The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

21 September 2006

When I think about you I retouch myself

Conventional wisdom says that the camera adds ten pounds. (Which, of course, makes me ask: "How do I get these nine or ten cameras off me?")

The standard solution, as Katie Couric knows, is good ol' Photoshop. But Photoshop is expensive — even Photoshop Elements, the stripped-down version with about four-fifths the functionality, isn't exactly cheap — and the learning curve for either is steep.

Hewlett-Packard has a workaround: cameras that can adjust the ratio between width and height to create a "slimming" effect which might, under certain conditions, be somewhat convincing.

Remember when photographs used to be good enough for evidence? Fuggeddaboudit.

(Via Salon.com's Broadsheet.)

Posted at 3:15 PM to Dyssynergy


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That could make for some rather long faces...

I use PhotoShop Elements and it is pretty good stuff. I don't remember it being very expensive, but then there's a lot I don't remember. PaintShop Pro is supposed to be very good and I think they still have a freebie version.

Posted by: Winston at 6:44 AM on 22 September 2006

I got Photoshop Elements free because it came with one of the digital cameras we have rattling around here somewhere.

Still haven't learned to use it.

Posted by: McGehee at 7:38 AM on 22 September 2006

Retail on Elements is around $129. I think I paid $99 for mine. (Full-blown Photoshop runs $600ish.)

Posted by: CGHill at 7:57 AM on 22 September 2006