Istvan (Steve) Pinter is a creative retoucher, sure, but his training is in photography, he understands light, the subtleties of shadows, the importance of using reality. Real is always better than Photoshop. And when the final image looks like no retouching has taken place, like it was shot that way, however unbelievable, that is beautiful. That’s where Steve’s head is at. Beautiful, real, unbelievably believable.

After graduating from Langara College’s Photography Program, he spent 11 years with Graphex Advertising Production – Vancouver’s premier prepress and digital imaging company. Scanning and retouching film was where he started, well, proofing actually. CMYK and prepress, he’s got that figured out. Page assembly and typography, he can do that too. Retouching, that was the whole reason for getting into prepress, that’s where it was done. More recently retouching has found its way into the hands of the photographer and the studio artist. Steve enjoyed over four years with Rethink Communications working closely with Photographers and Art Directors on some of the most memorable advertising including BC Lions and Playland. Before starting Pinter Creative Studio he was partner and senior creative retoucher at Jack Griffin CPS Inc.

Over the past 26 years Steve has executed some of the most award-winning, photo-based print and online advertising in Canada, appearing at: the Marketing Awards, the Extras, the Lotus Awards, Cannes, One Show, D&AD, the Clios, in Graphis, Applied Arts, Communication Arts and Lürzer’s Archive, among others.

Pinter Creative Studio provides concept to delivery pre-production planning, on-set consultation and post-production creative retouching services to photographers, advertising agencies, design firms, and corporate clients.
For more information, please contact Istvan (Steve) Pinter at 604-568-8531 or