08 December 2006

Electronic Surgery

Allow me to share with you something that I will call a "thought experiment."

A couple of days back, I edited one of our family photos to use as customized tags for our christmas gifts. While staring at our photos, I noticed just how tired we looked, what with the dark things going on under our eyes.
So I experimented a bit with Photoshop and lightened those dark areas.

I think I erased too much though. Har har. I blurred the background a bit to put in our Christmas message there. It was a hasty job really, and when I separated the background from us, the cut was a bit rough so I added a shadow to soften up the edges a bit.
Anyways, I had a meeting with a supplier the following day. As I stared at her explaining their products and services, my mind went blank. I looked at her face and saw the rather dark eyebags and some skin blemishes. I imagined having her face on the computer screen and then I clicked the healing brush tool and tried to lighten up the dark portions. And then I moved on to the blemishes.... I wondered how long it will take me to touch-up the photo.

And then I snapped back to reality when she asked me a question and I had to ask her to repeat her question. Hmmm... I wonder if this also happens often to those digital artists doing digital surgery on actors and actresses to make them look good on screen. Hah!

Happy weekend everyone!


  1. can you do my pimply face, watson? the lack of sleep made my already large eyebags even scarrier and darker.. with matching pimples pa!

  2. Anonymous4:19 pm

    sana nga photoshop lang ang ginagamit sa make-over, some of us can't afford a regular visit to the derma...


  3. Anonymous6:45 pm

    Neighbor ko husband nya ay 25 yrs older sa kanya, nagpakuha sila ng picture sa studio. Then sabi nya after 2 days pa raw makukuha dahil inaayos pa. Tinatanggalan pa raw ng wrinkles yung husband nya.

  4. Anonymous7:38 am

    I love the magic of photo editing. I use it too to make photos appear better.

    If only I can use photoshop in real life. It would be wonderful to erase all blemishes completely. :-)


  5. Anonymous1:47 pm

    Wow ang gleng! It's a mirakol!

  6. Anonymous9:07 pm

    natatawa naman ako sa post mo. pwedeng eksena sa pelikula yung meeting mo :) is the first photo not yet edited? hindi naman kayo mukhang tired doon - i think it's a nice family pic.

  7. You never mentioned the number of undo's in your imaginary editing. Haha.

    BTW, do you like your boss? If not, I'm pretty sure when you get to talk to the person, you'd be devising in your head how you'd transform the boss's face into a hideous ogre. Bwahaha.

  8. Ang galing. Mahalungkat nga ang mga pics ko dito tapos papadoktor ko sa 'yo, Dr. Watson! Heehee.

  9. Anonymous4:04 am

    hahaha .... ako rin mahilig ako mag-imagine na iniedit ko yung mukha o katawan nang ibang tao. sama ko noh... wehehe

  10. Dessagirl: it might take time eh. hehehe!

    Meowok: you can't afford to visit a derma? Anbilibabol.

    An: Hahaha! It a wonder how you sometimes don't look like your photo eh?

    Rach: I'm learning the ropes of photo editing and its really nice! Might come in handy for some side jobs too!

    Fionski: Ok ba sa olrayt?

    Cess: Ay talaga? Thanks!

    Abaniko: Currently I'm finding it really difficult to concentrate at meetings. hahaha!

    Toni: experiment ito? hehehe

    Airwind: Ibig sabihin ba nun, pati ako? ehehehe


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