At one time Photoshop was a fun app that enabled you to change the way you look. With all of the selfie taken going on in today’s society, it is important to know that many of these to no accurately represent the person taking the picture. In this day and age, you can simply shave a few inches off of your thighs, or make your hips narrower. There are hundreds of different options. This is a fun idea for personal use, however, it can easily get out of control. When there are no natural pictures being sent, you may need to confront some negative body issues.
Photoshop is often used by advertisers to promote their products. When used on a professional scale, Photoshop can interfere with pictures we see, in many advertisements. When you are reading magazine, you are sure to run across a plethora of advertisements. Most advertisements use a professional model in their campaign process. You may notice that the model looks a little different in each photograph, or that her body proportions are no natural looking. Photoshop takes beautiful people, and turns them into odd creatures.
Protests against Photoshop have spurred a little change, however, much more is needed. There is no need to continue the shaming of models and ourselves. The quest for the perfect body has become even more ridiculous. It is not only average citizens that are having issues with body shaming. The majority of the photo shopped pictures are of celebrities and models. These are people that have made a career with their looks. If they are not considered good enough, who is? A ban on Photoshop would help to keep the general public aware of what normal body types look like.
10. Negative Body Issues
Body issues are an ongoing problem in America, especially for young girls. Pictures in advertisements show a single moment in the life of a model. This moment is usually, staged and photo shopped. There is no reason for girls to think they should look like this, but they do. They often try to achieve the exact look of the photograph. When they cannot get the look right, young girls may fall into an ongoing negative mindset. What advertisers tend to ignore, is the delicate balance of adolescent minds.
Negativity is often easier to believe than positivity. It can be difficult to find acceptance of your body, when the media is throwing Photoshop images at you. Negative body issues are one of the most common issues among teens. This unhealthy mindset can keep them from trying new things, hanging out with friends, and participating in sports. They often want to hide out at in oversized t-shirts and remain at home.
There may also be spontaneous emotional outbursts. These can come from, both, sadness and depression about the situation at hand. They are, however, crying over something that is not even real. The Photoshop image is simply a small part of the model that posed for the advertisement. Advertisers have been warned repeatedly about the effects of these types of photos on young men and girls. There seems to be no end to the problem. Photoshop has now added an even worse element to this issue. People cannot compete with computer generated pixels.
9. False Advertising
How can a company be trusted when they are not even showing something that is real? Along with their make-believe models, it can be perceived that a low quality product may follow suit. A company that is quick to be dishonest in their advertising campaign may have few standards in other areas, as well. When you are aware of the fake image, you can then begin to make an informed decision about the product.
False advertising is not legal, however images that use Photoshop are a common thing. Somehow, this form of false advertising is not recognized as wrong because it does not affect the portrayal of the product, only the physical nature of model. If you see a picture that looks too good to be true, it probably is. A company that goes to these lengths for deception has become the norm.
Unfortunately, these types of advertisements show no sign of slowing down. The only way to stop them, is to stop buying their products. A lack of business means less revenue, which may get the attention necessary. Letters need to be written and products need to be tested.
The advertising world is rarely built on reality. They are all about finding creative ways to get your money. This is to be expected, and we all should make a point to call them out on this issue. Unrealistic photos become more of a problem, even, when they are of yourself. Selfies are supposed to be a quick pic of you, and maybe a friend or two. These are often taken to be sent to friends, or posted on social media. It is a sad thing to feel that you cannot be yourself.
These pictures may also warrant attention from the opposite sex. This is not a bad thing if you are being honest. Unrealistic pictures that are changed with Photoshop are not a real depiction of how you look on a daily basis. This can be a dangerous thing, as your photo may attract attention from a bad person. Women may add attributes, like larger breasts, making them more available for unwanted advances from men.
When you take many unrealistic photos you may get used to your new image. This severely affects your life in some ways. You may be unable to make new friends easily because you are worried about seeing people in person. You end up creating an image that does not really exist, so you have to hide out. This is no way to live.
7. Support and Respect for the Models
The models that succumb to this atrocity are often dismissed. After all, they took the job and got paid for it. There have been some cases where the photo shopped pictures were taken without the knowledge of the actress or model, however. These models need support, as they are also at risk for developing a negative body image. It is unbelievable that a person that looks beautiful for a living ends up feeling bad about themselves.
Find ways to support models that have experienced this by researching companies that do not do this. Write in support of the models when the post something natural on their social media page. Let the companies know that natural is better. Buy the products that are associated with the more natural advertising campaigns. This can help to make a change. The models also need to take a stand for themselves. They can do this by asking ahead of time if photo shopping is a part of the job. If it is, they should refuse.
The public must stand up for models that try to take more natural jobs and maintain a healthy weight. There is no excuse for poor body image in today’s society. We have so many resources to get help when falling in despair over our appearance. Talk to a friend, call a helpline, or seek out a doctor. Models and the public, alike must work together to ban Photoshop.
6. Bad Business
Businesses that take this approach are often rotten to the core. This is a last resort method use to sell more items. It is bad business to take someone’s body image into your own hands. A model is a professional that takes the job, just like everyone else. She can opt out of the job if the business is bad. It is simply a poor way to run a business. More time should be spend on thinking about the demographics of their audience, and website following.
It is often up to the public to educate a company on what we want. We have to make it known that we want more natural looking models in the pictures. This can help businesses to better understand their customers. There are simply some rules that should apply to all business advertisements. This is would help each company to better adhere to Photoshop etiquette. Some touch ups may be beneficial and not cause as much harm.
It is a bad business move to keep changing the way people look. It says to the customers that they are not important, as human beings. When real looking photos are used, the revenue of a company is sure to improve. This is because of a positive business move on the part of cooperate.