How to Spot a Retouched Photo

Photo retouching is something you’ll find done to many pictures, particularly those uploaded to social media, used as headshots, and for important engagements. People have various opinions of retouching photos. Some people are perfectly fine, if the changes are subtle. Some people flat out hate the idea of retouching a photo in any way, and there are even people who don’t mind if you retouch a photo simply because you’re bored. No matter where you stand on the issue, it is important that you know the signs that identify a retouched photo so you can easily identify the real from the fake at a moment’s notice.

Photo retouching is something that is done to a photo to enhance appearance. Most often, it is used by women looking to slim their nose, or men who want the beer gut gone, at least if only in a photo. Of course, many other people use retouching software to enhance the look of their photos, and they do so with various reasons directing them to the task. Maybe you’ve even used a retouching software on a photo (or two) in the past. Many people are using the software, making it even more important to know the signs of a fake!

Unless the person using the retouching, software has formal training or a lot of experience, you will likely notice many things ‘off’ in the picture. Is her arm really that shape? Is the sunshine an odd shape? These are subtle things that might be ‘off’ that indicate a retouched photo. Other signs of retouching include:

– Light and shade that do not correspond with one another

– It is a photo from a stock company or one found easily on the web

– The photo looks distorted

– The photo is poor quality

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