In the latest twist to the controversy over the use of computer software to manipulate model and celebrity photos, a video briefly re-surfaced on YouTube last week to remind us all of the power of Adobe Photoshop…
Image Source: Design Taxi
Last week, a short 37-second video clip on YouTube caused quite a stir among the Photoshop and graphic design community. Titled “The Power of Adobe Photoshop”, it was an edited version of the “Body Evolution – Model Before and After” video created by online campaigners Global Democracy back in 2011.
Both videos demonstrate the full extent to which airbrushing and image ‘touching up’ techniques can used on models and celebrities by photographers, advertisers and magazine designers to enhance – and totally transform – the original photograph.
The result, claims Design Taxi in their article about such Photoshop wizardry, is a “lifeless, plastic mannequin rather than a living, breathing human being.”
“The Power of Adobe Photoshop” video has now been removed by the YouTube user responsible for uploading it, but you can watch the original Global Democracy version below:
Photoshop Image Manipulation
When I mentioned the “Power of Adobe Photoshop” video in my Google+ feed last Friday, it immediately sparked a heated debate among the leading Photoshop community on Google’s social media network. The responses were both for, and against, the over use of Photoshop to manipulate images.
Here’s a few examples of what was said:
“Nice Photoshop skills.”
“I think the before is more beautiful. Photoshop is not evil in and of itself. It is merely a tool which can be used for good or for evil. I am a photographer who uses Photoshop, but I would never take it anywhere close to this far. For retouching, Photoshop should be used like makeup – to enhance, not change.”
-Get Shot Naked
“IMHO, resulting image looks like an ET. I’m from the minority that prefers human beings.”
-Pablo Silvio Esquivel
“I think this is a bad example of over-Photoshopping and used more to create the buzz about it than presenting an actual situation or any reality. This is not a magazine shoot and nor is it selling us anything other than a negative response.”
Either way, as Spider-Man already knows… “With great power comes great responsibility.”