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› How Photoshop training could save 'The Bachelorette' this season
  • Published on May 14, 2014

Andi Dorfman, star of this season's "The Bachelorette," may be looking for the love of her life, but after ABC posted a promo featuring an image of the 26-year-old with only one shoulder, she may be seeking more than affection this year.

"The Bachelorette" no longer has a chip on her shoulder
Dorfman may not have been selected as the victor of the previous season of "The Bachelor," but it's apparent in a new advertisement that there's no chip on her shoulder - in fact, she has no shoulder at all. The new season of ABC's hit reality program is set to air May 19, and to promote the series, the station released an ad featuring the young woman against a white background. While her makeup and hair have been perfectly styled, something seems to be missing: her entire right half.

The image only features the top half of Dorfman, with both of her hands clutching a rose in front of her body. While her hair falls and covers her left shoulder, her right is noticeably absent, replaced by white space instead. The image has been featured across a range of promotional items for the show, including its video and print advertisements, as well as its Facebook and Twitter profiles. These sites, however, have zoomed in on the image, making her lack of a right half less noticeable.

What's up with her hands?
Jezebel reported that while the shoulder is noticeably missing, Dorfman's hands have been replaced more sneakily. On the Twitter page for "The Bachelorette," the string of advertisements show Dorfman in a number of positions while donning the same outfit and hair style. In one image, her hands are holding rose petals, and viewers can see not only a large gold ring on her right hand, but her untouched fingernails, as well. In the image with no shoulder, however, her hands are several shades lighter, they don a professional French manicure and her ring is completely gone. Additionally, the hands in the picture look as though they are floating in mid-air - they do not seem to be connected to the rest of her body.

Avoiding Photoshop mishaps
Dorfman may have been the latest victim of a Photoshop disaster, but she's not the only star to suffer from poor craftsmanship. Learning how to properly navigate this tool is essential for designers who don't want to repeat similar highly publicized mistakes. Enrolling in Photoshop training from American Graphics Institute can help develop these skills and prevent unfortunate incidents such as this from occurring.

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.