With the advancements in digital photography and the convenience of the internet, art directors are frequently turning to stock agencies to meet time and budget constraints. Stock photography can be a life-saver, but finding a shot that meets all the creative and communication criteria can also be a challenge. At other times working with a necessary but substandard photo might be the issue. 

Fortunately, the transformations that photography went through also brought us Photoshop. With it, a damaged photo can be restored, multiple photos can be composited into one that tells the full story, and the sins of an amateur photographer can be absolved.