So, in my digital classes this week we did an intro to photoshop. I did mention that there was a tutorial available for advanced students, too. And in one of my labs, even the complete newbies rolled up their sleeves with glee and had a go at retouching with the clone tool. Rock on.
However…it does bring up a couple of really important warnings, too. Don’t be over-photoshopping fools. FIrst off, if you use good lighting, angles and other compositional elements, you don’t need that much photoshop. But beyond that soap box of mine (sorry), I mean don’t go hog wild with the retouching. It’s a huge issue out there. Even those considered the height of perfection, models, are highly photoshopped, and some times in really stupid ways. Here’s a photo of a model on a runway, and that same model that had been photoshopped to hell for Ralph Lauren ads. It was a huge scandal, and really does illustrate the issues of body image and unrealistic expectations we can have.
While this is a serious issue, many times it’s quite funny to look at. I admit, I snicker at missing fingers and disjointed legs. So I have multiple websites where you can see real gaffs that were printed for the whole world to see. Enjoy.