Everybody knows that every magazine cover photo is retouched – right? It’s a never-ending quest to make the model perfectly pleasing to the eye – at least according to the editor or art director.
We may be aware of retouching, but that doesn’t mean we are immune to the subtle feeling of self-loathing that may result from seeing these images every day of our lives
Here is an eclectic collection of links that demonstrate the amazing art of retouch.
Email your friends, call your Mom, and tell your husband or wife. It’s time to stop thinking “I wish I looked like that”. It’s time to start saying “Gee that retouch job is a bit overdone” – and then getting on with a life that runs deeper than a piece of celebrity skin.
You’ll see stomachs flattened, skin blemishes removed, breasts made fuller, navels made ‘perfect’, limbs made skinny, and waistlines lose inches. Photoshop is an amazing tool, if you want see how to do-it-yourself – grab a retouching tutorial, and get into it. You’ll quickly learn that it’s not easy.
- Portfolio site
Retouchers portfolio site showing the epitome of the retouch. Watch those hips shrink before your eyes – or see this woman say goodbye to those wrinkles and pores.
- Vitaly Druchinin
A selection of digital divas.
- Digital Retouch
Drag the little slider from the left to right and watch the images change.
- NY Photographics
Shock! You mean a model had stretch marks?
- Touch of Glamour
Digital liposuction? (click the Slimming button and be amazed).
- Vintage Retouching
A comparison of old painted pin-ups and the photos that inspired them.
- Glenn Feron’s Portfolio site
A truly impressive portfolio of photoshop wizardry.
- Worth1000 Photoshop Contests
The opposite effect – this is de-touching gone crazy. Celebrities made fat. Celebrity photobombs. There’s some amazing work on this site.
- G!rlpower Sweden
And (finally) a body-positive demonstration site showing the ease of retouch.
So why all the retouching? Because we want it. Apparently.
Industry leaders say they cannot stop re-touching photographs, because if they do, people will stop buying their magazines. They say consumers simply are not interested in seeing every flaw that a person being photographed has. (source: VoA – Real Girls Are Beautiful)
In recent years there have been calls for more regulation surrounding retouching, or even a scale indicating the amount of alteration that has been done.
And what do the photographers say?
“People would be shocked to know what some of the models really look like. Sometimes a model walks in and I don’t even realize it is the model…”
What happens when retouchers mess up? You get Photoshop Disasters.