This is what happens when men are Photoshopped like women

Jul 19, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

This is what happens when men are Photoshopped like women

Jul 19, 2016

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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Recently, The Try Guys at BuzzFeed were Photoshopped to produce their ideal male body types, as a way to explore how the world of Photoshop and retouching affects men. With such an overwhelming experience and response, especially from women, they started thinking about how the process female subjects, too.

In their new video, they recreate several famous magazine cover shots involving Kim Kardashian, Madonna, and others to see the kind of retouching that goes into producing images of women for magazines and advertising compared to what’s actually even possible in the real world.

Unless an ad specifically says “this has not been Photoshopped”, I can guarantee you it’s been Photoshopped.

– Chrissy Mahlmeister, Lifestyle Editor at BuzzFeed

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It’s an interesting take on a something that’s become a pretty hot topic over the last few years, and unless you’re heavily involved in the industry already, it can be difficult to see a woman’s perspective on exactly what gets done to them for magazines and advertisements on a daily basis.

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“I have bendy strawers for arms!”
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“Gross, I am a putty man!”

It’s also amazing to see how much work is done beforehand with makeup, too, which then seems to get completely obliterated by Photoshop.  It kind of makes you wonder why they even bother with makeup artists at all on some of these shoots.

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THEY CHANGED THE COLOUR OF MY EYES! Why would you do that?
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I feel like I’m looking at a painting, I might have to hang this in my house

And people still wonder why so many youngsters today have such unrealistic expectations.

Don’t get me wrong, I’m a big fan of Photoshop, but I use it to clean up environments, get rid of temporary blemishes like scars and tanlines, or to fix the occasional stray hair. Physically altering the shape, size and texture of peoples bodies to the point where they barely even look human any more? I just don’t get it.

Do you use Photoshop in your post processing workflow? Where do you draw the line with retouching? Let us know what you think in the comments.

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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12 responses to “This is what happens when men are Photoshopped like women”

  1. Filippo Boatto Avatar
    Filippo Boatto

    But…why?

  2. 1o1 Avatar
    1o1

    stupid…. men want more muscles not less….

  3. ReneK Avatar
    ReneK

    Totally missing the point: Photoshop is used to improve the look (or to align to idealized standards), so if you would shop the men the same you should give them more muscles.

    1. Fercho Avatar
      Fercho

      Thus the title …”like women”…

  4. Corina Bueno Avatar
    Corina Bueno

    I almost gagged from laughing! ?

  5. Petar Maksimovic Avatar
    Petar Maksimovic

    So this is not about photoshopping ethics and processes but about some idiots making comments and reactions like those crap MTV shows?

  6. Jan Leah Avatar
    Jan Leah

    I thought it was very entertaining

  7. Steven Gotz Avatar
    Steven Gotz

    I shoot men differently than women, and Photoshop them differently as well.

    I don’t go overboard – well – not anymore, anyway. But I light men to show creases and mature lines, whereas if I shot a woman like that she would have a fit.

    There are different standards of attractiveness, sexuality, etc. As long as the person still looks like themself, and has skin that actually looks like real skin, and does very little to allow for body shaming of un-Photoshopped people, then I figure I am doing OK.

  8. Kenneth Younger III Avatar
    Kenneth Younger III

    Hilarious!

  9. 1o1 Avatar
    1o1

    well it is of course utter nonsense.. no woman would photoshop the men into gays.

    and men are photoshoped too regulary.. just have a look at mens health etc.

    these whinning from woman about photoshoping their bodys actually only annoys me.
    it´s as if they think a fat woman is perfect but all men need broad shoulders, a clean shaved body etc.

    we like to look at “perfect” bodys… men and woman.. face it.

    1. James West Avatar
      James West

      But as just about anyone who works with youth can tell you, the photoshopped version of women’s bodies can have a profoundly negative effect on, especially, young women & girls. I believe that this is beginning to happen with young men & boys as well, but it still is more profoundly problematic with females.

      And what on earth do you mean by “Photoshop them into gays”?

  10. Art Nau Avatar
    Art Nau

    Gold