Why Magazines Should Not Use Photoshop
In recent years, there has been a lot of discussion about the use of Photoshop in magazines. Some people believe that Photoshop is used to make people look unrealistically perfect, and this can lead to unrealistic expectations and body image issues.
Others believe that Photoshop is simply a tool that can be used to create beautiful images, and that it is not necessarily harmful.
I believe that magazines should not use Photoshop. Here are some of the reasons why:
1. Photoshop can create unrealistic images.
When Photoshop is used to make people look unrealistically perfect, it can create unrealistic expectations and body image issues. People may see an image of a model in a magazine and think that they need to look like that in order to be considered attractive.
This can lead to eating disorders, body dysmorphia, and a whole host of other mental health issues.
2. Photoshop can be used to airbrush away imperfections.
While some people may see this as a positive, I believe it is actually harmful. Imperfections are what make us human, and by airbrushing them away, we are essentially erasing part of our humanity.
Furthermore, this can lead to people thinking that they need to look perfect in order to be accepted, which is again harmful to mental health.
3. Photoshop can be used to change people’s appearances.
This is particularly harmful when it comes to children and young adults. If someone sees a photo of a child who has been Photoshopped, they may think that the child actually looks like that in real life.
This can lead to body image issues and low self-esteem.
4. There is no need for Photoshop.
There is no need for magazines to use Photoshop. There are plenty of other ways to create beautiful images without resorting to using this software. Furthermore, there are plenty of real people out there who are beautiful just the way they are, imperfections and all.
Magazines should not use Photoshop because it can create unrealistic images, airbrush away imperfections, change people’s appearances, and there is no need for it.