New Tool Reveals How Much Photoshopping Is DoneNovember 30, 2011 2 Comments
Photoshopping is dangerous. Not only does it show us a false view of reality, it has led to eating disorders in men, women and children. It causes people to compare their bodies to something that doesn’t exist. Fortunately, there may soon be a tool that shows us just how fake photoshopped pictures are.
This tool would tell us just how much pictures have been photoshopped on a scale of 1 to 5. It was developed by researchers at Dartmouth college who created an algorithm to track how many changes have been made to a photograph. A rating of one would mean “very similar” and five would mean “very different.”
Dr. Hany Farid, the professor who led the project, says his goal for the tool would be to have photoshop ratings on magazine covers and billboard ads. That way we would know what we are looking at is fabricated. But this dream is probably easier said then done.
It would take a lot of persuasion to make celebrities, magazine editors, publishers and other big wigs agree to this rating system. In fact, it would probably take protests, petitions and legislation. But it could be done. Photoshopping effects virtually everyone. One hundred percent of the population does not look like the covers of magazines. Not even the person on the cover looks like that picture.
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