Forensic Photoshop

a comprehensive imaging workflow for forensic professionals

Jim Hoerricks

A self confessed Photoshop fanatic since version 3 for Mac, Jim Hoerricks is an artist/designer/photographer and is a Forensic Video/Image Analyst for the Los Angeles Police Department's Scientific Investigation Division*. Jim specializes in blending techniques from the design world with the Forensic Workflow. Always an innovator, Jim established the LAPD's Forensic Video Lab in 2001, has been the lead analyst on many of the LAPD's high-profile cases, and helped set the standard by which video evidence is handled by the department. Jim has worked on loan to many local, state, and federal law enforcement agencies and has testified as an expert in Forensic Video Analysis in courtrooms throughout California.

In addition to his work in law enforcement (and being the author of Forensic Photoshop), Jim is the author of the Forensic Photoshop blog ( and a co-author of Best Practices for the Retrieval of Video Evidence from Digital CCTV Systems published by the Investigative Support & Forensics Subgroup of the Technical Support Working Group (TSWG). The TSWG is the US national forum that identifies, prioritizes, and coordinates interagency and international research and development requirements for combating terrorism.

As an CaPOST Certified Instructor, Jim has taught classes on Photoshop, Premiere Pro, and CCTV Evidence Retrieval for the National Association of Technical Investigators (NaTIA); Imaging Techniques for the Law Enforcement and Emergency Services Video Association (LEVA); Using Microsoft's PowerPoint to Present Video Evidence in Court for the Los Angeles City Attorney's Office; and has been a part time Photoshop Instructor in the Photography Department of the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, Ca.

Jim Hoerricks on the History Channel's Monster Quest

Jim in the news (in no particular order):

Read about Jim's work detecting forged video evidence submitted by the defense in People v. Abdullah: - LA Police Protective League - Alive Magazine

Read about Jim's work in the Summer 2007 edition
of the IBEW Journal.

Read the interview with Jim on the blog
by clicking here.

See the book featured on

Click here to see the Forensic Tutorials space on

See the feature on Forensic Photoshop in the Los Angeles City Employees Club Newspaper by clicking here. He was featured again. Click here to see the most recent edition.

Jim Hoerricks was quoted in "Picturing Auschwitz" by Alec Wilkinson, in the March 17, 2008 edition of the New Yorker.

Jim Hoerricks was featured on the critically acclaimed special
Nazi Scrapbooks from Hell on the National Geographic Channel.

Jim Hoerricks was featured on the History Channel's Monster Quest - Terror From the Sky.

Read the Government Video interview with Jim by clicking here.

The blog is plugged on Datalink | Information+Design.

Here's an interview on called
Catching Criminals with Photoshop?

An article on Photoshop's Automatic Corrections by Jim was featured in the Arkansas Identification News.

Read an interview with Jim on the Revealed Blog.

Read Jim's guest blog post at Adobe Blogs:
"Creative Suite 4 for Criminal Justice."

Read Jim's review of ClearID 2 from Ocean Systems at
Evidence Magazine. com (PDF).

Jim's quoted in the PictoScript March 2008 Newsletter.

Digital Anarchy reviews the Forensic Photoshop blog.

*The book, this web site, and the blog represent the work and opinions of the author and do not necessarily reflect the opinions or official positions of any of the author's employers and/or clients either past or present.

Jim Hoerricks - Author of Forensic Photoshop
Jim Hoerricks
Author, Image Analyst, and Instructor.