For all you Star Wars fans I apologize for false marketing. The Dark Side I am referring to is Photoshop. You might have heard me rant a few times about Adobes program and the thing is I have a love hate relationship with it. You can do some amazing things and you can also make people feel less about who they are.
For those that do not know what Photoshop is, it's a photo editing software program that can literally make people disappear, colors can be completely altered and thighs taken from a size 16 to a 10. It is an amazing program because you can bring back the color that many times is lost when pictures are taken. For example, I take a picture of someone wearing flaming red lipstick and when I go to look at the picture it now looks pink. It is because light plays tricks and lots of other reasons I am not going to google. With PS (abbreviation used from here on out) you can turn it back to that hot red it is in real life. Awesome right!? Right, but all things can be used for evil as well.
I love PS because it can add colors back in, crop pictures, sharpen my horrible photography skills and a list of other cool tricks. I despise PS because it has been used to alter our society in how we view what is normal, what is beautiful and what is real. Many times I am shown pictures of punk hair colors that people want that are beautiful. 9 times out of 10 when I study the picture I find that it has been photoshopped to look like that.. Here are a few examples that I've seen on Pinterest that are pretty popular. The examples below are not just modified slightly but the color completely altered.
Everyone loves this mermaidy ombre, I admit it is beautiful! But is this photoshopped!?
Why yes...yes my friends it is. Sad huh?
But she has matching makeup...this has to be real!
Side view, same girl, no hair color and no matching eyeshadow.
I don't even have a witty comment for this one
But here is the truth people, it's just not real.
So this is just the tip of the iceberg and where my distaste for PS uses start. It is awesome that we can make art and turn hair into beautiful colors like these above. The issue I have is that most people won't know this isn't real and that it had to be digitally manipulated to look this even, this multidimensional. In other words I have to tell them their baby is ugly and that is not my favorite part of the job.
Can you get beautiful punk colors? Absolutely and I have seen many and be prepared I am going to show you some of those as well. But you will have to wait until tomorrow!
In hopes to open a few eyes out there I am going to be doing more posts using different photoshopped mediums as well.
Have a good day and I hope you remembered to Fall back!
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