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The Photoshop Effect


Saturday, February 15, 2014


A lot has been written and said about body image. Here is a video that demonstrates with just regular women what the magazines do for the models in Photoshop to get them on the cover.

You can also find this video here:
youtu.be/zRlpIkH3b5I

I would like to have uploaded two videos, but this widget doesn't allow that. I found this second, somewhat longer video that demonstrates the same effect. In it, the photographer estimates that nearly every picture you see in a magazine is Photoshopped. When you see a picture of a Meg Ryan or a Nicole Kidman, it has been approved by their publicist and is almost certainly been doctored:
youtu.be/YP31r70_QNM

Lest you think Photoshopping is something new, consider this picture of General Grant from the Civil War:

It is a very famous photo known as “General Grant at City Point.” But detective work by the Library of Congress revealed that the horse and body belong to Major General Alexander McCook, and the head is taken from another, less majestic portrait of Grant, cropped from a picture that showed him standing in front of his tent like an ordinary soldier, leaning casually on a hunk of wood.

Even the place in the picture is not what it claims to be: Instead of City Point, the photo is actually set to the background of some Confederate prisoners captured at Fisher’s Hill.

In the 19th century the view was "It must be true, there's a picture!"

But we know better now in the 21st century. So why do we so often get suckered into believing pictures?
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STR458 2/16/2014 11:49AM

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CANDLES-73 2/16/2014 11:35AM

    Eye opening. emoticon

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GARDENCHRIS 2/16/2014 9:43AM

    think more women need to see these things...... none of what you see in a magazine is real. Thanks for posting.

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MSLZZY 2/16/2014 8:01AM

    Because we are suckers for all the pictures of perfect people and we all know better.

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POSITIVE41 2/16/2014 7:58AM

    You can't believe everything you hear and now see! Cool post!

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MARGARITTM 2/16/2014 6:42AM

    That is so interesting thanks

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CIPHER1971 2/16/2014 6:12AM

    Interesting to think that there has been photoshop nearly as long as there have been photos

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SUSAN-FIT-N-FAB 2/16/2014 3:03AM

    True beauty lies within.

Thanks for sharing this!

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AJB121299 2/15/2014 11:54PM

    nice

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WENDYW596 2/15/2014 11:00PM

    Very Interesting, thanks! Now I don't feel so bad....

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2BDYNAMIC 2/15/2014 9:57PM

    I wrote a min ago and it kicked me out so trying again. Watching the video (1st) actually brought tears to my eyes ....... We should not be living in such a phony world thinking we need to be flawless or 'perfect' to be special or beautiful .......... It saddens me to think we need to have a 'make-over' to be pretty and therefore accepted. sigh ............ emoticon for sharing and putting together a very nice blog.

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