# Sunday, July 02, 2006

We've all heard that we shouldn't model ourselves against pictures we see in magazines, because "they're all airbrushed and retouched". But you won't believe how true that is until you check out this portfolio by a fellow who does it for a living. He swaps new pictures in from time to time,  but there's pretty well always some excellent eye bag removing, skin smoothing, and general thinning.

Before:  After:

He has a nice effect on the site: first you see the "after" picture as it was used in print, then when you mouseover you see the original. Wow! Bags pop out under eyes, breasts move down, wattle, wrinkles, and pimples appear. Move the mouse off and they're back to perfection. Just astonishing. He also tackles "the clothes didn't really fit the model" and "the background is all wrong" as well as "they couldn't all come to the studio on the same day" but it's the anti-aging work I found most astonishing.

In case you had any doubt how much hard work it is to do, somebody called Mizuno lays out in a dozen steps or so how to soften up skin features to do just the unpimpling:

Before: After:

The after looks a little fake here in a close-crop, but when you see the whole picture she just looks gorgeous. Now we know.

Sunday, July 02, 2006 8:50:44 PM (Eastern Daylight Time, UTC-04:00)  #