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Sean Melnick is the founder of SEMDI with extensive experience in digital image manipulation. He specializes in High-End Photoshop Retouching for major agencies and Fortune 500 companies.  He enjoys working with creative teams who push his talents and collaborating with them to bring a concepts to fruition.


Sean graduated from School of Visual Arts in NYC and spent most of his career in NYC working with major agencies. In addition to practicing his craft, he trains and mentors others in the art of photo retouching and enhancement.   Sean is also published in Photoshop Restoration and Retouching, 1st and 2nd edition, by Katrin Eismann.

Sean has been recognized by top industry professionals and has received many accolades for his work.

He enjoys exploring Chicago with his young son, camping and music,  when he’s not riding his motorcycle.


"I had the pleasure of working with Sean on several large format projects. The assignments were retouching and digitally composing huge food items that were ultimately printed and installed on the walls of an office. The outcome was fabulous and delicious looking food that was created with the client's products and were seamless. No one could ever tell that the items were not photographed in that manner. Sean's attention to detail and speed were like nothing I have seen in 40 years. He is far more than a digital retoucher and his professionalism is beyond compare. HIRE HIM! You will not be disappointed!"


Ann Natalino

Production Manager, CSSI + Culinary

"Sean is always very professional and turns projects around quickly to help us meet our deadlines.  I would highly recommend him."


Jill Grabill

Director, Corporate Partnership Services at New York Mets

"Always a pleasure to work with and very knowledgeable in his field loving to take on any challenge that I threw his way."

Mike Moskowitz

Digital Department Manager, ARESU Digital Imaging

"Sean's understanding of technical retouching goes beyond the basic competencies, yielding clean, professional results that frequently exceed client expectations. Sean is truly at the top of his craft."

David A. Wagner; Lightroom Guy

Adobe Certified Lightroom Expert, Adobe Certified Lightroom Instructor

"Sean is a very talented retoucher who has a great eye for detail. He has expert photoshop skills and would be an asset to any organization."


Adam Gandolfo

Creative Specialist, Mirriad

"Sean is a seasoned and dedicated retouching professional. His work ethic and attention to detail is evident among all team members. In managing Sean for many years, I was never concerned about jobs not being finished on time and or within budget. They always were, period. I would recommend Sean to any company seeking some of the best talent in
the Advertising arena.

Eric Dyer

Director of Digital Imaging, Edge Digital Imaging



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