Posts Tagged ‘image manipulation’

Where did you get those teeth?

April 11, 2019

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Shiny teeth, no skin blemishes and clear white eyes. It’s standard practice nowadays that celebrities on magazine covers such as Vogue look perfect. But when did these little white Photoshop lies start?

It’s well known that the publicity photographs in Hollywood were taken by experts in the art of making anyone look good. And that they were then put into the hands of expert retouchers to take out any real-world blemishes.


But this cover image shows the practice goes back before Hollywood even existed, It’s from a 1898 copy of The Harmsworth, a monthly pictorial magazine that competed with the likes of the Strand. The teeth on the girl have clearly been altered to become perfectly white blocks.

A tale of being Tatlered à la Princess Eugenie

March 18, 2008

tatlered2007mar5_mirr.jpgPictures of Princess Eugenie in the Tatler and Telegraph last week again raised the issue of digital retouching, with the poor 17-year-old undergoing the virtual equivalent of Pamela Anderson-esque cosmetic surgery. The Mirror took the story on with reporter Kate Jackson stepping under the virtual knife for her makeover. ‘I loved the inflated pneumatic cleavage and dainty nose,’ beamed the reporter/victim.

It’s the second recent high-profile example of retouching going too far on a magazine cover, with Kate Winslet having been stretched for a GQ cover.

How the Mirror revealed the touching-up of Eugenie

How the Mirror revealed the touching-up of Eugenie

The original Telegraph story based on the Tatler profile

The original Telegraph story based on the Tatler profile

Read more about Photoshop and image manipulation

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