Posts Tagged ‘photoshop’

Photoshop can be seen as either your best friend or your worst enemy, depending on whom you ask. Its use in the advertising and magazine industries, especially regarding fashion, has been heavily criticized on many occasions.

Now, Dr. Hany Farid, a professor at Dartmouth College, and Eric Kee, a Ph.D. student at Dartmouth, “are proposing a software tool for measuring how much fashion and beauty photos have been altered, a 1-to-5 scale that distinguishes the infinitesimal from the fantastic.” In a recent New York Times article Farid compares photoshopping a person’s image to making someone look as fake as Barbie. He has a point. Even if an image is photoshopped only a little here and there to give a person height, decrease his or her weight or even some other smaller alteration: it adds up.

Former talent agent and marketing executive Seth Matlins and his wife Eva believe Farid and Kee’s research has the potential to truly make a difference in the industry. The Matlins have proposed a change in legislation to “require photos that have been ‘meaningfully changed’ to be labeled”—calling the proposal “the Self-Esteem Act.” Based on previous research and interviews I conducted for an ethics paper, I’d say there are other experts who would agree.

The impact and execution of this scale have yet to be seen, but it is certainly a project to watch. For those who don’t know who Pascal Dangin is: Google him. He’s considered a master at his craft so it’d be interesting to know how accurately his work would be rated on Farid and Kee’s scale.

-Erin Elzo

Before you say anything, I am well aware of my age. Yes, I am a 23-year-old girl who will forever have a soft spot for the Wonderful World of Disney. So maybe those innocent princesses aren’t necessarily on the forefront of feminism, and maybe there are supposed hidden sexual messages in each film my pal Walt created. (You people searching for those are sick, by the way. Not everything has to have sexual undertones!) But nothing, and I mean NOTHING will ever change my fondness for those lovable characters.

That being said, check out this blog. The name is pretty self-explanatory: people with way too much time on their hands use the magic that is Photoshop to swap the faces of Disney characters. Ever wondered what Belle would look like with Gaston’s hideous mug instead of her own, and vice-versa? Wonder no more!

Although some of the face swaps are pretty terrible, (amateurs!), most of them are actually believable and kind of terrifying. Think this page won’t interest you? Give it a try, I’m willing to bet my first unborn child that you will find yourself eyes glazed over and transfixed by your computer screen, having lost a good hour or two of your life scrolling through these images. Don’t say I didn’t warn you.

-Amber Brenza

This week Ann Taylor released their new ad campaign, featuring an incredibly firm and wrinkle-free Demi Moore (peculiar considering her age). She is so airbrushed that she looks 20 years younger, or rather like a completely different person. Since I work in the fashion industry, I personally turn a cheek to airbrushing, but transforming 50-year-olds into 16-year-olds has recently recaptured my interest. With all the press from the UK’s ban on ads of overly airbrushed models, I think it would be nice to be served with a dose of reality. A wrinkle and a dark spot here or there would be rather refreshing, and possibly give hope to the average women of the world.

Just last week the UK Advertising Standards Authority banned L’Oreal ads featuring Christy Turlington and Julia Roberts. Obviously, we all know and accept these to be airbrushed, so why the ban? The ads feature anti-aging products that take credit for the mysterious disappearance of their wrinkles. Members of parliament deemed these ads to be false advertising and decided that the images could be detrimental to women. To this I say right on UK Parliament! We know foundation can’t give you a face lift; let’s lay off the Photoshop. Let the crow’s feet and sagging eyelids run free.

-Victoria Troxler

A Shattered Beauty

Posted: March 12, 2011 by jerkmag in TRIM -- style
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I’m sure you have all heard of the Dove Campaign for Real Beauty. This is a short film that really touches on the confidence issues that face young girls everyday. Whether they don’t like their legs, feel too fat, or to skinny, they believe that they’ll never be perfect enough. A big reason why girls are suffering from confidence and self esteem issues today more than ever before is largely due to the media and the way woman are portrayed in television and magazines. The media does NOT portray women the way they look in real life. Hint Hint: Photoshop creates these mannequins with perfect hair, full lips, and a killer bod. Most importantly, beauty doesn’t come in one shape or form. Next time you flip through the pages of Vogue or Elle, please remember that. To all my readers, stay beautiful.

–Jeanine Guzman

Twilight Robert Pattinson Kristin Stewart This is perhaps a more appropriate relationship for Bella and Edward. This image of Twilight stars Robert Pattinson and Kristin Stewart gives me great comfort and endless enjoyment.

Thank you, photoshop. You’ve done a great deed.

~Katie Allyn