Before & After Photoshop.

Via on Jun 22, 2013

“A little perspective goes a long way…” via Imgur via my ol’friend M.

What’s sexy? Humor. Loving oneself. Not perfection? Not so much (but it sure does sell):

For more on Maitri just as we are, read the Buddha, on Aging Gracefully. Or, Katy Perry Photoshopped. Or, More Attractive without Make up?

Ah, photoshop. The digital equivalent of plastic surgery. Photos:

About Waylon Lewis

Waylon Lewis, founder of elephant magazine, now elephantjournal.com & host of Walk the Talk Show with Waylon Lewis, is a 1st generation American Buddhist “Dharma Brat." Voted #1 in U.S. on twitter for #green two years running, Changemaker & Eco Ambassador by Treehugger, Green Hero by Discovery’s Planet Green, Best (!) Shameless Self-Promoter at Westword's Web Awards, Prominent Buddhist by Shambhala Sun, & 100 Most Influential People in Health & Fitness 2011 by "Greatist", Waylon is a mediocre climber, lazy yogi, 365-day bicycle commuter & best friend to Redford (his rescue hound). His aim: to bring the good news re: "the mindful life" beyond the choir & to all those who didn't know they gave a care. elephantjournal.com | facebook.com/elephantjournal | twitter.com/elephantjournal | facebook.com/waylonhlewis | twitter.com/waylonlewis | Google+ For more: publisherelephantjournalcom

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8 Responses to “Before & After Photoshop.”

  1. elephantjournal says:

    Schmitz: Ok, the Taylor Lautner one made me laugh.

    Maureen J That's pretty interesting. I feel better about my under-eye bags now, lol.

    Colleen G Who looks at a beautiful woman and says OMG she has a bit of a shadow under her eyes or I see a HINT of a crease at the corner of her mouth we MUST get rid of that! I guess they need to make a living too. Job security…no one is perfect and looks 13 forever.

    Ruth Mendoza Increìble!!

  2. Bob says:

    I am a professional retoucher and though I specialize in still life, the beauty retouching goes on all day every day on screens right next to me. A lot of the above retouching is , and not very well done (Katie Couric, the 2nd Keira Knightly, George Clooney, 2nd Britney Spears). But what this series mostly shows is how lighting affects our perception. Really carefully done studio lighting can be really harsh on the skin and will also reveal that every single human on this planet has hands that are bluer than our faces. And that quite frankly no one wants to see this (1st Britney Spears for example). And also a lot of retouching is done to make really bad or haphazard or uncontrolled lighting resemble studio lighting (Megan Fox, Fergie, Jonathan Rhys Meyers).

    But it does seem to be a slippery slope…an art director logically wants the clothes to look like they fit the celeb or model in the first place, which of course they did not, so that gets fixed and then after that something else sticks out, and after that's fixed something else sticks out, and then an agent weighs in and the the celeb weighs in and then the magazine weighs in again.

    Believe me, there is nothing reotuchers would rather do than fix the lighting and clothing gaffes and leave the rest alone. That would be satisfying work.

  3. Jason Gan says:

    Some of these retouches go above and beyond. Changing a person's figure all together is just wrong. Removing eye bags alters reality to fiction. There is a fine line between artistic imagination and grooming/styling/retouching. Some borrow imaginative inspiration from Botticelli.

  4. Catherine says:

    And what about the Jennifer Lawrence photo? Good grief! They took someone with a perfectly lovely body and particularly beautifully muscled arms and made her look like a damn stick! Her arms look ridiculously skinny!

    • Amanda says:

      The photo that GQ use was actually the first photo (where she looks healthy). Not sure who photoshopped that one!

  5. Kortz says:

    Whoa! Taylor L looks so good before, why'd they photo shop that face?? :)

  6. Heather Grimes heather grimes says:

    This is crazy to see the before and afters juxtaposed in this way. Wowie.

  7. Joe Nameth says:

    Yeah. The Lawrence one is a amateur job. Look at the couch cushions near her arm. Where did these come from? If they aren't legit sources, this is fear mongering.

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