Friday, April 4, 2008

Photoshop Bloopers

We talk a lot about how retouching is widely used to make bodies look unnaturally slim and faces appear impossibly smooth. But did you know that Photoshop also has the power to remove a baby's legs? Photoshop Disasters is an addictive new blog that documents the most over-the-top ridiculous retouching jobs and points out exactly where the retoucher went wrong. We're hooked.

From our point of view, it's worth noting that the very existence of a Photoshop bloopers blog is evidence that there is a "right" (read: so no one really notices) way to retouch--that the illusion of perfection achieved is typically just believable enough so as to not look freakish. And that's the kind of retouching we're all absorbing on a daily basis. For every one of these slip-ups, there are thousands of other manipulated images that don't catch our attention. [Photoshop Disasters]

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