2 Free FBI, CSI and CIA Software To Analyze Photoshopped Photos

Updated: January 1, 2017 / Home » Computer and Internet Security

FotoForensics uses an advanced algorithm to decode any possible photoshopped pictures and manipulation; it uses the Error Level Analysis (ELA) to identify areas within an image that are at different compression levels. With JPEG images, the entire picture should be at roughly the same error level. If a section of the image is at a significantly different error level, then it likely indicates a digital modification.

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Analyze Photoshopped Photos with FBI, CSI and CIA FotoForensics Software
An original digital photograph

Analyze Photoshopped Photos with FBI, CSI and CIA FotoForensics Software
Some books are duplicated to the right and left of the original book and a toy dinosaur was inserted into the photo.

Analyze Photoshopped Photos with FBI, CSI and CIA FotoForensics Software
The resaved image was digitally modified: books were copied and a toy dinosaur was added. ELA clearly shows the modified areas as having higher ELA values.

Alternatively, JPEGsnoop yet another great freeware. Since it runs on your computer, it doesn’t come with the 5MB file size limit of FotoForensics. It is more of a data analyzer than a image manipulator analyzer. JPEGsnoop is a detailed JPEG image decoder and analysis tool. It reports all image metadata and can even help identify if an image has been edited.

Another good example is a movie poster for some “end of the world” movie. As seen in the image below, the Statue of Liberty was photoshopped into the foreground and the storm was digitally enhanced in Adobe Photoshop.

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10 comments on “2 Free FBI, CSI and CIA Software To Analyze Photoshopped Photos

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    microsoft [ Reply ]

    Learn more about fotoforensics.com AND fotoforensics

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    Whitson Gordon [ Reply ]

    you can use error level analysis (ELA). its free, easy,

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    gameboy [ Reply ]

    Free online image forensic analysis at Fotoforensics

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    where to download FBI, CSI and CIA photo enhancing software? open source?

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    how to know If Photos Have Been Digitally Modified or edited with a photo editing software such as photoshop or gimp or etc? mac os?

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    Bradley Mitchell [ Reply ]

    guys, there is a simple digital photo forensic photography online tool / version, check them out:


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    Dr. Neal Krawetz [ Reply ]

    “FBI, CSI and CIA”? Really? I’m the guy who developed ELA and runs the FotoForensics web site. (And that’s my bookshelf in those pictures.) I’m not aware of anyone from the FBI, CSI, or CIA who use my web site. I did train some police officers on how to use the site, but none of them were CSI as far as I know. I think the same can be said for JPEGsnoop by Calvin Hass. (Calvin’s a really nice guy.)

    Outside of your alarmist headline, this is a nice article and I grant you permission to use my pictures for this review. (Next time, please ask first.)

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      Hi Dr.Neal, thanks for the amazing software. I simply love it, and use it often to see if any politician in my home country is faking any photos. I guess to us the common people, this is CIA FBI grade software. The best of the best.

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    bob melner [ Reply ]

    According to this software, this image located here is fake
    I find that very interesting.

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      Ngan Tengyuen [ Reply ]

      the moon is not far, a handful of nation have powerful telescope, this includes China, Russia, Germany, UK, France, Australia and more. If the USA faked the moon landing, don’t you think these countries know the truth? I wont be surprised if they have their telescope pointed at where the USA astronaut will be landing.

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