THinnerBeauty Photoshops Plus-Sized Celebrities Trying To Shame Them To Lose Weight

UPDATE: The article title has been corrected and an explanatory paragraph was added, thanks for everyone who pointed are eyes into it.


We have shared how Photoshop is used once and again to thin out already gorgeous looking models and to hide any hint of cellulite. (we’ve also seen the opposite, but I digress).

What I have yet to see is Photoshopping people to look like a thinner version of themselves without being asked in an effort to encourage them to lose weight. Facebook group ThInner Beauty (a pun on The Inner Beauty), does just that. They photoshop famous people to “… show how much more beautiful people could be if they made the difficult, lifelong commitment to a regimen of personal fitness

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Skin-Retouching Techniques: Compared


In general, there are four “famous” skin-retouching techniques on the photography and retouching market to achieve a smooth skin:

  • Gaussian blur (for me not a skin-retouching technique, but I see it a lot)
  • Inverted high-pass
  • Frequency Separation
  • Dodge & Burn

(Yes, there are more, but these are the “biggest” ones “inside” Photoshop)

This article will compare these skin-retouching techniques to show the pros and cons for each of them. However, this article will not show you how to do them, but what the “good and bad” sides are about these techniques – they might be not “black or white” but can be both (like grey-shades).

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How Good (And Bad) Retouching Impacts Your Objective Age

A few days ago it started – suddenly these portraits sprouted everywhere like mushrooms after the rain, with pictures of people and a postit note on their forehead which states their age.


Behind this fed is a new “service” called how-Old, which claims to give an accurate guesstimate of your age based on a single photo. As a retoucher I often encounter this problem; a model still has a few more years to “steal” or actually to “give” to the industry. I had to test how many years I can take of a model with retouching and while this is a lighthearted post, the results were quite interesting.

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Timelapse Showing High End Retouching using Affinity Photo

Ever since Affinity Photo was announced we were wondering how it will match up to Photoshop. Dracorubio took it for a round and was ok with it, though not overly impressed. Now photographer Felix Barjou gave it a spin for a full retouch session.

The retouch is sped up to about two and half minutes and for me it was not trivial to see any major differences in the workflow vs. the predominant Photoshop alternative. Can you?

Felix tells us that “This software is pretty cool. The corrector tool is more powerful than Photoshop, but some small things are missing, like invert a layer mask, keyboard shortcuts for wacom users and such, but it is still a beta version

As a PSA, Affinity Photo is still available as a free Beta, though we aren’t sure what ill happen to all the beta users once the software is completed.

Students Help To Restore Fire Damaged Photos For Parents Grieving The Loss Of 3 Children & Grandmother

After a house fire swept through an Ohio home on December 26th, Ricky and Traci Harris were faced with the devastating loss of their three young boys and Ricky Harris’ mother. The boys, Kenyon, Broderick, and Braylon were sleeping over at their grandmother’s home so the 60 year old woman, Terry Harris, wouldn’t have to spend the night alone. At 4 am in the morning, the fire broke out, consuming the house. Along with the lives the tragic fire claimed, much of the house and personal belongings were also left destroyed. [Read more…]

Unphotoshop – Barbie Model Photoshopped into Santa Claus

A few weeks back we shared an inconvenient clip showing how Photoshop is used to turn a beautiful looking model into a plastic barbie that is the current demand by advertisers. The movie has gone viral, receiving ricochets from all over the net.

Unphotoshop - Barbie Model Photoshopped into Santa Claus

Well, each coin has a flip side – ad agency Victors & Spoils took that video and flipped it over. V&S took the barbie looking model from the end of the video and used the very same tools to turn her into an charming, chubby Santa Claus. [Read more…]

Movie Shows Photoshop “Body Retouching” Taken To Extreme

We’ve all seen before and after photos of models detailing how Photoshop “helps” them look at their best. It may be something minor like removing skin blemishes or a birth mark, or it can be something a bit bigger like tummy flattening or thinning down a model.

Movie Shows Photoshop "Body Retouching" Taken To Extreme

This 36 seconds video shows how Photoshop can be used to extreme to alter a model completely, including bigger eye, smaller but, longer legs and much more. Hit the jump to be shocked. [Read more…]