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Do You Photoshop Yourself in Pictures?

I feel like I've been hearing more incidents of Photoshopping gone awry — model Filippa Hamilton's size 8 body was digitally retouched to the point of inhuman proportions, Demi Moore allegedly lost a hip, and Kelly Clarkson dropped a few dress sizes after her Self cover was retouched. The editor of Self defended the magazine's practices, saying that women want retouched images and heavier models don't sell magazines. Heck, even Kelly Clarkson didn't mind that they messed around with her image.

I asked a few friends if they've ever retouched photos of themselves and I was surprised to find out that many of them have. Some played around with making their skin look clearer, others got rid of red eye (though I hardly think that counts), and one friend copped to making her arms look thinner in a photo that was being used for a family holiday card. This whole thing has me curious, and now I'm wondering . . .

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kia kia 6 years
I'll only do eye whitening, stray hairs and complexion. There is no need to head to the liquify function. I have done it for pay for boudoir photography, but I will never make a size 14 a size 6, that is silly. If you are large I'll keep you large, that is your beautiful body.
amandaaa amandaaa 6 years
yes, i enhance the lighting, contrast and saturation. sometimes i remove a pimple or smooth a complexion.
Allytta Allytta 6 years
i photoshop my friends and my BF as well. usually to give them nicer complexion. but that photoshopping my body shape is getting out of hand, my friend overseas all think I lost tons of weight :D
shiningeyes shiningeyes 6 years
I haven't really, but I don't keep around digital copies of really horrible pictures of myself either.
Smashboxchick Smashboxchick 6 years
No, because people know what I look like so why would I go through the trouble to make a fake photo of myself. I'm not famous so there is no need for that. Plus i'm thin. Ive given myself a little color in photos before, though. By messing with the lighting, but i'm sure everyone does that.
Asche Asche 6 years
I totally do! I'll zap out a zit here and there on me or family/friends. Who cares? It isn't hurting anyone and it's not like I'm erasing six inches off of my waste :)
PinkNC PinkNC 6 years
No, I never do this.
Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 6 years
I'll shop out zits or flyaway hair, I might shop my face if it's all red or something. But I'd never slim myself down.
hannegee hannegee 6 years
I do red-eye, since my eyes ALWAYS comes out alien-like.... and ill crop the photo sometimes to make me and other people slimmer...and those pesky pimples are outta there too:) nothing too drastic, and its not like Im altering the photo I think....a pimple-removal here and there is ok;)
hannegee hannegee 6 years
I do red-eye, since my eyes ALWAYS comes out alien-like.... and ill crop the photo sometimes to make me and other people appear slimmer...and those pesky pimples are outta there too:) nothing too drastic, and its not like Im altering the photo I think....a pimple-removal here and there is ok;)
fashionplate525 fashionplate525 6 years
I wish I had the program, cuz I totally would! Nothing crazy, but maybe a blemish here, or an annoying wrinkle there?
Chicagomarie Chicagomarie 6 years
I often retouch friends in my photo's too, to answer that posed question. All my friends love that I airbrush the shine off their faces or the stray pimple or two that pops up on them!
insanitypepper insanitypepper 6 years
I started airbrushing out my wrinkles last year.
Spectra Spectra 6 years
Nah, it's not that important to me. Since I have blue eyes, I do usually get red-eye in photos and I edit that out. If I ever get a zit or something, I'd probably airbrush over that, but other than that I wouldn't mess with the picture too much.
ticamorena ticamorena 6 years
I don't do it, but I think it's neither silly nor a waste of time for those who do it. I have a question to all those who DO photoshop: do you get tempted to re-touch your fiends in group pics? I imagine anything you'd think was ugly or a flaw regarding yourself in a pic (to the extent that you'd want to erase) would also be something you'd consider a flaw if your friend exhibited it.
Allytta Allytta 6 years
yes. i'm an overweight professional retoucher. and i can't seem to leave my pictures alone as i want to look as my better self with minimum of effort involved.
BeamerCG BeamerCG 6 years
I do the red eye option on my computer, but I don't think that counts.
redsilkshoes redsilkshoes 6 years
Redeye touchup, that is IT. Otherwise, you're lying about how you look.
runningesq runningesq 6 years
Ha, I'm with le romantique -- if there is an awful shot of me, I'll just delte it !
Leilanic1 Leilanic1 6 years
i totally would if i knew how and had the software. as it is i just delete the photo. i hate it on facebook when someone tags me and its a horrible shot...i usually untag..:)
le-romantique le-romantique 6 years
I'm a photoshop master, but alas, I refuse to 'touch up' my pictures, if they're ugly pictures I'll just delete them.
becky0125 becky0125 6 years
nah, unless to fix red eye. I'd rather look the way I really do in pictures than have someone see me in real life and think i looked better in my pictures.
Ajh Ajh 6 years
I have random bouts of REALLY bad acne. I also look about 80% dead in pictures, but in person I don't. I work with a friend to make sure the picture still is authentic to how I look in person usually.
zeze zeze 6 years
Well I don't have photoshop software, so not really. I will do the red eye, adjust color, tint..etc..to bad photos. The other day I used paint to remove someone's arm that was around me, since i had cropped them out to make it a profile picture, it looked creepy there. If I had the software and knew how to do it, I probably would.
tlsgirl tlsgirl 6 years
I would totally get rid of pimples if I knew how.
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