Craig Stocks Arts Fine Art Photography and Artwork Duplication Services in Peoria and Central Illinois


Portfolio of Craig's Photohop Artistry:

Roll your mouse over each photo to see the "before" image.


As a Photoshop artist, I'm continually amazed at the program's power to transform an image. I'm sure part of my fascination comes from my experience in the early days (also known as the Dark Ages of Photography, or simply the film era) when retouching was a much more complicated task. As a news photographer, we didn't do any retouching other than the occasional photo composite for advertising. The portrait studio where I worked in the mid-1970's had a full-time retoucher, but that was mostly to remove dust spots and minor blemishes. The real retouching was done right on the subjects face with makeup.

Some images fall into place quickly, other fight you at every turn. With the current level of Photoshop tools, it's pretty easy and fast to do a "fairly good" job. But, doing a really good job can take hours. To fully appreciate the results, you'd need to be able to see the images at their full size, such as printed 16 X 20 inches or larger. If you'd like to learn more about some of the techniques I use, visit my Craig Stocks Arts Tutorials page..

The examples here were all produced with some goal in mind. It may have been to bring out the colors I experienced in a sunrise, replace a background, add a modern high fashion look, or simply to participate in a six year old's fantasy of flight. I hope you enjoy the results.

You can also see a more detailed discussion showing how I approached retouching a beauty photo. It includes a comparison of high-end retouching versus basic retouching many portrait and wedding photographers use on a daily basis.


Replacing and extending the background of a still life

Surprise Lilly


Group photo composite from 5 individual frames

Two of the original images


Modifying a scoreboard to represent a different school

Senior portrait original image


Example from my green-screen photography tutorial

Green screen original image


Applying detailed burning an dodging to smooth a model's skin

Model before final smoothing


Extracting a subject from a background

Rocketman - laying on a white floor


Bringing out the colors in a landscape photo

Mono Lake original image

Bringing out the best in a landscape photo

Honeymoon Lake