Like it or not, retouching is here to stay. We’ve been doing it for decades, from the time that “dodge” and “burn” were darkroom techniques and not buttons in Photoshop. (How did you think all those portraits of 1940s movie starlets looked so soft and glowy?) And for better or worse, we’re so used to seeing airbrushed images that it often doesn’t register that what we’re seeing isn’t reality. While in extremes this perpetuates unrealistic beauty ideals, we’re fine with digitally erasing a few stray hairs, fixing uneven lighting or brightening an eye here or there. But when things go wrong in post-production, they really go wrong. Below, the 10 worst Photoshop disasters of 2014. How did anyone let these nightmares go to print?
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Meg Clark has worked as a social strategist and copywriter since moving to New York in 2008, and has worked with brands ranging from Marc Jacobs to Capitol Records. She lives in Brooklyn and (unsurprisingly) loves vintage clothes, whiskey, The X-Files and ramen.