CGI artists, creative retouchers, designers, concept artists, editors, motion graphic designers, character designers plus a couple of musicians and actors. After all, this is LA. It’s why creative and marketing folks love us. Their areas of expertise may be different, but the reasons they love working with us are the same.

We’re thorough. We totally sweat details like light, shadow, reflection and perspective. We help them do their best work on their most difficult projects. We’re easy to communicate with. We’re accessible. We stay on budget and we deliver on time. And most importantly, we make them look good.


Canadian born, Toronto educated Illustrator Mick Coulas hung up his airbrush in 1996 and began Photoshop and 3D modeling. He has executed many realistic composites with retouching for many editorial clients including The Wall Street Journal. Mick also composites and retouches images for advertising or promotion. Among his many talents, his humorous illustration and caricature has been seen in Maxim Magazine, Penthouse Magazine, and recognized by Communication Arts Magazine. Mick now lives and works in Florida.


Triggered in 2006 by graphic designer and CGI artist Michael Tompert, Raygun Studio has since grown to a collective of curious and like-minded artists, who have perfected the art of raytracing in these last ten years.

Raygun’s projects reflect Michael’s designer sensibilities—delivering a memorable and strong first read to stand out on a mobile phone, yet with depth and layers of complexity revealed when closing in on a 20-foot tradeshow display.

Creating one-of-a-kind iconic images and motion for some of the world’s most influential and interesting brands have repeatedly earned the studio a place in Luerzer’s ‘200 Best Digital Artists in the World’.

We welcome the opportunity to create something amazing with you and look forward to your call.


Ra Retouching is based in California, however, Ra’s clients are worldwide and span many different types of industries.

Ra (pronounced Rae) is not only a high-end photo retoucher; she also brings 15 years of modeling and acting experience to help unlock the hidden potential inside every photograph. Ra’s knowledge of modeling, make-up & hair, styling, and fashion, beauty, and commercial photography, enables her to select the strongest images, see what is aesthetically pleasing to the eye, understand correct composition and cropping, what looks natural and how to enhance an image, giving it a naturally polished look.

“I take pride in my work, customer service, fast turnaround time and my sincere desire to make my clients happy and successful.”