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October 30, 2013

The Truth Behind Photoshop. {Video}

By now, all of us have seen articles and videos showing how Photoshop and other image-enhancing software is used to manipulate images.

However, the short video clip below is one the best I have see showing to what extreme it can be used.

The video adds fuel to the growing debate over whether or not images should feature labels saying whether or not they have been Photoshopped.

Two years ago, a group of teenaged girls tried (unsuccessfully) to pressure Teen Vogue to stop using heavily-manipulated images urging that such images were unrealistic and hurt vulnerable girls’ self-esteem. Critics fired back that such images are fantasy and that the consumers of such images either already know that or should be aware that is the case.

Regardless of how you stand on the debate, it is worth saying (again) that sometimes what you see isn’t really what you get.

 

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Ed: Sara Crolick

 

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Luke Dec 20, 2013 6:24pm

What was the point in even using a model? They may as well have made a computer-generated drawing of a female model from scratch as there was no resemblance to the real person.

magazine ads design Nov 29, 2013 3:14am

Kimberly , good job! Thank you for sharing a nice video.

Steph Oct 31, 2013 6:35pm

I thought she looked great before photoshop slimmed and extended her features. She looked very artificial once it was done- like a doll more than a human being. Too bad we can't just leave what nature created alone and call it beautiful.

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Kimberly Lo

Kimberly Lo is a yoga instructor and freelance editor & writer based in Charlottesville, VA. In her spare time, she enjoys needlework, travel, and photography. Connect with her on Facebook.