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How To Spot a Photo That's Been Retouched

Watch more Photography Tips & Techniques videos: Subscribe to Howcast's YouTube Channel - Learn how to know if a photo has been retouched or photoshopped with the tips in this Howcast video. Howcast uploads the highest quality how-to videos daily! Be sure to check out our playlists for guides that interest you: Subscribe to Howcast's other YouTube Channels: Howcast Health Channel - Howcast Video Games Channel - Howcast Tech Channel - Howcast Food Channel - Howcast Arts & Recreation Channel - Howcast Sports & Fitness Channel - Howcast Personal Care & Style Channel - Howcast empowers people with engaging, useful how-to information wherever, whenever they need to know how. Emphasizing high-quality instructional videos, Howcast brings you experts who provide accurate information in easy-to-follow tutorials on everything from makeup, hairstyling, nail art design, and soccer to parkour, skateboarding, dancing, kissing, and much, much more. Step 1: Look at the lines Look at any square images in the photo, like road signs. Natural photos don't contain perfect 90-degree angles--but computers even them out. Step 2: Find patterns Look for recurring images--like the same cloud pattern or a group of people that is repeated elsewhere in the crowd. This indicates that a part of the picture has been replicated to cover up something else. Step 3: Study shadows Study shadows to make sure they're consistent. If two people in a photo are looking at each other, but the shadows on their faces indicate they're both looking directly at the sun--bingo! You're looking at a composite image. Step 4: Inspect seams Look closely at where body parts meet. When a head has been placed on someone else's body, it often appears at an odd angle and/or at a weird distance from the neck. Step 5: Use Photoshop Import the image and view it in Photoshop, if you have it. Click on "image," then "adjustments," then "hue/saturation." Set hue to "low" and saturation to "high." Now scroll the light bar back and forth. Splotches of discoloration indicate photo tampering. Did You Know? During John Kerry's 2004 presidential bid, someone merged a picture of Kerry at a 1971 peace rally and Jane Fonda at a political rally one year later to make it seem as though they were protesting the war together.
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