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Have You Ever Photoshopped Yourself to Look Better?

You know when somebody tags you in a photo on Facebook, and you cringe when you see it? I was recently tagged in a photo getting down on the dance floor. Luckily, nothing was hanging out that wasn't supposed to be, it was just a very unflattering angle, resulting in the most awkward, double-chinned shot I have ever seen. It horrified me.

This got me to thinking: It's no secret that pictures of actresses and models are often altered in magazines and print ads. In fact, Gisele Bundchen was even Photoshopped after posing for London Fog, but for a different reason — a belly bump. "Although Gisele was photographed while pregnant, most of the shots have been retouched to respect her privacy during this wonderful and personal time in her life," said London Fog's Dari Marder. What about you? Do you do a little retouching here and there to make your mug more flattering, or do you figure, "Why bother?"

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Autumns_Elegy Autumns_Elegy 8 years
Usually I'd only remove a zit or red eye. I may change the lighting or colour if I have to, but if it's a bad photo, I won't put it on the net!
Glittersniffer Glittersniffer 8 years
Minimal stuff I'll admit to, for example 86ing a pimple or, in one case, parsley in my teeth (d'oh!), but other than that nope.
Yogaforlife Yogaforlife 8 years
If I think a photo of myself is that bad, I just won't post it. I never photo-shop, if I have a few blemishes or look funny, it's just me in the moment. I post photos more to show the fun or mood of a particular moment, not to show myself off. Although I was recently tagged in a friend's wedding photo that I wish wasn't posted. The way the sunlight was hitting me, it made my skin (which had a light self tanner on it) look orange, especially since I had just had my hair dyed a (gorgeous) light red with blonde highlights. My skin definitely did not look that color in person or else I would not have done it, but the way the camera picked up the setting sun just made me look awful! Can't delete it since it's not my picture.
genesisrocks genesisrocks 8 years
I'll remove the occasional zit or red eye, but mostly if I'm on photoshop I like to mess around.
Allytta Allytta 8 years
that's my passion and livelihood so yeah all the time :) i'm PS nazi.
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I turned myself into a zombie once. Not a good look :)
Pistil Pistil 8 years
I love to play with brightness/contrast/colours (not just self-portraits, but scenery, etc.)... it was pretty much a hobby of mine for a while. I only make minor touch-ups on photos that I'm actually planning on printing or showing to other people, but I've had fun morphing myself (and others) into crazy, exaggerated, cartoon-like things. Not to deceive, just for fun!
cloroxcowgirl cloroxcowgirl 8 years
When I have a distracting blemish or acne scars in an otherwise good picture that I want to use, yes.
dinghy dinghy 8 years
I have, but just to see how it was done. None of the pics people might actually see have been photoshopped. But it's a fun thing to do...
witchbaby witchbaby 8 years
I don't really photoshop to look thinner, but if its kinda closeup I will take out some acne and brighten my eyes. Sometimes I'll make my teeth whiter too.
ticamorena ticamorena 8 years
Hahaha, photoshop just sets people up for disappointment- you think the person in the pic is a radiant, no under-eye bags, blemish free individual, only to see them and realise that they are nowhere near that...I'd rather people were pleasantly surprised by the actual me than the photoshopped me, so I'm happy not to retouch pics
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 8 years
Yes however the corrections were nothing major; red-eye, removing a breakout, getting rid of a harsh under-eye circle. I would never change something drastic since it is extremely noticeable when you see someone in person.
qtpie qtpie 8 years
I don't have Photoshop, but I just adjust the exposure and contrast sometimes.
le-romantique le-romantique 8 years
Nope. I love the way I look, and everyone has flaws so I don't mind... I have photoshopped me into pictures like for comedic effect or something, I'm also a photoshop expert.
mek123 mek123 8 years
I have only edited for red eyes and not even very well for that. Need to learn Photoshop some day.
Suspiria Suspiria 8 years
No. I think it is not "right". I can photoshop the things that are around me, but not me. When you photoshop something, you can change a lot, you can make an ugly person, a beautiful person. And I CARE if someone sees a bad pic of me, but I think the right thing to do is: if you don't like the pic, delete it (when the pic is VERY bad), but if you want to erase a scar, for example, it's ok.
emilynotail emilynotail 8 years
No, I don't care at all if someone sees a bad photo of me.
ImJessica ImJessica 8 years
Yeah. I'll crop out things, fix dark circles, and play with the lighting. Nothing major, though.
Frenched Frenched 8 years
I think I've only changed the contrast one time. I'm one of those who figure, why bother? If a picture was totally horrible, though...I might do it. I try to show the real me for the most part.
polkadots567 polkadots567 8 years
i never photoshop, i don't know how or care enough to learn!
bailaoragaditana bailaoragaditana 8 years
I constantly have to fix the lighting in my photos, and definitely nix the red-eye, and obvious/glaring blemishes, but I'm not really skilled enough to improve photos more than that...
emalove emalove 8 years
I don't have Photoshop :( But as far as editing my photos go, I always fix exposure and sharpness and red eye.
kty kty 8 years
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