24 Animated Gifs of Celebrities Before and After Retouching

24 Animated Gifs of Celebrities Before and After Retouching

The debate on retouching is definitely a heated one, and none so much more than the retouching done on celebrities. Just recently Noam Galai posted about the unrealistic retouching done on the new Beyonce ad from Cavalli. Keeping the topic open take a look at these animated .gifs of celebrities before and after the royal Photoshop treatment. Do you think retouchers sometimes go too far, or do they look acceptable to you?

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Tom Barrett's picture

omg. poor keira!

Catalin Haldan's picture

I was thinking at the exact same thing :D

Felipe_Paredes's picture

is just me or she looks a bit like Sasha Grey?

Courtney's picture

There's nothing wrong with Keira. I was very impressed with her for kicking up a fuss about them filling her out for that photo, and for not succumbing to that bullshit pressure that she NEEDS big boobs. Her body is awesome and she is awesome.

Jacquey J. Roca's picture

At Keira's photo, I think she's confident about her body.. she had the choice for surgery like what everybody's doing. .but no, she didn't.. and for the sake of the movie (poster) it needs to be edited though.. ^_*

Anonymous's picture

We photo retouchers don't get nearly enough credit. I once had less than 24 hours to transform a heavily freckled ginger into planetarium blonde Norse woman with perfect skin. It wasn't easy but it was fun.

Nicholas Dunning's picture

And don't you love getting told to "just photoshop it" then someone stands over your shoulder expecting it to take 5 seconds?

Anonymous's picture

I loathe it.

Paceride's picture

LOL in the 70s I used to work as a computer typesetter and the thing that ticked me off the worst was the salesmen who would give a tour of the studio and tell the client "and all they have to do is PUSH A BUTTON and they can change the size and font!" Of course if we did that we'd spend an hour reragging the text, checking for bad breaks, etc.

DEFC's picture

LOL been there

Thomas Shue's picture

I didn't realize how many times people have the bottom lids removed. Some nasty looking people mad to look good.

Bert McLendon's picture

hahaha that last one is amazing. hilarious!

Tobias Solem's picture

I like how the article says "the retouching done on celebrities" when 21 of the images are women. The retouching done on men are most often "reduction of age" (Which is universal for both sexes) but with women it's skin, fat, pores, breasts, lips, thighs, etc. etc. - retouching on "celebrities" is so much more about "retouching on female celebrities".

Rebecca Britt's picture

Make me some .gifs of male celebrities and I'll post those. I added all of the .gifs I found.

Tobias Solem's picture

You missed my point. I am not surprised that the vast majority are gifs of females.

Allen Piercy's picture

I can't remember ever having a guy telling me to "make me look skinnier" in a photo, it's always the girls.

atthewall's picture

George Clooney actually looked better before; hey made him look like a child. I know I am showing by sexism. So did Brittany, Madonna, Nicole and the Russians, NOT!...BECAUSE of the fact they were in sexualized poses and clothes and Clooney was not.

trevor beaty's picture

I actually think Faith Hill looked a lot better before the retouch as well.

Courtney's picture

I agree! They took away so much personality from her face when they erased all the smile lines.

Dani Riot's picture

These posts irritate me. Retouching is very rarely done to deceive. Firstly, the camera adds weight. And i'm not talking about the old wives tale, but it's what happens when you take a 2D image of a 3D object. When you flatten it, it looks bigger, and secondly, even when choosing different lenses, you get different 'weight' looks (i think even FStoppers have run articles on this very effect). But mostly, retouching is used to remove distraction. Viewers are critical. When you walk up to someone in real life, you don't stare and pick out their faults, but given an image and you will rip it to shreds. Distractions are removed so what is being sold is noticed first, and nothing will take away from it...

And lastly... where are you getting the RAW files from? Are there really that many photographers and retouchers who don't want/enjoy their jobs enough to publish these files? Rather shocking.

Roman Kazmierczak's picture

Because retouchers are so cheap, many photogs don't need to know what are they doing. If the picture is taken by "real pro" photographer, camera will not add the weight and picture will look like 3D. But these days everything is rotating around the money, it is cheaper to take the picture just to use it as an entry data for retoucher.
I have nothing against retouching though.

Spy Black's picture

Retouchers are "so cheap" because most of the the work today has been outsourced to India and the Far East.

Steve Williams's picture

I definitely agree with you. They could do a much better job by hiring a good photographer and getting better lighting, makeup, etc . . . instead of creating an image after the fact.

Dan Lizama's picture

While I partly agree about the camera "adding weight", it certainly enlargens certain portions of the crop and whatever falls in between, but it doesn't choose to enlarge just the belly, thighs and back of the arms, which is where the usual "fat removal" occurs. Aside from that, yours is a very interesting point of view and I never saw it that way, you are absolutely right, it does help compensate the overjudgment of people who stare at a picture and plant their gaze upon any imperfection that may occur, thus the aid of the retouchers.

Great comment!

Courtney's picture

Perhaps that's not WHY it is done, but the result is the same. Many medications are not MEANT to cause side effects, but they do just the same. When the side effect is worse than what you're correcting, it's time to stop or perhaps let up a bit. The fact is, these photos do give people a distorted body image that they cannot live up to whether that was the intent or not (including the people who are being retouched, I think. Look at all of the celebrities who are unhappy with the way the look and getting constant surgeries. These visuals take a toll on people).

Bogdane!'s picture

The last one is incredible. You should do a tutorial!

Fernando Villavicencio Mesinas's picture

i see no difference in the last one! Scam!!

Nicholas Dunning's picture

Wow I wish I could edit hair like some of these retouchers

Omar Tan's picture

The last one is the best. Definitely a pro retoucher. Lol

Remon's picture

Indeed, but if you look closely you will notice the ears have been moved slightly upwards.

Nick Fancher's picture


Adam Doyle's picture

This is too funny. The Megan Fox portrait is a retouch I did for personal practice several years ago and it keeps randomly appearing on sites like this.

Rebecca Britt's picture

How/Where did you get the RAW (or untouched photo)?

Adam Doyle's picture

Honestly I don't even remember. Here's the the post from 2009 - http://www.flickr.com/photos/hd500/3816194622/in/set-72157623903776496

David Leyland's picture

Angelina Jolie looks stunning before and after. Apart from some minor blemishes nothing changed. But who made such a mess of that poor lama it looked really attractive before the retouch!

Paceride's picture

I couldn't tell what had changed at all.

54432324543's picture

boah some look real crap untouched.. thank god for retouching.

M K's picture

lmao on the last one! trollolololol

Chad E Currie's picture

Amazing how many were heavily touched and how many were not that heavily touched.

Tony Guillaro's picture

Hahahaha thanks for the last shot...it made my day

David Apeji's picture

Katie Perry and Megan Fox barely needed anything.

Sam's picture

None of them need anything.

Thewirehead's picture

Katy definitely didn't. She's foxy either way.

Deeply Dapper's picture

About half of these are not professional retouches. Just someone with PS goofing around with filters. The real ones are subtly disturbing though.

Mr Blah's picture

Do you guys take all your posts on reddit?

Rebecca Britt's picture

No someone sent this to me on Facebook.

Felipe_Paredes's picture

Katy looks better without PS

lily ♡'s picture

The Jennifer Lawrence one disgusts me..she looked beautiful and curvy and natural before and they took away her natural figure. Not right.

Vikey's picture

Nice article...

Mallory Craig's picture

Just wrong what they did to Jennifer Lawerance.

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