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This commercial isn't real...

Journal Entry: Sat Jan 14, 2012, 1:59 AM


neither are society's standards of beauty





This absolutely hillarious video has been "infecting" the web for some time now (and I wanted to feature it sooner, but oh well, life and such). The first time I saw it, I was laughing so hard, because many of these things, I actually do in manips - sometimes not this quickly, but I do. And it is done daily for just about any magazine cover or vip photo shoot that you get to see! This is the true part about this video. And it's the sad part, too.

Uncover the fake Beauty

As a photomanipulator, I am often amazed at what other non-photoshop (or any other graphics programme) users will accept as real without question. Especially younger ones will be influenced by this image they see day in day out and aspire to be like it. To be as fake and "perfect" as the cover girl. How can you achieve anything like that in real life? You can't. It's that simple.

All that is left is Photoshop - the real one. You don't need a fancy plug-in to make all that happen that the fake commercial promises. You just need to know which tools to use and it's easy! You can take a look at this Photoshop tutorial (and the ones linked therein) to get an idea of what I'm talking about. And I encourage everyone (and especially those who are not Photoshop savvy) to take a look at that article!

Because, let's face it: those "beauty standards" are out there. We're confronted with them daily and most of us wouldn't know what to look for to be able to say with conviction "this one is fake, just look at xyz, you can still see the Photoshop tools they used!" - being able to spot these things is in my opinion essential to teaching others that what they're after is a fake image that cannot be achieved. Only this knowledge can help get some perspective back in place: just because we like to look at something rather than something else does not mean we should be like that ourselves all the time. And it doesn't mean we shouldn't use Photoshop to retouch photos. It means that we need to face the fact that it was retouched to please us.

What this "something" that we rather look at is is of course a matter of debate. Personally, I cringe at the plastic look, especially the cover girl look. I don't find it pleasing. But have you tried telling that to a 14 year old girl obsessed with becoming a model? All you get back is mostly "but I like it!". So my approach would be to show her how I can retouche a picture of her to look just like that (including all exaggerations) and ask her if she a) still thinks it's desireable and b) if she had to go to bed hungry for this picture... And if you can't actually do that, then at least you can show her that it's "some kind of magic" instead of dieting your heart out - maybe you can find a dA artist who can do it for you or you can show her the tutorial linked above or find some before/after pics (some of which, as shown in the tutorial can be downright creepy).


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Jasmin

Articles and Links
Photomanipulation for Beginners

an article about what photomanipulation is and what you need to try it - and on the ever so important issue of "where do I get pictures to play with?"

--> read article <--

Copyright

Of Copyright & Premades
is an article that strives to explain what copyright means, who it protects and that simply putting work into something will not make using something without permission okay.

Know your Basics - article series:

A series of articles that try to explain some basics in art that you may or may not have heard of before but didn't know what to do with them. All of them are written especially for photo- manipulators, but the principles should hold true in any genre.

--> Know your basics - Colour Theory <--
--> Know your basics - Composition <--
--> Know your basics - Perspective <--
--> Know your basics - Textures <--

Tutorial Treasury

--> 01 | 02 | 03 | 04 | 05 <--

Journal Stock Credits: Kaotiksymphony-Stock and iMouritsa.
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LaYeobright Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2012
Brilliant! xD And yet horribly true! Of course, really, I think a lot of times when people say/blame "Society", "The Media" would be more acurate...
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner May 2, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:hug:
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kitiekat4U Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
yep! i really believe that fotoshop is the best on the market. i really love that plastic feel :giggle:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:boogie: :D
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TanyaSimpson Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2012
That video is possibly the best thing I've ever seen. My skin feels like plastic!. Love it :D
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
that had me breaking into giggles as well :D
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Raindroppu Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Student General Artist
Hab's gesehen und fands auch lustig und traurig zugleich..
Es hat mich einerseits aber auch an dieses Video erinnert: [link] beides geht aufs Gleiche hinaus..
Es ist wirklich schade, zu wissen, was die Menschen mit Schönheit verbinden, wie es wirklich aussieht und wie es ihren Vorstellungen nach aussehen sollte. Die Menschen versuchen sich alles nur zurecht zu machen, selbst ihr Aussehen..
Ich weiß nicht, ob du das mit den krebserregenden Silikonen in der Brust mitbekommen hast - selbst das gehört zu diesem Thema.. das ist wirklich schlimm, dass die Frauen sowas mit sich machen lassen, damit sie "besser aussehen" etc. und dann passiert sowas..
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
das Video passt auch gut rein :nod:

und das mit den Implantaten war ja ganz groß in den Medien... auch ein Interview hab ich da gehört mit Mutter und Tochter (!!!) die jetzt beide die Implantate entfernen lassen müssen. Aber anstatt sich zu sagen "so ein Risiko geh ich nimmer ein", wollen beide neue Implantate haben. Sowas hab ich noch nie verstanden ^^;
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Raindroppu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
oh man.. -.-" Mutter und Tochter auch noch.. Wer weiß, wie viel das Ganze für beide wohl kostet. Die müssen ja i-was drin haben, sonst haben sie keine Busen mehr -.-"
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
so ungefähr war die Begründung dafür nochmal Implantate einsetzen zu lassen ^^ als ob man sich von Oberweite Gesundheit kaufen könnte...
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Raindroppu Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Student General Artist
warum mussten sie's überhaupt machen lassen? warum ist keine frau einfach mal so zufrieden, wie sie ist.. -.-"
ich persönlich, gott bewahre, würde sowas nur im notfall machen lassen und nicht, damit ich ne aufgeblasene oberweite hab.. was die frauen dadran so schön finden.. :/
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Tribble-Industries Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Oh so real in a very ironic and deadly way. Its sad when the unreality becomes the reality.

And currently the fashion elites...promote this ideal to the hilt!
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: indeed they do. and I can't say it enough: people are like a herd of sheep in their belief that a photo can't possibly be unreal and I so hope that with time they'll come to know how wrong this belief is!
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Tribble-Industries Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I have realized by looking at some fashion sites...they have alot of photoshop...you start to detect it pretty fast.

Very rarely do you not see photoshop.

Like I used to joke to some ladies..."If your knight in shining armor, does have a scratch, ding, or dent...he's a player."

Same thing applies to fashion...if it looks too perfect, unblemished, shiny, lighting adjusted...its been photoshopped. I would rather have the unique blemishes that make a person who they are throughout their lifetime, than artificial perfection.

I think in human life...there is only one time you are perfect...when your done up in the coffin!
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CassiopeiaArt Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
:nod: Such true words and exactly my opinion when it comes to cover-girl retouches in particular. A lot of people that i speak to don't seem to understand just HOW MUCH retouching can be done in programmes such as photoshop and when i point out when they comment on how thin waist she has or smooth skin and that surely is a photograph without too much work done to it. I found that the only reason I can prove to them that it is all "fake" is by showing them on a photograph step by step guide on what you can do. Now THAT gets their attention just like you describe! I'd love to see this and what you can do with retouching on teen channels or something, programmes that target young ones to explain WHY the model on the front of a magazine appears to look they way she does and proving it by showing step by step what happens to covers and advertisements we see... Imagine if that was regular little clips about it and how much it would potentially change the way young girls and boys look at the model industry :)

Great article Jasmine, makes one think about this! :heart:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
on a teen channel or programme, this would really be great - showing how those beauty collages come to be. Maybe we can start on dA, though :plotting:
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CassiopeiaArt Featured By Owner Jan 25, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Absolutely :#1: :nod:
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Like you, I actually would never want to look like the plastic, shiny, completely unnaturally made-up women on covers of magazines. Some of them, you can tell, are actually quite pretty people underneath the butchering!

If only everyone wanted to look their best, instead of looking like somebody else. Because a lot of people would outshine what "somebody else" is looking like. And also, they wouldn't try to look like that liquified leg. :lol: That looked very scary!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
where can I sign that statement?! that's exactly what I think :nod: :highfive:
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I guess you can only sign it in spirit. :noes:
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
my spirit unfortunately is busy, damn! what do I do now?! *panic*
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Hit the "instant clone" button!
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao: that would come in handy at work, too!
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Exillior Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
I'd never trust my clone at work - god knows what it would get up to!
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Renilicious Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
This is brilliant and needs to be shown to as many people as possible - especially young girls. As a boudoir photographer, I use 'Shop to retouch client pictures but I refuse to make people look like they're 50lb skinnier than they actually are. Little tweaks are cool - some wrinkles (though if a 50 year-old tells me she wants to look 25 again, she gets told to go elsewhere), brightening eyes, helping with problem skin, flattening out bulges where lingerie is cutting into skin... that's all good in my book. Making a photo look like the represenation of a person someone wants to be rather than who actually they are? Nuh-uh. Never going there.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:thumbsup: yes, exactly my point: if it's to make someone more beautiful than they are all is fine (and who wants to see the unfortunate pimple ruin a photo?) but if they try to project something they're not, they may need someone other than a photographer/retoucher to help them ^^;
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
The most best commercial I have ever seen. When i first saw it, i was smiling the entire time because I have nipped and tucked for quite a few clients lol and I cringe at the cover girl look. I'm always guessing what tools they used on the faces of these women in the magazine. My mother thinks im crazy whenever i say, "Hey mom, see that? its FAKE...they used this tool then that...blah blah blah..." Society for the most part over defines the meaning of beauty and the standards are terribly unrealistic :heart:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
perfection is a strange thing - everyone knows it's not realistic to be perfect, and yet, everyone seems to aspire to be just that.

I can so imagine your mum's face when you start about PS tools :giggle:
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hybridgothica Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Very true. Her eyes squint and her lips make a funny shape lol
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:iconkuschelirmel:
kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
liquify tool I say! :#1:
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:iconhybridgothica:
hybridgothica Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Haha! Clone Stamp and Patch tool! with a slight gaussian blur! :D
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:lmao:
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madwarf Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
LOve iy ;)
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:dance:
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billiejolm Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional General Artist
AHHHH HAHA!!! I love it!! and true!! :) :heart:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:highfive:
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leaftherabbit Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
that's freaking hilarious!!!!! hahaha :rofl:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:w00t:
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tsheva Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
Ah dob BAY.

LOL

Why rely on a healthy body image or self-esteem LOL

This was hilarious, thank you!

I posted this on FB :D
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
self-esteem is so yesterday :paranoid:

:D :glomp:
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tsheva Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012
Yes it is! :giggle:
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alexandrasalas Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Professional Digital Artist
Hahaha. "My skin feels like plastic!". I just love that part. XD
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:giggle:
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JohnnyMalkavius Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
It just shows how far we have come from what we should be. The real thing it comes down to is how broken our breeding has become. Years ago the importance of a woman with wider hips and a strong body were greatly desired. Now for some reason we are breeding out these strong women for Pomeranian. I have a strong wife, and I love her for it. She's not made of plastic, and she loves with all her heart.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
and love is all that matters :nod:

plus I also think what has become of "learn and study and live and make mistakes and [...] to become someone you want to be"? Why is it these days that only if you're beautiful and/or famous you "are" someone?
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JohnnyMalkavius Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012
That's what I mean, we have come so far down this road of artificial importance. I think the whole idea is broken.
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:nod: :nod: :nod:
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JamminJo Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Photographer
Awesome information :nod:
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kuschelirmel Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
:heart:
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Aeirmid Featured By Owner Jan 14, 2012   Digital Artist
Wonderful post. I taught high school chemistry for a while before going to get my Ph.D., and they would sit there before class and go through those magazines looking for people to emulate. It breaks my heart because they are so beautiful and pure the way they are. We have a lot of teens on dA; I hope some of them are reading your message, too. Would be cool to do a "self-esteem" feature of some sort. Someone (`LuneBleu, maybe?) did a feature a couple years ago where they posted before-and-afters, and that was really powerful.
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