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› Leaked celebrity pre-Photoshop images spark debate
  • Published on March 2, 2015

This week images allegedly from separate photo shoots of Beyonce and Cindy Crawford appeared online, which purport to show the celebrities before Photoshop had been used on the images.

Some who celebrate natural beauty have cheered the release of these images, indicating that they are show that even super models and pop stars are shockingly human, and may have flaws. They are part of a broader effort to have more images released without retouching, and reduce body-image issues that arise among the general public. They contend that the release of images such as these, without Photoshop retouching, allows the public to be comfortable with their natural appearance, including any flaws.

Yet not everyone is appreciative of the images being released, showing how the stars appear before any Photoshop retouching is used. Some fans of the celebrities find it disrespectful to share images of their favorite star before any retouching has occurred. In the case of Beyonce, a large number of her fans complained to the site The Beyonce World, suggesting that the release of the images makes the performer look bad by casting her in a bad light with unflattering images.

Others have labeled the images as outright fakes, claiming that the photos which purport to show the stars before retouching have actually been worked on using Photoshop. They argue that the pre-retouching images are actually post-retouching images, which have been shared in an attempt to harass or demean their favorite celebrities. The photos of Beyonce created such a division amongst her fans that they were removed from the site that originally posted them.

Cindy Crawford took a different approach to her pre-Photoshop images being released. Her lawyer claims the images were altered in an effort to make the celebrity look bad, and were altered in an unflattering way. The images were requested to be removed, a request that was honored by many sites.

In the Photoshop training courses at American Graphics Institute participants learn the skills needed to retouch images discretely, professionally, and ethically. Creating high-quality images the original intent of the photo shoot.

About the author

 is a user experience designer, Photoshop expert, educator and author based in Boston. She is the author of more than 20 books on design tools and processes, including Adobe Creative Cloud for Dummies, Adobe Creative Cloud Digital Classroom, and Photoshop Digital Classroom. She has been awarded a Microsoft MVP three times for her work with user experience design in creating apps for touch, desktop, and mobile devices.

Jennifer delivers UX training and UX consulting for large Fortune 100 companies, small start-ups, and independent software vendors. She has been hired by Adobe and Microsoft to deliver training workshops to their staff, and has traveled to Asia, Europe, India, the Middle East, and across the U.S. to deliver courses and assist on UX design projects. She has extensive knowledge of modern Windows UX Design, having worked closely with the Windows team to create educational material and deliver UX workshops to key partners globally on behalf of Microsoft. Jennifer works with a wide range of prototyping tools including Fireworks, Photoshop, Illustrator, Blend for Visual Studio, and Balsamiq.