The Skylab Story

When academia met industry

Skylab was founded in 2018 by TJ Rak, a photographer with 
15 years of industry experience, and Alireza Shafaei, a machine learning PhD. Together they are building the picture perfect team to bring the future of portrait editing to the world, from Vancouver, Canada. 


TJ Rak

Founder & CEO

Alireza Shafaei

Co-Founder & CTO

Paul Lam

Chief Product Officer

Dave Fong

Chief Financial Officer

Olivia Barbieri

Customer Success Manager

Stan Sujitno

UX/UI Designer

Kevin Le

Software Developer

Brandon Liu

Software Developer

Mohammad Nourbakhsh

Machine Learning Engineer


Our commitment to R&D

At Skylab we are committed to advancing research in computational photography and computer vision. We have released the first large-scale, professionally retouched dataset of human faces to encourage further work by others. Explore this and our first academic publication to gain more insight into how Skylab is revolutionizing the world of photo editing.

Image by Fitore F


WACV 2021 – AutoRetouch: Automatic Professional Face Retouching

AutoRetouch: Automatic Professional Face Retouching (Oral Presentation)
Alireza Shafaei (skylabtech), James J. Little (UBC), Mark Schmidt (UBC)
Winter Conference on Applications of Computer Vision (WACV), 2021


Flickr-Faces-HQ-Retouching (FFHQR) Dataset

Flickr-Faces-HQ-Retouching (FFHQR) is a high-quality image dataset of retouched human faces for computer vision research.


It has been made available under Creative Commons BY-NC-SA 4.0 license by Skylab Technologies Inc.