The Truth Behind Photoshop. {Video}

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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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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.

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anonymous 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.

anonymous Nov 29, 2013 3:14am

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

anonymous 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.

anonymous Oct 30, 2013 5:47pm

What I don't fully get is why none of the blame about "perpetuating a false beauty standard" is ever seemed to be given to the makeup artists. In this shoot the makeup artist did a significant amount of work before the photoshop artist did a thing. I'm not trying to argue whether or not these images have an effect on girls. I'm just curious why all the blame seems to go to the photoshop artists. You can do a image search for before and after makeup pics and see HUGE changes on women that never see any extra work done by a photoshop artists. I think if the blame game is gonna be played with this the blame could probably be dealt our a little more evenly to all those involved.

    anonymous Oct 30, 2013 10:33pm

    a make up artists doesn't extend legs lower buttocks chop off stomachs.
    Makeup has always been used as an enhancement but digital retouching to take blemishes away
    and even imperfections has been around…but when did we start to actually change size of eyes and
    cut body parts down while stretching legs to unnatural lengths? Now we're inventing new species of
    women that are made up.

    anonymous Nov 7, 2013 6:04am

    The difference between makeup and photoshop is that a girl has access to makeup and makeup lessons. Girls can't walk around airbrushed by photoshop no matter how much they wish they could.

anonymous Oct 30, 2013 3:29pm

It's not Photoshop that's bad, it's an amazing tool for artists and photographers! It's the users that take things to extremes!

anonymous Oct 30, 2013 1:37pm

Wow!! That is crazy!! I say disclaimers would be a great thing!