We already know that most of the images we see in advertising aren’t 100% real. And though we understand that retouching is a regular thing in the industry, it’s amazing to see how much the photographs we see in the media have actually been retouched. A new series of videos done by a professional retoucher shows you must how much work goes into getting that perfect final image.
Retoucher Elizabeth Moss has released videos showing hours of retouching work condensed down to a few seconds. In the videos, you get to see how retouching experts widen eyes, clean up stray hairs and even add pores to the faces of models. “These videos are unique because none of the high-end retouchers make these type of videos,” Moss explained to Peta Pixel. “So the quality of the other before and after retouching videos available online are pretty terrible and not at all representative of what is typically done on high fashion editorials and campaigns.”
Moss wanted people to see just how the professionals work their magic. But if these videos prove anything, it’s that we all need to stop holding ourselves up to the impossible standards we see illustrated in ad campaigns and spreads. Already beautiful women are subject to hours of retouching, whether they have too many pores or too few. In the world of Photoshop, everyone is imperfect and nothing is what it seems.
[via Peta Pixel]