Photoshop is a software that was developed and now being used in editing photos. With the use of that software, one can crop, resize, manipulate or correct the color of digital photos. It can remove imperfections, blemishes, wrinkles to the point that images that you’re left with are almost perfect.
Images that were photoshopped are used in advertising and marketing in order to get the attention of the consumers. Men are made to look more chiseled and lean and women have more clear and glowing skin. Skinny women are made to look even skinnier and these photos are in promoting different products often related to beauty and skin care. Although most people are aware that these photos were altered, the effects of these circulating in the public may harmful to the adults and teens, men and women alike.
Several people that struggle with their body image are the first to be affected by these photoshopped images. Their self esteem further dragged down even if they know at the back of their minds that these photos do not exist – such perfection is not real. Looking at these photos these people will start to feel that they are not pretty enough or thin enough or flawless enough to be accepted, thus leading to the development of eating disorders such as bulimia and anorexia. People become overly critical of themselves and it is almost unhealthy. They become less confident.
There’s a lot that you can do with the software but it would be better if this is being used responsibly. These images may sell because of its perfection but we also want to promote positive body image and healthy self esteem. We want people to be more accepting with their imperfections no matter how small or big they are and we want them to appreciate true beauty when they see one and not become fixated with some made up images.