Can You Tell Which Image Has Been Photoshopped?

Even people who think they are masters at detecting digital trickery can be fooled thanks to the latest and greatest apps. And with so many photos being altered in some way, it’s more important than ever to know what’s real and what’s just wishful thinking.

Puppy play

dogCourtesy Charlotte Andersen

Not even the world’s objectively cutest things—puppies and babies—are immune to getting a few little tweaks to make them just that much more adorable. In this picture, we’ve enlarged and widened the pup’s eyes to give him an even more innocent look when he’s begging for treats. (We also cleaned up a bit of saliva off his tongue!) See if you’re part of the one-third of people who can tell how these photos were tweaked.

The art of the selfie

selfieCourtesy Charlotte Andersen

Digital retouching was made for selfies, and thanks to apps like Facetune, now you can do everything from banishing a blemish, smoothing out wrinkles, or hiding a double chin to making yourself into almost an entirely new person. For this selfie we applied a “brightening” filter, corrected uneven skin coloring, smoothed out wrinkles, and boosted eye and lip colors. It still looks like her, just on a really, really good day. Don’t get too caught up in the retouching process though. Experts say that there’s a trend of people now getting plastic surgery to look more like their enhanced online photos!

Mirror, mirror on the wall…

brideCourtesy Charlotte Andersen

Who’s the most beautiful bride of all? Our model already looked stunning as she tried on dresses for her big day, but did you notice that we nipped in her waist and enhanced her hips to give her even more of an hourglass figure? It’s a very popular tweak done to social media pictures (the Kardashian sisters are famous for it!) and many of us fall victim to the incredible shrinking waist trick. So if you ever feel down, worrying that you can’t measure up to those perfect beauties on Instagram, just remember that real women need ribs and internal organs! Take a look at these tips to make yourself look better in photos—no digital altering required.


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