We’re bombarded with manipulated images every day. It’s fair to say that you literally can’t believe your eyes when you look in a magazine and see beautiful sculpted bodies and blemish-free skin. The best photo manipulators can make anything look real. In some cases, the work is extremely subtle, which is an art in itself, while other examples showcase the weird and wonderful images that can be achieved by a skillful image manipulator.

Christophe Huet

French digital artist, Christophe Huet is truly a master of manipulation. His work is fascinating and his clients include Nike, Motorola and the Surfrider Foundation. If you go to his website, be prepared to spend quite a bit of time there.

Jill Greenberg

Jill Greenberg is a somewhat controversial photographer and digital artist. Her photographs have appeared on the cover of Time, Newsweek and her artwork has appeared in the New Yorker and Harpers. Her most widely recognised work is a series of photographs called "End Times from 2006" that featured close-ups of children’s faces in various states of distress.

In 2008, she manipulated photographs of John McCain for her website. The photographs were taken in such a way as to depict McCain in a sinister light and were generally received with a mixture of disgust and ire from photographers.

Retouching Deluxe

Retouching Deluxe is a German studio specializing in photo-retouching and image manipulation. The three-member team has an impressive list of clients, which include Reebok, Swatch, Deutsche Bank and AOL.

Clive Biley

London-based Clive Biley has been working in the retouching business since 1990. His work includes photo manipulation, 3D and CGI. Clients include Adidas, HSBC, Renault and More4 Television.

Jan Oliehoek

Jan Oliehoek, a Dutch digital artist, started his career in image manipulation as many photo manipulators have, by getting involved in contests on the Worth1000 website. His work is full of humour and surprises and frequently features animals in unusual scenarios.

C J Burton

C J Burton is a photographer and digital artist based in LA. Clients include Time magazine, Newsweek, Esquire and Subway.

Erik Johannson

Erik Johannson is a Swedish photographer and student. His work has become well recognised on the web in the past couple of years, thanks to the inventiveness and humour in his image manipulations.

Koen Demuynck

Koen Demuynck is a Belgian photographer and image manipulator.


Jennifer Farley is an Irish designer, and design illustrator. She has been teaching Photoshop, Illustrator and InDesign for close to seven years and still loves it. She writes for SitePoint, a large online media site. You can see her design portfolio and blog at Laughing Lion Design , view her photography work at JenniferFarley.info and follow her on Twitter.