It goes without saying Photoshop is not something you can master over night. Unlike Instagram, it is not a matter of just adding a filter, with layers, levels and exposure to consider when modifying your picture. Although the experts can make it look easy, videos are often sped up and learning the language of Photoshop can be a time consuming process. To prove our point, we have come up with our nine favourite Photoshop fails – if they don’t inspire you to take a course, we don’t know what will.
The six pack
Word of warning – if you are going to Photoshop a six pack onto your mirror selfie, make sure you edit your jaw line and arms as well.
The unnatural car pose
If you are cropping yourself onto the bonnet of your dream car, try to make the pose believable, get the size proportion right and make the background look legit. Or just don’t try and do this.
Just plain bizarre
We don’t really know what to say about this one. We’re not sure whether it’s the extinct dinosaurs or the three Chinese officials in the foreground, but if you are using Photoshop to create a cool cover photo, remember that cutting and pasting doesn’t always give you the look you were going for.
Perspectives are important
If you are cropping anything (including giant inflatable furniture) onto a stock image, make sure you get the angles right. The grass here is obviously sloping downwards, but yet this gravity defying furniture appears perfectly flat...something’s not right.
Hips don’t lie
To quote Shakira, the hips really don’t lie when editing a woman’s legs. Take this Photoshop fail for example, if you are taking inches off the thigh, make sure you make the hips match up, or you will be left with a rather alien looking angle.
Fingers can be a fiddle
If you take a photo of someone holding hands, it can often be tricky to work out who’s fingers are who’s. With this in mind, avoid photoshopping fingers where they shouldn’t be, or at all if they are on the front cover of a magazine.
Always ask for a helping hand?
(Quite literally with this image) – remember that if you are cropping someone out of the picture, don’t leave their hand in as this can look rather creepy.
It’s not what’s in the picture, but what’s missing
It might seem obvious, but cropping out a child’s arm to emphasise the brand logo is just not ok.
Remember what we said about perspective?
This guy should have listened to us. Although his right arm looks as if he spends his life in the gym, it is considerably bigger than his body and would give him the posture of a gorilla.
To avoid any of these classic errors next time you are editing your profile picture, why not sign up to a Photoshop course and learn from an industry expert?
Jane McGuire received her BA (English) from the University of Loughborough. A yoga enthusiast with a sweet tooth, in her spare time you will probably find Jane in the gym or online shopping.