Unit 4 2.1, 2.2: photo manipulation

Kate Perry Photoshop before and after

Katy Perry before and after photoshop | pictures | Pinterest | Katy Perry and Photoshop. 2016. Katy Perry before and after photoshop | pictures | Pinterest | Katy Perry and Photoshop. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.pinterest.com/pin/279293614363082102/. [Accessed 14 October 2015].

This image is a close up Picture of Katy Perry, the image has been manipulated by Photoshop, the picture on the right is the original and the left is the manipulated picture. They have mostly used a the smudging tool to get rid of anything that is stopping her skin looking smooth and have also used a color changer to make her eyes more blue. These changes were made to make Katy Perry look beautiful and to have no flaws, keeping her audience thinking she is a perfect woman.

Their are many social issues this picture has raised after being manipulated, this will cause women to try and become as perfect as her even though it’s impossible. This will lead to many women getting depressed from this and also cause some women to take extreme precautions, such as plastic surgery; this will also cause men to make higher standards towards women even though they don’t exist. And again more women will try to become something they are not to please men, causing a vicious cycle.

These photo manipulation techniques have become a commonplace because making celebrities more beautiful than they really are can raise the market in their products, allowing celebrities to gain more money over a shorter period of time.

Learning this technique would allow me to make textures more smooth and learn how to change the color of specific objects in an image, I would use this for advertisement, animation and design.

Keira Knightley

The Reality of Celebrity Photoshop: Before and After | Messy Nessy Chic. 2016. The Reality of Celebrity Photoshop: Before and After | Messy Nessy Chic. [ONLINE] Available at: http://www.messynessychic.com/2010/10/12/the-reality-of-celebrity-photoshop-before-and-after/. [Accessed 14 October 2015].

This image is a picture of Keira Knightley on a film poster, again with same positioning as first picture. They used the warp tool on photoshop to resize Keira’s breasts and also used a filter but for the film posters look, not because of Keira. They resized Keira’s breasts to attract a larger audience, this is because it applies to a large majority of men.

This can have a social and cultural effect on people, as men would then expect more from women when sometimes its impossible without extreme measurements such as plastic surgery. So women would then try to become something they are not to please men and slowly more and more women will try to have bigger breasts, changing the culture and social things that are accepted.

These techniques are used in the commonplace because it can be used for advertisement, so they can attract a bigger audience and receive more money from people watching it. But this can also be used to create art by resizing small objects and making them bend.

These issues are relevant to my professional practice, as I may have to learn this technique in the future to use for art and I also might be forced to use the technique to do the same in the image to advertise, so I can attract a bigger audience.

The industry continue to push this kind of representation and manipulation of these images because people believe that perfect women are slender, have big breasts and have no flaws. So to attract a bigger audience they must give them what they expect to be a perfect women, this also leads to why they manipulate images of women. It is nearly impossible to become a perfect women as audience have such high standards; so the easiest method of obtaining a perfect women in a magazine is to manipulate the image. This way they can easily gain a much larger audience.




3 thoughts on “Unit 4 2.1, 2.2: photo manipulation

  1. Jack, some good thoughts on the social contexts, but more could be said about representation audience and industrial contexts. Why does the industry continue to encourage this kind of representation of women and manipulation of images of women?


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